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  • Educational Programs

  • Early Childhood Education Program
    The Early Childhood program at Operation Breakthrough earned national accreditation in 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 320 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years. Developmentally appropriate programming is guided by Head Start and Quality Rating System (QRS) with the goal of preparing children for success in school. The Early Childhood program operates weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to enable parents to work full time and support their families.
  • Before and After School Program
    About 200 children, ages 5 to 17, come to Operation Breakthrough before and after school and summer vacations for tutoring, homework help, book club meetings, supervised outdoor play, peer support groups, classroom enrichment activities and other special programs. While at Operation Breakthrough, children get the chance to explore and develop their talents in special interest areas such as tennis, computers, photography, dance, athletics, drama and art.
  • Summer Time Enrichment Programs
    Operation Breakthrough provides a full summer of fun and educational activities for more than 200 children, ages 5 to 17. Called STEPS, our Summer Time Enrichment ProgramS include job shadowing with professionals in the community, swimming lessons, field trips, art classes, sports camps, reading programs, community service, math and science activities, life skills classes and performing arts experience. Click here to support STEPS.
  • Mentoring/Tutoring
    Community volunteers visit the center regularly to read one-on-one with children, help with schoolwork and to give time and attention to children who need a friend.
  • Computer Center
    Fully equipped by the community, Operation Breakthrough's computer center offers opportunities for school age children to work in small groups to do internet research, homework or relax and play games under adult supervision.
  • Literacy Program
    Preschoolers regularly attend Story Hour and read with community volunteers in Operation Breakthrough's 10,000-volume library. School-age children are tested to determine their reading levels and matched with books at their level using the Accelerated Reader Program. They strive toward reading goals and win special privileges, such as field trips and enrollment in arts classes, by reading books and passing computerized quizzes that measure their reading comprehension. Many children also attend weekly book club meetings and strengthen their skills by reading to preschoolers as part of our Peer Reading program.
  • Collegebound
    We partner with community volunteers and the Duke Alumni Association of Greater Kansas City to help our high school juniors and seniors navigate the college application process. This program includes ACT prep, FAFSA completion assistance, college visits and scholarship research. Through donations, we are also able to provide scholarship monies to some of our star students.
  • Violence Prevention
    Through the Second Step program, preschoolers participate weekly in singing, role playing, puppet shows and discussion that teaches them to share, compromise and express their feelings through words. Preteens and adolescents learn about nonviolent communication and healthy relationships in the Boys' or Girls' support groups.
  • Pediatric Health

  • USDA-Approved Meal Program
    The children are served a hot breakfast and lunch and an afternoon snack each day. These meals are the main source of nutrition for many children.
  • Children's Mercy Clinic
    A nurse practitioner and other health care professionals diagnose and treat children, perform well-child checkups and developmental screenings and offer health education for parents in an on-site clinic, operated in partnership with Children's Mercy Hospital.
  • Immunizations
    In collaboration with the Kansas City Health Department and Children's Mercy Hospital, immunization clinics are held monthly for the children at Operation Breakthrough, which has resulted in a near 100% immunization rate at our center.
  • Dental Clinic
    Dentists and Dental Hygienists offer free cleanings, preventative and corrective care for Operation Breakthrough's children and their parents in our on-site dental clinic.
  • Vision Clinic
    Volunteer Ophthalmologist offers free vision exams to our children and families in our full service, on-site Vision Clinic. A volunteer optician from the community fits children and parents for free glasses in the clinic's inventory-hand selected by the families of Operation Breakthrough.
  • Speech and Language Therapy
    Master's level Speech and Language Pathologists provide therapy for our children birth to five years of age on site at Operation Breakthrough. This early intervention helps children with speech and language impairments in meeting developmental milestones.
  • Therapy
    Five master's level mental health clinicians specially trained in play therapy techniques to provide individual and group therapy to children who have experienced loss, abuse, witnessed violence or other traumatic events in their homes or neighborhoods. The department also has a full time music therapist who provides classroom, group and individual interventions. In addition, our child therapy department partners with the University of Kansas Medical Center Outpatient Psychiatry Department to provide a weekly onsite outpatient clinic for children to receive psychiatric assessments and medication therapy, if needed.

