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Special Beginnings Early Learning Center

Change diapers, wipe a runny nose? Yeah, we do that!

Provide education to help kids get a jump on kindergarten? Yeah, we do that too!

After school care? Rides to and from school? Absolutely. We offer that too!

Special Beginnings Early Learning Center started as Holy Spirit Extended Child Care, at Holy Spirit School in Overland Park, Kansas.


The program was founded by Lynda Connolly in 1987; and was originally licensed for 12 children. In 1989, Mary Hornbeck, Lynda’s daughter, took over the program which then had grown to 24 children. At the same time that Mary took over the program, it became clear that it had outgrown the current available space. Mary worked to find another location.

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With multiple locations in Johnson County, all of our centers have a family feel encouraged by years of referrals from the families who have been part of our program.

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Our administrative team has accumulated dozens of years of knowledge.

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Why Choose Us?

Integrated Education & Care

As a preschool integrated with daycare, we provide high quality child care that has a positive influence on the holistic development of the child through valuable educational and social experiences.

Structured Curriculum Based Routine

A well researched multiple intelligence based curriculum to engage children and stimulate learning in a television free setting. It is implemented through the day at various learning centres sparking the child’s imaginative thinking.

Health & Hygiene

Special Beginnings Early Learning Center maintains a clean environment by using child-safe and non-toxic educational resources. Healthy habits are role-modeled by the staff and general rules and routines.

Quality Control

In order to adhere to high standards across all our centres, there are weekly observations and in-house coordinators. For uniformity in curriculum and methodology, a system of feedback and implementation is in place.

Trained Teachers

Each teacher at CHEN has gone through a rigorous selection and training process. The curriculum developed enables teachers to work creatively in the classroom with a broad framework and structure in place.

Standardized Operational Process

Standardization of processes and technology allows for our service to be consistent and reliable at every level even with large scale presence. This ranges from training of support staff to uniformity in centre design.

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Hybrid/Remote Learning

Special Beginnings works with all schedules, facilitating remote learning, providing care & activities on “off” days, and also continuing before and after school care with transportation to and from their school.