Hickman Mills C-1 Schools

Crossroads to the Future


    Mrs. Kacy Parker, Principal

    Welcome, Bear Cub families to Freda Markley Early Childhood Center! 

    We have an exciting school year ahead of us, and my staff and I look forward to partnering with you and your student(s). Whether you are joining us again or are new to our school family, I am grateful you trust us with your student’s care and rigorous early learning experiences. As the new principal at FMECC, I am so grateful to be on this journey with you. I am thankful that, over the course of my 33 years of educational experience, I have been able to touch the lives of many wonderful children. 

    Let me take a moment to introduce myself to you. I earned my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a Certification in Early Childhood Education and a Master's degree in Elementary Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I also earned my Specialist Degree in District Level Administration from William Woods University. I am a wife, a mom of two grown children, and a proud grandmother of 4, whom I call my “4 heartbeats.”  So I am more than ready to start “Living that Preschool Life” in Bear Country with you and your child/ren because your child/ren is the future…and the future starts NOW! 

    Our Pre-K program is unique because we offer more than academic experiences. We offer life skill experiences for the “whole child” in a healthy and safe learning environment. We consider your student and family’s health, social-emotional well-being, and family experiences crucial to our school community. Your student will learn foundational skills based on individual needs that are important for Kindergarten and beyond, such as letter and sound recognition, writing, math, science, and technology concepts and skills. We do our best to make learning fun, as students also learn to socialize, care for others, think critically, and recognize healthy choices and strategies to manage those big emotions that arise from frustrating and stressful situations. 

    We welcome you into our classrooms through various volunteer opportunities and invite you to become a member of our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). We are interested in you participating in family events and activities throughout the school year. Please reach out if you have questions or ideas that will benefit our program. 

    Are you ready to start “Living that Preschool Life” with us? Ready set…Let’s GROW!


    Mrs. Kacy Parker, Principal Ed.S.



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  • Freda Markley Early Childhood Education Center:

    9201 E. Bannister Rd.
    Kansas City, MO 64134

    Office: 816-316-8500
    Fax: 816-316-8506

    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.


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