Board of Directors

President - Angela Thrasher
Open Arms Lutheran CDC, King of Kings Lutheran Church

Treasurer - Leslie Shaw
Red Bridge Early Childhood Center, Red Bridge United Methodist Church

Secretary - Tracey Atzeni
Retired from Colonial Preschool, Colonial Presbyterian Church

Education Coordinator - Jo Ann Emerson
Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool, Trinity Lutheran Church

Education Coordinator - Suzanne Shyver
KIDSCOR Early Learning Program, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

Fellowship Coordinator - Jenny Weidler
Rainbow School, South-Broadland Presbyterian Church

Fellowship Coordinator - Stefanie Bridges
Holy Cross Early Education Center, Church of the Holy Cross


If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, then make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
— Philippians 2:1-2

What We've Achieved

  • Began in 1969 under the leadership of preschool directors Ilene Miller, Sue Murray, Carlene Martin, Bonnie Becker, Betty Ludlow, and Skipper Feingold.
  • Founding Churches included Blue Ridge Bible School, Colonial Presbyterian Church, Swope Park Baptist Church, and Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church
  • The group formed as this handful of Christian preschool directors meeting to provide each other support
  • Grew to a membership of over 100 Christian preschool programs in the greater Kansas City area, providing annual educational/professional development training for as many as 1200+ teachers and directors.