Growing Futures Early Education Center, Inc.
8155 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park KS 66204-3607
Come to a Crayon Box Tour!
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 649-9714
Mission Statement
Our mission is to nurture children and strengthen families to enrich our community.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Terrie VanZandt-Travis
Board Chair Ms. Nancy Wallerstein
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1965
Former Names
Head Start of Shawnee Mission, Inc.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Our mission is to nurture children and strengthen families to enrich our community.
Background Statement
Growing Futures Early Education Center, Inc., formerly called Head Start of Shawnee Mission, was founded in 1965 as a summer enrichment program for 17 low income Johnson County preschool aged children and their families. Today, Growing Futures provides early childhood education and comprehensive family services to 253 low-income children and their families. Head Start eligible families must meet federal poverty guidelines (annual earnings equal to or less than $20,160 for a family of three in 2016). Some additional enrollment opportunities are offered for families seeking high quality care without meeting Head Start income eligibility requirements.
The Early Head Start program provides services to pregnant women, infants, and toddlers up to age 3. Enrolled families in home-based services receive regular home visits by educators utilizing the Parents as Teachers model. Center-based care is available for parents working or in school 30 hours/week. Child care is provided at Growing Futures' center or through partnerships with local community child care providers.
The Head Start program provides early childhood education in a classroom setting to children 3-5 years old. Full day services are available for children of working parents offering a combination of early childhood education and Wrap Around Care services. Children are exposed to learning in the areas of language, literacy, math, science, creative arts, social studies, and social/emotional and physical development. Classrooms are inclusive of all children, with activities geared toward each child’s needs and interests, and meeting the needs of children with a range of abilities. Children receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack, with food modifications made to accommodate children with allergies and special needs. Dental health is a priority, and children brush their teeth on site after meals. We assist enrolled families in identifying a primary care physician for regular preventive health care and partner with the Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County to offer on-site dental and medical clinic days. Developmental screenings completed on each child assess skill levels in language, cognition, social/emotional and self-help. A screening for mental health and behavioral concerns is conducted and monitored. In addition, a variety of family activities are offered that involve parents in their child's education and enhance their efforts toward self-sufficiency.
Impact Statement
2017-2018 Goals: To engage in a comprehensive strategic plan process to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our community through our programs and services, to attract and retain qualified staff to support child and family outcomes.
  • Continue strategic plan process with primary focus on organizational development and marketing.
  • Increase awareness of Growing Futures unique features and services as a Head Start program to prospective parents, employees, community organizations, educational institutions and other agencies.
  • Continue to offer one-hour community education tours (Crayon Box Tours) to raise community awareness and knowledge about Growing Futures, Head Start and our services to educate our community of the value of investing in quality early education.
Needs Statement
  • Funding for capacity building and leadership development.
  • Funding and/or volunteers to support critical written and verbal interpretation services.
  • Funding that supports family engagement and parent involvement activities.
  • Funding for general operating expenses.
Service Categories
Child Day Care
Family Services
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Growing Futures Early Education Center, Inc. - formerly called Head Start of Shawnee Mission has been serving low-income Johnson County families by providing quality early childhood education and family services for 52 years. We are a not-for-profit organization that has been awarded both State and Federal grant funding to deliver an Early Head Start and Head Start program. Receipt of the State and Federal grant awards includes a match requirement of over $350,000 dollars annually. Local support of the positive work we do focusing on the family as a whole is critical and a wise investment. According to recent U.S. Census data, approximately 32,440 Johnson County residents (including 2,050 children birth to five years) were living with income below the federal poverty level in 2016. Poverty in Johnson County is a reality. Growing Futures programming works to provide low income children and their families a Head Start.

Provides a home-based program option offering intensive weekly home visitation focusing on early childhood education utilizing the Parents As Teachers model and healthy family functioning. Family Educators promote healthy prenatal care, the developmental growth of the child, parent education, family self sufficiency, health, and mental health. Also provides a center-based program option offering high quality childcare and early learning support for families who are in school or working at least 30 hours per week.

Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success Early Head Start staff will make available to parents and families information and resources allowing parents and families to make developmentally appropriate parenting choices. EHS staff will also provide families with information and community resources in order to access the necessary tools to reach their self-sufficiency goals.
Long-Term Success The Early Head Start program has two long-term goals. First, all enrolled families are empowered to be the best parents they can be. Secondly, families have the tools necessary to succeed in life.
Program Success Monitored By Early Head Start staff work closely with parents to ensure parent and family needs are being met. Parents and families make child development goals as well as individual and family self-sufficiency goals. These goals are monitored on a regular basis. Parent satisfaction with the program is evaluated yearly with a Parents as Teachers questionnaire.
Examples of Program Success Child development goals and self-sufficiency goals are being met. Parents and families will break the cycle of poverty and no longer be eligible for our services. Parents feel confident in their parenting skills and children are at appropriate developmental stages.
Description Early childhood education services for children ages 3-5 are provided through two program options. Part Day-Part Year currently runs 3-1/2 hours a day, 4 days a week from August through May. A Wrap Around Care program operates 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 5 days a week year round.
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success All children show age-appropriate developmental progress in the areas of: math, science, creative arts, literacy, language, social emotional development, and physical development.
Long-Term Success

Children will be academically and socially prepared to enter kindergarten.

Program Success Monitored By Teaching staff work closely with parents to document and evaluate each child’s progress in the developmental domains. A portfolio is maintained for each child with samples of the child’s work throughout the year, including artwork, writing samples, photos of children at work and play, language samples, etc. Teaching staff, with input from parents and families, assess the developmental stage of each child three times per year.
Examples of Program Success

Outcomes data compiled from three yearly assessments and data collected via the Child Observation Record (COR) will show children are making age appropriate developmental gains in the developmental domains and are testing at or above national standards.

Description The following services are provided to all enrolled children and families: family and social services support, mental, physical, and dental health care support, nutrition, parenting skills and parent leadership opportunities.
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short-Term Success

We want all of our families to have access to the resources they need to lead successful lives. Our families understand the importance of school attendance and their involvement in their child’s education. For parents who are enrolled in school or employed, success is their ability to continue in their education and/or consistently maintain employment and provide continuity of care for their children.

Long-Term Success We strive to empower parents to succeed in their community without the need for assistance from Head Start or other similar services.
Program Success Monitored By Staff monitors school attendance and employment and supports families for whom attendance is a struggle. Employment/school participation is monitored regularly.
Examples of Program Success 100% of families enrolled during the 2016-2017 program year received services in health education and parent education and set family goals typically related to self-sufficiency. We hosted parent engagement events and opportunities twice a month providing parents an opportunity to engage with the program, learn ways to further the growth and development of their child, build social support connections and support the organization by providing feedback about policies, procedures and program services.
CEO Comments

As a Head Start grantee agency, we are required to raise matching dollars in order to draw down the program grant funds we receive from the federal government. Annually we must attain funding from private foundations, corporate sponsors, and individual donors to fully cover the costs associated with each enrolled child and their family. Additionally, funding for equipment and repairs, technology, interpretation, rent, and general operating expenses is an ongoing challenge.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Terrie VanZandt-Travis
Term Start Feb 2008
Experience Terrie holds a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in administration. Terrie has extensive social work experience in city, county, university and medical center settings. She also has experience as a preschool teacher in faith based and Head Start classrooms. She has 15 years of experience at Growing Futures/Head Start of Shawnee Mission, with ten of those years as Executive Director.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Ms. Deanna Armstrong July 2006 - Jan 2008
Mr. Tom Lally June 2005 - Mar 2006
Senior Staff
Title Director of Finance

Title Development and Community Relations Director
Title Human Resource Director
Experience/Biography Tracy has 25 years of human resources experience working in Fortune 500 companies and serving on nonprofit boards of organizations for children and families.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management and Psychology and a Master’s degree in Management and Organizational Behavior.  Tracy holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Society of Human Resources Management.
Paid Full-Time Staff 52
Paid Part-Time Staff 8
Volunteers 267
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 81%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Growing Futures is a member of Johnson County Children’s Coordinating Council, which fosters a comprehensive, interconnected service network to achieve better outcomes for Johnson County’s low-income children and families. The Council enhances existing and establishes new partnerships to provide high-quality services to low-income children and families without duplication. Members include representatives of public child-serving institutions, private child-serving organizations with a public mission, parent representatives, public school districts, Johnson County Corrections, 10th Judicial Services, KS Dept. for Children and Families (DCF), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Johnson County Mental Health Center, Sunflower House, Johnson County Health and Environment and Johnson County Developmental Supports.

Growing Futures regularly collaborates with the Shawnee Mission School District, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), Johnson Co. Health and Environment, SAFEHOME, Intensive Family Counseling, Johnson Co. Library, Sunflower House, Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County, KS State Nutrition Program, Infant Toddler Services of Johnson Co., Johnson Co. Early Learning Collaborative, and Vineyard Church.
Excellence in Community Service AwardUnited Community Services2008
Kansas Quality Rating Improvement System (KQRIS)Kansas Quality Rating Improvement System (KQRIS)2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments

Growing Futures Early Education Center is one of the original Head Start grantees beginning service delivery in 1965 to 17 preschool age children. Today we provide a high quality early childhood education and comprehensive family services program to nearly 250 low- income children birth to five, pregnant women and their families.

