About Us

Mission: Helping children and families achieve a lifetime of success.

Vision: Bright futures for children and families.

Serving Kansas City
for Over 137 years.


Over the past 138 years, our organization has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. In the early days of our founding as The Provident Association in 1880, we helped families overcome joblessness, floods and epidemics. Over the decades, we responded to the impact of wars, poverty and societal changes to support families and children in pursuit of stability and happiness. Learn more about our fascinating history.


Today, our family of programming uses high-impact, research-based approaches to create brighter futures for Kansas City. We’re focused on supporting families, teachers and child care providers in their work to prepare young children for success in school and life.

Programs at The Family Conservancy

the family conservancy programs

Leadership Team

Dean Olson President & CEO
Paula Neth Vice President of Programs
Christopher Potthast Vice President of Finance and Administration
Jocelyn Mourning Vice President of Development and Communications
Marla Baldwin Clinical Director
Jenny Brandt Early Care and Education Director
Díana Martínez Head Start Director

Our Culture

The Family Conservancy is committed to being thoughtful, responsible and accountable in its work around issues of diversity, cultural competency and inclusion, so we provide high quality services in an environment that is

welcoming, nurturing and equally beneficial to all. This commitment is outlined in our Cultural Competency Plan and is guided by the following core values:


Treat everyone in our diverse community; including employees, consumers and stakeholders; with dignity.


Sustain our mission by wisely managing our human and financial resources for the greatest impact.


Challenge ourselves to improve our systems and services through innovation and collaboration.


Put people first with sensitivity and empathy.

Workplace Programs

The Family Conservancy strives to create a working environment that supports the growth of team members in work and life. We’re proud participants in the following workplace improvement programs:

workplace awards
breastfeeding award

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