Parents as Teachers Newsletter

North Kansas City Schools * December 2020

We are moving!!

On December 14th we will say goodbye to our current office and begin moving into our new home in the new North Kansas City Schools Early Education Center! When you come back from winter break you will find us in our new space on January 5th, 2021!!!

  • Success By 6 will have its own room--where someday (when COVID rules allow it) families will be able to gather and play, in addition to checking out toys.

  • The parent educators are getting their own dedicated office space where they can all meet up and support each other.

Follow the progress of the early education center at We can't wait to share the new center with you!

Preschool Screenings for 2021-22 School Year

We will begin developmental preschool screenings for 2021-2022 school year in January! At this time we are planning to do the screenings virtually to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe. If you have a child that will be 3 or 4 on or before July 31, 2021 they may be eligible for one of our preschool programs. We will be prioritizing our students who are entering their preK year. Preschool programs for the next school year will include half day and full day options at the new center OR full day preschool classrooms located in some of our elementary buildings. As always, these preschool programs are FREE and include eligibility requirements. Look for a flyer coming out soon with more details and a link to sign up for a screening. Please call our office at 321-5453 if you have questions.

Success By 6

See the calendar below for dates we are open during the move and the holidays! As always you can access the most recent catalogs and the check out form on the Parents as Teachers webpage.

Fine Motor Activities To Do at Home

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All About Language Development- Parent Information Night

Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

North Kansas City Schools Early Childhood Education Speech Pathologists Heather White and Ashley Fields are joining us to talk about speech and language development during the early childhood years. They will discuss development across the domains, language milestones, and activities you can do at home to promote speech and language development.

Click here to join the meeting.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Family Activity Night--Gingerbread Baby!

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

Parent educators Laura and Leigh have planned a fun online group activity around the book Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett!

Each family that signs up will pick up an activity kit before our event and then we can all craft and learn together in the safety of our own homes! Activity kit pick-up will be on December 4th and 7th. Kits will be filled with all the supplies needed for the evening. Families will need to sign up for this event--spaces are limited.

Sign up for your activity kits here. Families that signup will be emailed the link to join the meeting.

This is a holiday free event, open to every family.

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Parent Cafe- all ages

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 1:30-2:30pm

This is an online event.

Parenting is hard. Parenting during a pandemic…well that’s a whole new set of challenges none of us were prepared for! We could all benefit from having someone to chat with right now; someone to share your joys and frustrations, your questions, and your concerns with.

Our new Parent Café series is an informal time for parents to come together and be real with each other about how parenting is going. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us online for an hour!

Click here to join the meeting

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Bedtime Stories Group Connection

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Put on your jammies, grab your family and snuggle in as Kathleen and Leanne share bedtime stories and fingerplays with the family at 6:30!

Afterwards they will be answering questions about helping your child sleep!

Click here to join the meeting

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

PBS Kids BackPack Newsletter

Parent Educator Audrey King, recently told us about a great newsletter --The Backpack from PBS Kids! It is filled with at-home learning activities, videos, games, and more for your preschool and elementary-age kiddos. Click the link to Subscribe.

DESE Early Connections Website

DESE (Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary education) has developed a new website to support families with young children by going to one website for all of their early education needs.

Families can find:

  • milestone trackers
  • information on finding quality child care in your area
  • links local resources to support your families needs
  • brain development information ( there is a great 2 minute video to watch)

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Make it a Crafty & Creative Christmas

Missing Storytime?

Mid-Continent Public Library offers virtual storytimes, dial-a-story, and more!

Dial a Story: Check this page each week for a new story read for you by one of our MCPL staff members. You can hear the story by visiting this page or calling 816.701.6904

Virtual Storytimes are offered on most Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 am. Click here to see the full list.

Book Bundles: Don’t know what books to check out for your child? Call the library and ask for a book bundle! They have ready-made bundles or can pull books based on your child's interests. You can even use the curbside service to pick the books up!

Riverside Branch: 2700 N.W. Vivion Road, Riverside, MO 64150, 816.741.6288

Antioch Branch: 6060 N. Chestnut Ave. Gladstone, MO 64119, 816.454.1306

Tumblebooks offers free animated talking picture books for children. All you need is a library card to access the site.

Virtual Events: Go to MCPL events to see the complete list. A few events for families include:

Community Resources

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Harvesters Mobile Food Pantry

Harvesters will be distributing food to families at locations across the Northland throughout the month of November at Mobile Distribution Sites. (see below)

For the complete list of Missouri locations click here.

Diaper Assistance

Clay County Health Department – Drive-Thru Mass Diaper Distribution For NEW CLIENTS ONLY

800 Haines Drive Liberty, MO 64068

Distribution Time:

Wednesday, November 4th 3:00pm-5:00pm or while supplies lasts

Wednesday, December 2nd 3:00pm-5:00pm or while supplies lasts

For your safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers, diapers will be loaded into the trunk of your car.

Please bring the following!!!

  1. Parent/Guardian ID (Driver’s/State ID or Passport)
  2. ID for Child under 4 years of age (Birth Certificate, Medicaid Card, State ID, Passport)

Love INC of Clay County
2050 Plumbers Way, Suite 160 Liberty, Mo 64068 816-781-3200

Distribution Time: Monthly between the 15th and last business day of each month

New Enrollments: Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-12:00pm and 12:30pm-3:00pm

Must live in Clay or Platte County.
Additional documentation required! Please bring a social security card for each household member and proof of residence is Clay or Platte County.

For more details on diaper distribution in Clay county click here