Founded as an educational facility that would address the needs of infants and children with visual impairments, the Kansas City Nursery School for the Blind opened its first class on September 27, 1952, with eight children who were visually impaired and five sighted peer models. In 1982, the organization became known as the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired.
Financial and volunteer support initially came from the Kansas City Association for the Blind (now called Alphapointe Association for the Blind), the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter. Today, CCVI continues to receive wonderful community support from corporations, foundations, individuals, volunteers, United Way and early childhood intervention programs in Kansas and Missouri, local counties, and local school districts.
Having rented space for more than 30 years, in January 1999 CCVI finally moved into a home of its own on the Children's Center Campus located at 3101 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri.
CCVI celebrated its 60th anniversary during the 2012-2013 school year. From the first class of 13 preschoolers to the present enrollment of 185 infants through school age students, CCVI has helped thousands of Greater Kansas City's children and their families.
The mission of the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired is to prepare children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, to reach their highest potential in the sighted world.
Our doors are open for any infant to Kindergarten-age child whose visual impairment is significant enough to adversely affect his or her educational performance. Children and their parents come here to discover a truly unique, positive environment with innovative and stimulating programs customized for each student.
Meet Owlbert Ollie Whoolio Owl! Created by Scribe and Alicia Ross, Owlbert can be found at the Kids' Trolley Run, our school programs, and sometimes in the hallways at CCVI. The idea for Owlbert came from our Exceeding Expectations donor wall, which features several owls.