Caring for Kids was birthed out of the Citywide Prayer Movement of Kansas City in response to a question pastors asked in prayer networks across the city: "How can we serve our community together?"

The question caused Pastor Gary Schmitz, Executive Director of the Citywide Prayer Movement, to ask school districts in Kansas City, "How can we help?" The response was great and a journey began to create and facilitate a simple process to connect schools with churches, businesses and civic organizations so they may collaborate to meet specific needs of each identified school.

The Caring for Kids Network was officially formed in 2013 and currently serves in six KC metro school districts. Schools in the KC metro area are facing overwhelming challenges with increased poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and fractured families. In addition to the consequences of life in poverty that include lack of appropriate clothing and food, increasing numbers of children are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome as a result of exposure to trauma in their homes and neighborhoods. At the same time, school districts have been challenged by significant budget cuts.

But there is hope when a caring community works together in partnership helping our kids, our teachers, and staff. We believe caring community partnerships increase the capacity of schools to provide children with the skills and encouragement they need for a hopeful future. Caring for Kids connects great volunteers and needed resources through a simple five-step collaborative partnership process.