In 2023, EarlystART anticipates serving up to 230 students (age six weeks to 5 years) and their families through its early childhood educational centers in the urban core of Kansas City. EarlystART provides a child-centered, play-based curriculum taught by highly credentialed teachers in an arts-infused environment
EarlystART's wrap-around services also enhance family stability, encourage strong parent-child relationships, and contribute to the children's overall development and education.
The primary purpose of the program is to engage families and young children with healthy social-emotional regulation and coping techniques to reduce and prevent violence. EarlystART provides an environment in which children and their families feel secure, and is committed to providing a safe and stable place for all students to learn and grow.
Further, a growing body of research finds that arts integration—the “blending of content and skills between an art form and a co-curricular subject”—supports academic achievement and social behavior. EarlystART's centers are a safe, uplifting resource for children and family support that strengthens resiliency and quality of life.
The COMBAT-supported program infuses the arts into the learning environment and offers community experiences in the arts with support for a full-time arts educator, daily arts instruction, teacher training, and family engagement activities designed to align with developmental needs.
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