Community Partnerships

At CWC Kansas City, we take pride in being a part of our vibrant Midtown community.  We welcome community partnerships with us in our school as well as encourage our students to be aware of their place within a larger community.  We are always looking for innovative collaborations and are proud to currently partner with the following organizations:

Curriculum Enrichment

    Anita B. Gorman Discovery Science Center "Discover Nature Schools Curriculum" (All Students)

Thanks to the Anita B.Gorman Discovery Science Center and the Missouri Department of Conservation, our CWC KC students will be diving into the Discover Nature Schools curriculum throughout their science projects. Our young scientists will be getting outside to investigate, observe, and explore including receiving science journals and going on nature-focused field trips.

    BikeWalkKC (1st & 2nd Grade)

Educators from BikeWalkKC come to all of our 1st and 2nd grade classes to lead interactive workshops that connect to each grade level’s Signature Projects.  In 1st grade, students learn about the basic rules and laws of the built world around us through their unit on ‘Healthy Bodies’.  In 2nd grade, students learn about types of transportation over time through their unit on ‘How People Invented Throughout Time’.

    Junior Achievement "Economics Education Through Community Partnerships" (All Students)

Through Junior Achievement, our students will learn about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness as our social students and math standards come to life in hands-on activities.  Community volunteers come to our school to deliver a series of lessons that build sequential themes across grade levels that get our students thinking about jobs, personal economics, and roles in our communities.

  Nelson-Atkins Art Museum "Thinking Through Art" (1st & 2nd Grades)

The 1st and 2nd graders at CWC Kansas City will participate in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s ’Thinking Through Art’ program.  With support from volunteers, our teachers will facilitate this in-school program that directly incorporates looking at and talking about art into the curriculum to build critical thinking skills. The program includes 12 lessons in the classroom facilitated by Nelson-Atkins staff and volunteers, and two visits to the museum.

    Kansas City Community Gardens (All Students)

In partnership with KC Community Gardens and our CWCKC Family Council’s garden & sustainability committee, we built 4 garden beds in our outdoor space.  Teachers and students will integrate planting and garden care into our projects and ACE after school programming through the Dirt Club.

    KC Healthy Kids (All Students)

Twice throughout the school year, CWCKC students get the chance to try some delicious veggies through a ’Tasting Local’ event with KC Healthy Kids.  We partner with Urbavore Urban Farm, which is run by one of our CWCKC families, to purchase all of the local veggies for the tasting events.  Students learn about what produce grows right here in Kansas City and vote if they like each recipe. 

    Kansas City Public Library (All Students)

Our local librarian from the Westport KCPL branch visits our school every month to do a themed read aloud and creative activity with a rotating grade level through their library specials class.  She also gathers collections of library books to loan to our school based on our current studies and projects.

   Kansas City Police Department (All Students)

KCPD officers come to our school one week a month to meet with a rotating grade level for a read aloud through their library specials class.  Officers share time with students and help them learn about all the things police officers do as part of their jobs.


    Kansas City Zoo(Kindergarten)

Our Kindergarten students will have several experiences with our Zoo throughout their school year including lessons from the ZooED program, a visit from Zoomobile, and a spring trip to the Zoo as part of their ecosystems Signature Project unit.

    Tony Aguirre Community Center (ACE)

Through our ACE programs, we sometimes have clubs that travel to the Aguirre Center to meet each week.  Thanks to the partnership with the Center staff, students are transported by van to participate in clubs including basketball, swimming, and cooking.


Family Support

    Harvesters Community Food Network "BackSnack Program" (All Interested Students)

Harvesters’ BackSnack program provides a weekly backpack filled with nutritious, child-friendly food for school children to take home over the weekend.  This free program is possible because of our community partner St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and CWCKC volunteers, and is open to all students.

    Kansas City Area Transportation Authority "CWCKC Bus Pass Program" (All Eligible Students)

To support our mission, increase accessibility for all families, and assist our students in achieving high levels of attendance, our CWCKC Bus Pass Program provides qualifying families with a renewable 31-day bus pass.  This unlimited ride pass for KCATA supports families who ride the bus to bring their students to CWCKC for the entire school year.

     Literacy KC (All Families)

We are excited to kick off a new partnership with Literacy KC by bringing their ‘Let’s Read’ family reading program.  Each 6 week session is for the whole family, free of charge, and led by one of our teachers.  ‘Let’s Read’ empowers parents and caregivers to take an active role in the education of their children, while improving their own literacy skills. 

     UMKC School of Dentistry "Lowry Dental Program" (All Students)

We are a partnering school with the Lowry Dental Program at UMKC School of Dentistry, which provides the necessary dental services for children regardless of their insurance coverage.  This weekly school-year program takes a few children at a time accompanied by CWCKC staff to the dental school by bus in order to complete all needed dental exams and follow up appointments.

     KC Care Clinic

A health insurance Navigator with the Kansas City CARE Clinic is on site at CWCKC for several visits during open enrollment to answer questions for all families about health insurance, and help enroll individuals and families in Marketplace plans or Medicaid.  The Clinic also shares information about important changes to insurance with offers to help families make needed updates.  

     Rockhurst University’s Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

We partnered with Rockhurst University as they provide free hearing screening tests at our school site for all students.

     Lions KidSight USA Foundation

Lions KidSight USA Foundation is a nationwide program to safeguard the vision of children through 6 years.  By screening all students’ vision before they display problems learning or paying attention, potential vision problems are detected early and corrected.

Regional-Level Partnerships

    Urban Leaders Fellowship

The Urban Leaders Fellowship is a paid fellowship that recruits the best and brightest for an intensive, seven-week experience in eight premier cities across the country. Working together with other ambitious, mission-driven individuals, ULF empowers people to bring about real and lasting change in their communities. In the summer of 2017, CWCKC became a proud partner with ULF KC. Our 7-week fellowship experience provided growth and learning for our fellow and beneficial work of our regional team around the area of policy development, handbook review, governance, compliance, and oversight. We are grateful to our fellow, Mr. Jose Rivera, for his hard work and support of our growth.

   The Lean Lab

The Lean Lab is a Kansas City-based organization that launches transformational education innovations. To date, they have launched 17 ventures, impacting over 8,000 kids in Kansas City and 400,000 kids nationwide. Their community members work with entrepreneurs believing that the most effective innovations grow from partnership with those most impacted: parents, teachers, students, and school leaders. In 2017, CWCKC is proud to serve as a Beta Stie Partner with the Lean Lab to advance innovation that serves the educational community in alignment with our mission.

   Summit Behavioral Services

We partner with Summit Behavioral Services to provide our general education and special education teams with individual and group professional development for strategies and systems to support positive student behavior and optimal student learning within our school’s unique educational model.