We do everything we do because children who enter kindergarten with early academic and social/emotional skills are more likely than their peers to attain higher levels of education, experience academic success, and achieve economic independence.
Our Model: Turning Elementary Schools into “Hubs” of Early Childhood Family Support
Early Childhood Parent/Caregiver Education
Delivered by Quality Parent Educators
Based in an Elementary School
Reaching Families of the School and Neighborhood
Our History, Mission, and Vision
Start at Zero was founded in 2013 by two Kansas City mothers, completed a 2-year pilot program funded by The Kauffman Foundation, and became a non-profit organization in August of 2016.
Start at Zero's mission is to ensure that parents have the tools they need to be participants in, and advocates for, their child's health and education.
Start at Zero's vision is a thriving education ecosystem that prepares all children for a lifetime of success.
The Importance of School Partnership
Partnership with local elementary schools is a key distinguishing factor of Start at Zero. By partnering with Start at Zero, schools can develop a pipeline of kindergarten ready kids and engaged parents, while being a part of strengthening their community.
Our partner schools are located in Kansas City neighborhoods where the annual median family income is less than $25,000. Start at Zero was founded on the belief that by locating early childhood parent education in elementary schools and using it as a capacity-building, outreach, and trust-building strategy, both schools and families win.