    Operation Breakthrough has one licensed clinical therapist on staff to provide therapy and support for parents struggling with stress and other mental health issues. The adult therapist offers both individual, family and group therapy for the adults. Staff therapists also offer parents the opportunity to learn how to strengthen their bonds with their children through playful activities and family interventions.
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy
    Occupational therapists from Children's Mercy Hospital and volunteer Physical Therapists provide therapy for our children birth to five years of age on site at Operation Breakthrough. This early intervention helps children with motor and/or sensory impairments in meeting developmental milestones.
  • Parent Programming

  • Family Nurturing Program
    Through the parent education program, Operation Breakthrough offers classes on topics in child development and household management. Additionally, support groups are held to help parents cope with the challenges of child-rearing. Encompass, a volunteer program, provides mentoring for Operation Breakthrough moms. Groups meet regularly to discuss life issues, while creating a foundation for friendships between moms and volunteers. Operation Breakthrough also has five family advocates on staff who work one-on-one with parents to create the best possible environment for their child's healthy development.
  • Adult Therapy
    Operation Breakthrough has one licensed clinical therapist on staff to provide therapy and support for parents struggling with stress and other mental health issues. The adult therapist offers both individual, family and group therapy for the adults. Staff therapists also offer parents the opportunity to learn how to strengthen their bonds with their children through playful activities and family interventions.
  • Emergency Aid to Families
    Operation Breakthrough provides groceries from its food pantry, clothing, furniture and household supplies and utility assistance to families in need.
  • GED Program
    Community volunteers help parents prepare for the GED exam by tutoring them one-on-one in reading and math.
  • Housing
    Along with supporting families in obtaining and maintaining safe and stable housing within the Kansas City community, Operation Breakthrough currently has a permanent, supportive housing program for 6 families. The Program is designed to promote healthy family relationships, positive mental health, and support within a community in a drug and alcohol free environment.
  • The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)
    a program which combines case management and financial assistance to households who would otherwise become homeless -- many due to the economic crisis -- and to rapidly re-house persons who are homeless. HPRP works with families during sudden and unexpected losses of income to ensure household maintenance and enables the rapid re-housing of homeless families and individuals, helping them reenter the labor market more quickly and preventing the further destabilization of neighborhoods.
  • Parents as Teachers Program
    The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program provides child development information and parenting support to parents/caregivers of children from birth to 36 months at Operation Breakthrough. Several teachers and other staff working with this age group have been trained and certified as Parent Educators through PAT and are available to complete monthly visits with parents at Operation Breakthrough to discuss their children's developmental progress and goals. They share what the child is learning and doing in the classroom as well as give information about developmental and health screens completed on the child. PAT also offers monthly group meetings where parents/caregivers can share information, develop relationships and learn about child development.
  • Helen Gragg Adult Clinic
    In collaboration with UMKC School of Nursing, adult clinics are held twice a week on-site for our parents at Operation Breakthrough who have lost health insurance. Parents are able to receive primary care, women wellness exams and other health care supportive services in their visits with the volunteer doctors and nurse practitioners.
  • Women Infants and Children (WIC)
    is a service offered on-site in collaboration with Truman Medical Center. WIC provides nutritional education, counseling and assessments for pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding women and their children under the age of 5. Our mothers receive vouchers for milk, formula and cereals.
  • FEC
    The Full Employment Council has an on-site SHARE access location at Operation Breakthrough for our parents use. FEC provides computers for our parents to search for job openings and training, job fairs, resume writing and interview workshops.

Click here to view Operation Breakthrough's 2008-09 Annual Report

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