Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood program at Operation Breakthrough has achieved and maintained national accreditation since 2005 from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It provides hands-on-learning experiences, supportive teacher interactions and language-rich environments for 360 children between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Developmentally appropriate programming in our 29 classrooms, MakerSpace and SmartLab is guided by Head Start with the goal of preparing children for success in school. The Early Childhood program operates weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to enable parents to work full time and support their families. For enrollment information, please call 816-841-3382 or send an email to email@example.com.
About 350 children, ages 5 to 14, come to Operation Breakthrough before and after school and during summer vacations for tutoring, homework help, book club meetings, supervised outdoor play, peer support groups and special programs. Through our talent exploration program, children get the chance to develop their talents in special interest areas such as tennis, computers, dance, choir, soccer and art.
For enrollment information, please contact Donis Beale at 816-329-5237.
Operation Breakthrough is home to a SmartLab. The SmartLab features fully integrated systems of hardware, software, furnishings, online curriculum, educational kits, manipulatives and assessment tools. This allows kids at Operation Breakthrough to engage with a wide range of activities like robotics, electronics or even graphic arts.
Operation Breakthrough's MakerSpace promotes personalized learning through the use of real materials to tinker, problem solve, collaborate and create. Over 300 children have the opportunity to engage with the MakerSpace's six different zones each week. The six zones include textiles, construction/toy hacking, studio arts, chef's corner, the green screen and code world/robotics. These areas provide a creative outlet as well as opportunities to practice problem solving.
The Outdoor Classroom was developed to connect our urban core children to the natural world. Classroom areas include flower and vegetable gardens, a wind area, composting area, and a dirt-digging area. There are opportunities for children of all ages to harvest fruits and vegetables, explore animal and insect life, observe the elements and experience the outdoors.