Did you know...
- 70% of our families live on less than $12,000 annually..
Operation Breakthrough cares each weekday for more than 700 children, ages 6 weeks to 14 years.
More than 70% of the enrolled families live below the federal poverty guidelines, most far below the guidelines.
1 out of 5 children we serve is homeless and 65% of our children have experienced trauma or witnessed one or more incidents of violence by age 5.
Many live in battered women's or homeless shelters or transitional living programs. Often they sleep on the sofas of friends or relatives, sometimes even living in cars, rundown hotels or abandoned buildings.
Hear It From the Children Themselves
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What Do They Need?
There are several critical services no person should live without. Operation Breakthrough provides educational programs,
healthcare, parent programs and emergency services to the children and families they serve.
The Early Childhood program at Operation Breakthrough provides hands-on learning experiences, supportive teacher interactions and language-rich environments for 402 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. We also provide educational services to children ages 5 to 18 in our before- and after-school and full-day summer program, which focuses on literacy, STEM and arts activities, while fostering critical thinking, collaboration and social skills.
A pediatrician, nurse practitioner and other health professionals perform well-child checkups, screenings, diagnose and administer treatment in our Children’s Mercy Hospital’s satellite clinic.
Operation Breakthrough helps empower parents of our children by offering a variety of resources known as our Parent Programming. Families struggling to make ends meet have access to programs like Women Infants and Children (WIC), emergency services and housing. Support is also provided through adult therapy for those dealing with stress or mental health issues and education on topics like challenges with child-rearing, child development or household management is available in the family nurturing program.
Operation Breakthrough provides groceries from it's food pantry, clothing, diapers, furniture, household supplies and utility assistance to families in need. With community support, the Center also meets families' seasonal needs for items such as school supplies and holiday gifts.