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Sarah Monfore – Principal
"At Sunshine Center each family and child has the opportunity to work with a interdisciplinary team that includes early childhood educators, special educators, and therapists. Because each situation is unique, our team involves the family in the process to meet the changing needs of each child. PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:
Independence School District Early Education: The fist years of a child's life are important; they lay the foundation for what's to come. District sponsored Early Education programs work with the whole family to create the best possible experiences for a child's maximum growth and social development. The fundamental goal of the Early Education Program is to prepare children for school success by enhancing their social skills and supporting their desire to learn. In striving to achieve this goal, the cognitive (thinking), social, emotional, creative and physical development of all children is enhanced through activities that meet each child's developmental needs, both inside and outside the classroom. Family involvement plays a big role in all of the early education programs of the Independence School District. Fun and educational evening activities give parents a chance to enjoy their children while making friends and getting new ideas to take home.
Early Head Start – Early Head Start provides high quality full-day child care for children through age three. The Early Head Start centers are open from 6:30a.m. to 6:00p.m. year round. This program is free to families who qualify. Transportation is not provided
Head Start – Head Start provides a part-day preschool program for children and families. The part-day program is 3 1/2 hours a day, 4 days a week (Monday – Thursday) following the Independence School District K-12 calendar. The part-day program is a free program to families who qualify. Transportation is provided. Children must be three by July 31st of the current school year.
Childcare Option – Sunshine Center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. year round. Parents pay for these services . Payment help may also be available from DSS (please contact your local DSS office at 816-325-6040 for more information). Transportation is not provided."