Ed Zigler: Founder of Head Start and Kansas City native dies

Ed Zigler, the founder of Head Start and a champion of early childhood education, died recently.

Zigler grew up in Kansas City and was a product of the Kansas City Public School District, attending Woodland Elementary and Manual Tech.

His early Kansas City childhood experiences included involvement with a “settlement house” where his family learned English and received health services and other needs. Based on that experience, Zigler considered himself “an original Head Starter.”

Head Start has served over 35 million children and their families. Here’s the 1965 announcement by President Lyndon Johnson about the creation of Head Start.

The Kansas City community recognized Zigler in 2003 when he returned to Kansas City and visited Woodland Elementary. On that occasion, several community leaders shared the profound influence Zigler had on the work on early education in the Kansas City area.

Read More >

New Missouri Job Center Branch Opens in Cass County

The Full Employment Council (FEC) and West Central Missouri Community Action Agency (West Central) has opened a one-stop shop for workforce development in Cass County. A formal ribbon cutting took place Jan. 30th at the two-story building located at 208 W. Walnut.

Read More >

Rosemary Lowe, LINC Commissioner, honored at MLK Jr. celebration

LINC Commissioner Rosemary Lowe was presented with the Rev. Dr. Nelson “Fuzzy” Thompson Legacy Award during the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Kansas City Chapter 2019 MLK Day Community Mass Celebration at Palestine Baptist Church on Jan. 21.

Lowe received the award in recognition of her leadership in a life of service to the community. Also recognized was the late Rev. Dr. Charles Briscoe, whose loved ones were presented the award on his behalf.

Read More >

LINC Chess Girls Tournament on February 9

Students from around the Kansas City area will participate in the tournament. The LINC Chess Girls Tournament originated to encourage female participation in chess. LINC Chess held the first Girls Tournament in 2013.

Read More >

Kansas City Black History 2019

LINC along with its partners the Kansas City Public Library and the Black Archives of Mid-America is again pleased to produce and share its annual Black History educational poster set and booklets. During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, African Americans in Kansas City fought with others across the country for full political, social, and economic rights. Empowered by political groups such as Freedom, Inc., local black activists championed legislation for public accommodations and fair housing and demanded equal education and employment.

Read More >

LINC in Photos 2018

We are happy to share LINC in Photos 2018 -- a visual representation of LINC's impact and presence in the community. We look back on the year with pride in the accomplishments of our community and gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of the work. We wish you all the best for the year ahead. Happy holidays!

Read More >