During a Learning Check-Up, a parent/caregiver with children age 0-5 makes an appointment with a Start at Zero staff member to complete a developmental screening. The screening will include evaluation of 5 domains: language, gross motor (using arms and legs), fine motor (using fingers and hands), problem-solving, and social/emotional skills. Depending on the screening results, connections can be made to early intervention, healthcare, or other resources.
Start at Zero offers Learning Check-Ups to families living within the Kansas City Public School System boundaries. If you are interested, fill out the form on this page to be contacted by a Start at Zero staff member to schedule an appointment.
In our Family Visiting program, certified Parent Educators meet regularly with parents/caregivers of children age 0-5 and use the Parents as Teachers curriculum to partner with families to support healthy child development and family well-being. Family Visits are scheduled weekly, every 2 weeks, or monthly depending on family needs and wishes, and the program is designed to support families for 2 years or more. Family Visits can be held in a variety of locations: in homes, schools, clinics, and other community locations.
Our Family Visiting program is offered to families living in specific zip codes in Kansas City, Missouri. If you are interested, please fill out the referral form on this page and we will contact you with more information.
Start at Zero Playgroups are a place where young children and their families participate in fun, educational activities and get to know other families in their community. Start at Zero Playgroups are facilitated by a Parent Educator and other Start at Zero staff and volunteers who welcome families, prepare activities, and guide the playgroup.
If you are the parent of a baby, toddler, or preschooler and would like to join us, we have several weekly groups to choose from. See the calendar page for details. No need to register- just stop by! Playgroups are free and open to all families. Also make sure to join us for our big “Family Playgroup” held every 2nd Saturday of the month.
Community Resource Coordination
A Community Resource Coordinator meets with families of children age 0-5 to learn about the family strengths and needs to create a “wish list” of resources that can lead to increased family stability and well-being. The appointment can also include completing family and child screenings/assessments to find the best resource connections for the family. After connecting the family with resources, the Community Resource Coordinator follows up to support as needed to access resources.
If you are a family needing help finding good resources, we can help. Give us a call or fill out the referral form and our Community Resource Coordinator will reach out.
In-Home Childcare Provider Network
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If you are interested in any of our programs, please fill out this referral form and a Start at Zero staff will reach out to you!