Early Education Program

The ISD Early Education Program is now enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year! Contact Hanthorn today to learn more about our program and what services are offered at 816-521-5485!


Together parents, teachers, staff, and community create an EARLY start to your child's bright future!

Research shows that the first years of a child's life are important; they lay the foundation for what's to come. Independence School District Early Education is proud to offer a comprehensive program that works with the whole family to create the best possible experiences for your child's growth and development.

The fundamental goal of ISD Early Ed 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, social, emotional, creative and physical development of all children is enhanced through activities that meet each child's developmental needs.

Family involvement plays a big role in all of the early education programs of the Independence School District. Fun and educational activities give parents a chance to enjoy their children while making friends and getting new ideas to try at home.

Early Education / Preschool

The Independence School District provides Early Education / Preschool for six weeks to five year old at several elementary schools, plus Sunshine Center operated by ISD and Hanthorn. The centers are open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m year round. 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.

Full Day Sites:

  • Benton - 429 S Leslie - 521-5392
  • Blackburn - 17302 R.D. Mize Rd - 521-5397
  • Glendale - 2611 Lee's Summit Rd - 521-5512
  • Hanthorn - 1511 Kingshighway - 521-5485
  • Korte - 2437 S Hardy - 521-5432 
  • Little Blue - 2020 Quail Dr - 521-5482
  • Luff - 3700 S Delaware - 521-5417
  • Mill Creek - 2601 N Liberty - 521-5422
  • Ott - 1525 N Noland - 521-5437
  • Randall - 509 Jennings - 521-5447
  • Santa Fe - 1301 S Windsor - 521-5452
  • Sunshine Center - 18400 E Salisbury Rd - 521-5526
  • Sycamore Hills - 15208 E 39 - 521-5467
  • Truman High School - 3301 S Noland - 521-5350 
  • William Southern - 4300 Phelps - 521-5477

Head Start Part Day

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 (Tuesday-Friday) following the Independence School District K-12 calendar. The part-day program is a free program to families who qualify. Transportation is provided.

Part Day Sites:

Sunshine Center( as operated by Independence School District) - 18400 E. Salisbury Road- 521-5526

Hanthorn - 1511 Kingshighway - 521-5485

Part Day Parent Pay options are available for $75.00 a week at select sites. Please contact the Early Education office at 521-5300 for more information!

Early Childhood Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education provides services for children ages three through age five with special needs.

Hanthorn - 1511 Kingshighway - 521-5485

Parents as Teachers

Learning begins before birth for families enrolled in our Parents as Teachers program. Parent educators start working with parents-to-be, and continue with the family until the child goes to kindergarten. The Parents as Teachers program includes home visits, screenings and group activities. Parents learn how to make the most of their child’s crucial, early learning years and strengthen their relationship with their child. The Parents as Teachers program is free to families in the Independence School District. The Parents as Teachers program follows the Independence School District K-12 calendar.

Call 521-5485 to enroll.

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. Transportation is not provided.