Ability KC

Ability KC's Mary Shaw Branton Therapeutic Preschool is nationally accredited to support children with and without disabilities to reach their educational, developmental and emotional goals. The therapeutic preschool program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and operates as a Head Start and Early Head Start direct service provider. Therapists join the classroom teams to provide a holistic individualized experience for each child on their path to reaching their greatest potential.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedA wide range of disabilities
Year Founded1947
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students54 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers21 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorNicole Bolte
Admissions AssociateKerri Perks

School Notes

Therapeutic Preschool & Specialty Services
  • Mary Shaw Branton Therapeutic Preschool: The Mary Shaw Branton Therapeutic Preschool provides an inclusive environment for children with disabilities and typically developing peer models. Ability KC`s classrooms maintain a one to four teacher student ratio to meet the level of support needed for each child.Ability KC teachers use standardized assessments and an approved curriculum to ensure kindergarten readiness. In addition, therapists join the classroom teams to provide a holistic experience specific to each child`s goals.
  • Outpatient Therapy: The outpatient therapy clinic at Ability KC`s therapeutic preschool uses a medical model to evaluate and treat children. These therapy services provide the perfect adjunct to school or home-based therapy sessions. Ability KC therapists will work with families to set up a plan for each child that will complement and reinforce their current therapeutic intervention for gross motor skills, fine motor skills, sensory regulation and speech and language development. Ability KC specialty services support theindividualized goals of the children participating in the outpatient therapy clinic through Assistive Technology, Aquatic Therapy, Sensory Feeding and many more also support the individualized goals of the children participating in the outpatient therapy clinic. The outpatient therapy clinic gives families an opportunity to receive critical physical, occupational and speech therapies even if their child has not met school or home-based eligibility criteria.
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): ABA services at Ability KC allow children with Autism, challenging behaviors or developmental delays to learn socially appropriate behaviors with an abundance of positivereinforcement. The therapy teams at Ability KC strategically structure each child`s day for planned and naturally occurring opportunities to acquire and practice new skills.
  • Aquatic Therapy: Aquatic therapy helps improve balance, circulation, core stability, endurance, flexibility, motor planning, muscular tone, posture and strength. Exercises may be modified for all ability levels from slow and gentleto dynamic in movement.Ability KC also offers Adaptive Swim Sessions for children ages 3-6 and ages 6-10. Each session is designed for children with a variety of special needs.
  • Assistive Technology: Assistive Technology servicesat Ability KC match individualsthe best technology that meetstheir needs to reach their goals of communication and online and computer access. Children with disabilities and their families work with an experienced team to identify, acquire and learn how touse assistive technology tools to reach their greatest abilities. 

Ability KC is built on a strong founding legacy that continues to inspire the work done each day for children, adults and families with disabilities.In 1947, Mary Shaw Branton, Jeanette Luhnow and Jane Dick founded the therapeutic preschool for childrenwith special needs. At the same time, Vivian Shepherd worked to provide outpatient medical rehabilitation and employment services for veterans returning home from World War II. Seventy years andthousands of successes later those founding organizations came together as one organization, Ability KC. Today, Ability KC is uniquely positioned to provide a continuum of care for all of life`s milestones. 

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school to Ability KC is Cristo Rey Kansas City (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Dela Salle Education Center (1.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Union Hill Day School (0.3 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Kansas City
    Cristo Rey Kansas City
    Special Program Emphasis (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 9-12 | 383 students
    0.3 miles
    211 W Linwood Blvd
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    (816) 457-6044
    0.3 9-12
  • Kansas City
    Union Hill Day School
    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-K | 280 students
    0.3 miles
    2911 Main St
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    (816) 756-2911
    0.3 PK-K
  • Kansas City
    Montessori Academy
    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-K | 48 students
    0.5 miles
    2939 Cherry
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    (816) 561-7664
    0.5 PK-K
  • Kansas City
    Dela Salle Education Center
    Alternative School
    Grades: 6-10 | 27 students
    1.1 miles
    3740 Forest Ave
    Kansas City, MO 64109
    (816) 435-7046
    1.1 6-10
  • Kansas City
    Grades: K | 75 students
    1.1 miles
    3930 Baltimore Ave
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    (816) 753-6633
    1.1 K

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