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josepeppsJoin Head Start of Shawnee Mission and Jose Pepper’s in Mission for great food for a great cause! On Sunday, October 19th, Jose Pepper’s located at 6870 Johnson Drive in Mission, Kansas, will donate a portion of your dinner purchase to Head Start of Shawnee Mission. Just download and print this fundraising flyer and present it to wait staff when ordering.

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2014 Holiday Adoption Program


Kid with teddy croppedWith the holiday season around the corner, we are excited to begin gearing up for our 2014 Holiday Adoption Program! Head Start of Shawnee Mission is committed to ensuring enrolled children and families experience a happy holiday season. For more information, download our 2014 Holiday Adoption Flyer or email



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Crayon Box Tours


We offer free, one-hour tours of our program to increase community awareness about Head Start of Shawnee Mission. Visitors will get to see our terrific kids getting off the bus – ready to start their day, and visit our classrooms during our family style breakfast or lunch periods. You’ll learn about our program and the comprehensive services we offer our children and their families. These tours have been very successful in spreading the word about what we’re doing over here at 8155 Santa Fe Drive. Since starting the Crayon Box Tours in 2007, over 1,000 people have walked our halls, met our children, and learned more about the impact or program is making. Our hope is that those who visit us will share what they’ve learned on the tour with friends and colleagues. You never know when someone might need our services.

To schedule a tour, please contact Megan Campbell at 913-649-9714, ext. 247 or email We hope to see you!

Upcoming Tour Dates:

October 1st, Wednesday – 11:30 a.m.

November 5th, Wednesday – 8:30 a.m.

December 2nd, Tuesday – 11:30 a.m.


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Accepting Community Applications


Enrollment opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year are still available for all families in our community for infant/toddler/preschool slots. We offer a limited number of slots with competitive rates and no residency or income requirements.

Our classrooms are filled with opportunities for developing the skills needed for success in school and life! Check us out:

  • Kansas Quality Rating Improvement System (KQRIS) 4 Star Rating
  • High Scope Curriculum
  • Child-guided and teacher facilitated learning
  • Head Start Program Performance Standards driven
  • 8 to 1 preschool student/teacher ratio and 8 to 3 infant/teacher ratio
  • State of Kansas licensed
  • Degreed and experienced teaching staff

If you have a child age 5 or under, contact us for enrollment information on our quality early childhood education program at 913-649-9714.

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Purchase a book for a Head Start child


Head Start of Shawnee Mission is partnering with Rainy Day Books for an opportunity for Head Start enrolled children to receive books from you! Community friends are invited to choose a book from our wish list below. To get started, just click the link of the book you’d like to purchase. Or pick your own preschool favorite from the Rainy Day Books database.

Add the book to your cart, choose in-store pickup as your shipping option, and add Head Start to your order comments field. Rainy Day Books will arrange the book delivery with us!

Thank you for considering the opportunity to put books into the hands – and homes of low income children.

My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell

It’s Hard To Be Five by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell

I’m Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell

Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell

Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn, Rosalind Beardshaw

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Favorite Words by Eric Carle

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond

Llama Llama Red Pajama
by Anna Dewdney, Anna Dewdney

Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems, Mo Willems

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Sign up for our newsletters


Sign up to receive Head Start of Shawnee Mission’s monthly e-blast for news about our program, upcoming events, and different opportunities to get involved!

Print and fill out this form and bring it in, or send an email to and tell us you’d like to receive our newsletters.

Note: We respect your privacy. We will not share your e-mail address with any other outside entity, and you may opt out at any time.


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GoodSearch – A Great Way to Give


GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

Here’s a new easy way to raise money for Head Start of Shawnee Mission. Just start using Yahoo! powered as your search engine and they’ll donate about a penny to your favorite cause every time you do a search!

In addition, do all of your shopping through their online shopping mall,, where you can shop at more than 2,000 top online retailers and a percentage of your purchases will go to this non-profit organization. You pay the same price as you normally would, but a donation goes to your cause!

Here’s the web site — You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.

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DealBug – Another Way to Give


Have you subscribed yet? Join DealBug and support Head Start of Shawnee Mission! It’s fast and easy!

DealBug is a deal-of-the day website that gives back to local charities, churches and schools.

Sign up at to get daily deal alerts and see what the buzz is all about!





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