During a Learning Check-Up, a parent/caregiver with a child age 0-5 makes an appointment with a Start at Zero staff member to complete a developmental screening. The screening evaluates 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 attendance 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.
Through the Family Visiting program, a certified Parent Educator meets regularly with a parent/caregiver with a child prenatal to age 5 and uses the Parents as Teachers curriculum to support healthy child development and family well-being. Family Visits are scheduled weekly, every 2 weeks, or monthly depending on the family’s 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, including 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.
Play and Learn Groups
Click HERE to see our Playgroup calendar and to sign up!
Through Start at Zero Play and Learn Groups, young children and their parents and caregivers participate in fun, preschool-like activities and get to know other families in their community. Play and Learn Groups are facilitated by Start at Zero staff who welcome families, prepare activities, and guide the playgroup. See the calendar below to see our fun themes for this session!
Play and Learn Groups are designed to help your child get ready for success in school and life, even if they are only crawling at the time. Play and Learn Groups give your child an opportunity to play with other children and practice school skills like colors, numbers, using a pencil, waiting their turn, listening to a story, and much more!
Community Resource Coordination
A Community Resource Coordinator meets with families with a child prenatal to age 5 to learn about the family strengths and needs and to create a “resource wish list.” The ability to access resources 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 Coordinator follows up to support as needed.
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.
Parent Café is a series of conversations to keep families healthy and strong. Parent Cafè is led by parents and caregivers with the goal of promoting positive relationships between the adults caring for young children. Parent Café is grounded in the research-based Protective Factors, which are parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and social/emotional competence of children.
Parents, if you are interested in joining, let us know! You will be able to participate in a 3-part conversation with other parents that recognizes and affirms the gifts that each of us bring to the table. Then, develop yourself as a parent leader and take a meaningful role in future Parents Cafè sessions in our community!
The Educare initiative promotes early childhood education through a simple approach: educate and train those who care for our children between zero and three, and up through school age. Educare provides on-site visits to enhance childcare programs that serve children receiving state assistance. A friendly, experienced trainer can work together with you and the children in your home or center. Appointments are available during childcare hours.
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!