Online Enrollment is Now Closed.

*If you missed orientations you can view and download the full handbook below


2018 Site Locations

*We are no longer taking applications for these sites

Site Grades Address
Covenant Presbyterian 4 – 6 5931 Swope Parkway, KCMO  64130  
Garrison Community Center K-5 1124 E. 5th Street KCMO 641  
*Holy Cross K – 8 121 N. Quincy, KCMO  64123  
Jamison Temple 1 – 6 3115 E. Linwood Blvd, KCMO  64128
Macedonia Baptist Church K – 5 1700 E. Linwood Blvd, KCMO  64109
Mary Kelly Center 1 – 5 2803 E. 51st Street, KCMO  64130
Metropolitan AME Zion K – 3 2828 Prospect, KCMO  64109
*Metropolitan Missionary Baptist K – 8 2310 E Linwood, KCMO
Operation Breakthrough 1 – 6 3039 Troost, KCMO  64109  
Paseo Baptist Church K – 5 2501 Paseo Blvd, KCMO  64108
*St. Louis Church 1-3 5930 Swope Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64130
*Upper Room Child Development Center K 5900 Swope Parkway, KCMO  64130  
Wesley Heights United Methodist 1 – 8 1903 Hardesty, KCMO  

Field Trips

2018’s Summer Program will include a handful of field trips for opportunities of fun and learning. Please check back as we confirm more locations!

“Building a City of Readers” at Sprint Center with Mayor Sly James June 20th

Coco Keys Water Resort

Science City

Skate City

More coming soon!


2018 Updates

2018’s summer program will be an eight-week program in partnership with Kansas City Public Schools running from May 30th to July 27th.

Students in the Kansas City school district can only enroll in the full eight-week program.

The program is available for free to all students who live in the Kansas City School District Area.

Students who live in the Kansas City school district area, but attend charter schools are also welcome to attend our summer program.

The KCPS program will be available at 14 sites conveniently located throughout the Kansas City area.

Please see a list of these sites below.

Enrollment is currently open and available at this link.

The Summer Academic Program

Our Summer Academic Program is focused on helping children to prevent the summer learning slide and serving the working parent as well. This program is for students entering Kindergarten – 8th grade. The program runs from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Mondays – Fridays in the summer. Students focus on English Language Arts (ELA), math, fine arts and physical activity with the help of certified teachers, youth counselors, and volunteer tutors. Instructional time is from 8:00 – 3:30 pm each day, with a break for lunch. Teachers track each students’ progress daily to ensure quality programming. After an instructional time, students are able to participate in various enrichment activities and are also given an afternoon snack.

All of this is FREE to our families in the Kansas City School District. Our program is open to all students, regardless of family income. We try our best to accommodate all of our applicants. We do not turn any students away until our capacity has been met.

Summer Program Components


We hire certified teachers to work with our students on ELA skills. The curriculum is based on the Missouri Learning Standards and therefore, provide students a precursor to the skills, strategies,  and content they will explore during the next academic school year.


Math is essential to the education of our students. Certified teachers also work with our students each day using a curriculum modified for the grade level they teach.


All students have the opportunity to be exposed to fine arts programming throughout the summer program. Music, art class, and field trips to expose our students to the wonderful world of art.


Each student is provided with a nutritious lunch and snack each day. Students are also exposed to recreational activities in the afternoon. We keep our students healthy and active all summer long!


Field trips take place in the afternoon when instructional time is finished. Field trips provide an outlet of fun and a reward for the students’ hard work on ELA and math. Field Trips include activities such as visits to educational and entertainment locations around the city.

Learning to read better has been my favorite part of the summer because it makes me feel like an smarter, older kid.

CherishSummer Program Participant

I am a teacher and I cannot tell you how impressed I am with your program. So simple, yet so perfect.

BrookeLocal Teacher

One student’s grandma told me we have a bigger impact than we realize – that our volunteering means a lot to the families.

AndiSummer Program Volunteer

Evaluation of Our Curriculum

In 2007, with a generous grant from the Hall Family Foundation, we had Johns Hopkins University send in a team of Ph.D.’s to evaluate our ELA program. The evaluation showed that in the eight weeks the students were with us the average student gained one full academic year in reading! That result made us one of the top summer ELA programs in the country. This quality carries over into our After School Program as well. Click the link to read the Johns Hopkins Evaluation – Executive Summary.

For more information on how to enroll your student in Summer Academic Program, please call us at (816) 923-2997.

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