Healthy Kids Bright Futures expands with new staff, centers and key partner



Healthy Kids Bright Futures welcomes two community navigators, two centers and a new partner to its comprehensive project.

Miranda Carpenter and Micah Rose Emerson have come on board as community navigators and will support families with children in partnering early care and education centers in KCK and KCMO, respectively. They will conduct initial comprehensive screenings and provide ongoing family support with referrals to community resources and services.

Micah Rose Emerson

Miranda Carpenter

Carpenter comes to us from Kansas Children’s Service League. Her experience includes home visits with foster care families and mental health and educational based services.

Emerson, through her work at CarePortal, has experience connecting families in crisis with area churches that can respond in real-time.

“Bringing community navigators on board is giant step toward really being able to make an impact for families in Kansas City,” says Rhonda Erpelding, project director.

Start at Zero has signed on as a partner. This local nonprofit was founded by two Kansas City mothers in 2016 to provide a community-centered approach to kindergarten-ready kids and empowered families.

“Start at Zero’s involvement is key because its mission aligns closely with that of Healthy Kids Bright Futures,” Erpelding said.

Three early care and education centers have also signed on to the project. Learning and Fun Preschool, Happy Day Preschool and Hillview Christian Children’s Center are committed to providing high quality programming.

“Collectively, the eight centers involved in Healthy Kids Bright Futures will impact more than 200 children and their families in the Kansas City metro area,” Erpelding said. 

Healthy Kids Bright Futures lifts up families with children ages zero to three to build a strong foundation for children’s academic success. The project connects families to coordinated services while engaging them in building leadership in Healthy Kids Bright Futures and in their communities.

The project focuses on non-Early Head Start, early care and education centers that serve families with limited income in communities that have the greatest need. In Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, there are more children who need care than available quality spaces in centers.

For more information, call 816-523-5353 or email Rhonda Erpelding.



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