Our service delivery is multi-generational with a family focus to support children and families in attaining success in school and in life.

Unlike the national trend, more people identified as living in poverty in Johnson County in 2016 than in 2015 with over 32,000 Johnson county residents living in households with income below the federal poverty level, which for a family of three is currently $20,420 a year.

Growing Futures hosts regular one-hour tours of the program, called “Crayon Box Tours” providing attendees an opportunity to learn about the needs of children and families living in poverty in Johnson County, the services offered at Growing Futures and the positive impact the program has on individual children, families and the community as a whole.

Growing Futures continues to look for community financial support to diversify funding streams and maintain sustainability. At a minimum, we are required to raise $355,070 annually in private/community dollars to match our Federal grant funding. We welcome the opportunity to share our program with the community and partner with others to benefit enrolled children and families.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Nancy Wallerstein
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board Members
Mr. Jake Barnes Financial Advisory Service, Inc.
Mr. Scott Campbell Spring Venture Group
Ms. Carmelita Castaneda
Ms. Erika Cundiff Tax Manager, CBIZ
Ms. Cheryl Entzminger Sprint
Ms. Carol Gonzales City of Shawnee
Ms. Amy Goostree
Ms. Lillian Hall Early Childhood Educator (Retired); Community Volunteer
Ms. Gale Hansen Mathematics Instructor, JCCC, Retired
Mr. David Harrold DH Trading LLC
Ms. Carol Heil Retired
Ms. Sherry Hutchinson
Ms. Ann McM. Kenney Physiological Psychologist (Retired)
Mr. James Lisson IBM Corporation (Retired)
Mr. Joseph Matovu The Whole Person (retired)
Ms. Sara McElhenny Director, JCCC Hiersteiner Child Development Center
Ms. Patricia McMahan Vice President, Trust Services, Bank of Blue Valley
Ms. Anne Mills Retired (Hallmark)
Mr. Larry Oleksa Attorney, Perkins Garmin
Mr. Joe Onofrio Five Elms Capital
Ms. Debra Peterson CenturyLink
Ms. Laura Scott Communication Consultant. Former Kansas City Star Writer, Columnist and Editor
The Honorable Thom Sutherland Johnson County District Court
Ms. Nancy Wallerstein Community Activist
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 16
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 97%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 95%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Human Resources / Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Development / Board Orientation
CEO Comments

Growing Futures Early Education Center, Inc. is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and a Policy Council consisting of Head Start parents, Early Head Start parents, and community representatives such as the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Both governing bodies adhere to Head Start rules and regulations. Board members serve three year terms with a three term limit. The Board of Directors has legal and fiscal responsibility for the agency. Policy Council members serve one year terms with a three term limit. The Policy Council provides guidance and approval regarding program planning, general policies and human resource management. Both governing bodies have non-voting liaison members who attend monthly meetings to provide current reports.

Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $3,570,139
Projected Expenses $3,632,600
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$2,404,114$2,363,422$2,297,976
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$370$368$402
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$110,848$155,164$109,619
Revenue In-Kind$29,367$13,835$32,371
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,525,195$2,512,605$2,568,229
Administration Expense$430,202$379,189$361,752
Fundraising Expense$111,257$123,692$116,284
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.151.051.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%83%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%4%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,657,922$1,104,517$1,066,709
Current Assets$1,526,855$977,357$916,706
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$308,545$223,756$324,866
Total Net Assets$1,349,377$880,761$741,843
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.954.372.82
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $2,169,095Federal Head Start Grant $1,311,900 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $499,222Kansas Early Head Start Grant $889,595 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $123,000Early Education Funders Collaborative $254,565 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Growing Futures Early Education Center, Inc., formerly called Head Start of Shawnee Mission, has consistently maintained a fiscally sound budget, allowing for delivery of all program options through federal and/or non-federal funding.
Rent, interpretation, competitive teacher salaries and staff health benefit costs continue to be major expenses for the agency and often the most challenging funding dollars to secure.
Organization Name Growing Futures Early Education Center, Inc.
Address 8155 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 662043607
Primary Phone (913) 649-9714
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Terrie VanZandt-Travis
Board Chair Ms. Nancy Wallerstein
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1965
Former Names
Head Start of Shawnee Mission, Inc.