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About Metropolitan Council on Early Learning

In the nine-county Kansas City region there are more than 140,000 children under the age of five. The number of regulated child care and early learning programs in the region includes approximately 650 licensed and license-exempt early learning centers and 1,700 licensed and registered family child care programs. Combined, these programs care for more than 60,000 children every day.

To better serve these programs, MCEL and its extensive network of community partners advocate on behalf of early learning and develop strategic plans to improve early learning in the region.