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KVC Niles has a legacy of providing compassionate care to children and teens in the heart of Kansas City for over a century. Our services include residential treatment where youth receive intensive clinical services in a structured living environment while attending Niles Prep, a K-12 alternative education program (also called Day Treatment).
Our safe, secure, and child-friendly environment encourages positive interactions and creativity. Recreation features include an indoor gym, a teaching kitchen for life skills and dietary health, an outdoor therapeutic garden, and sports activity spaces. Niles also provides private rooms for family therapy and visits, where families can visit their child in a comfortable setting and for families who live out of town, we can use tele-video equipment for a virtual visit.
Partnering with KVC Niles
We need support from incredible community partners like you to continue enhancing our therapeutic, recreational, and leisure spaces for the youth we’re serving. With your help, we can provide more educational opportunities, experiential therapeutic services, and fun activities that let kids be kids!
Recently, the Centurions Leadership Program selected KVC Niles as its 2019 Legacy Project, making several upgrades to our Therapeutic Gardens. They gave more than 500 hours of sweat and hard work and found several donors to help sponsor updates. Best of all – we now have a hoop house allowing the youth to participate in therapeutic gardening year-round! THANK YOU, Centurions, Faith Technologies, Inc., Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Tallgrass Freight Company, Burns & McDonnell, U.S. Engineering, Performance Contracting Inc, JE Dunn Construction, Kissick Construction Company, Missouri Organic Recycling, and Grant Thornton!
Contact us to find out how you can become a partner to KVC Niles. Your contributions will make a huge impact in the lives of kids and teens in Kansas City!
KVC Niles History
Niles has been a safe haven for children and teens since 1883 when Samuel Eason, an African American bricklayer, began caring for homeless children in his neighborhood near the historic 18th and Vine area. In 1896, the organization was incorporated under the name “Colored People’s Charity Association.”
After Mr. Eason’s passing in the early 1900s, Dr. Katherine B. Richardson, founder of Children’s Mercy Hospital, and other civic-minded citizens launched a campaign to build a new home to serve the needs of homeless children.
In 1924, local philanthropists Frank and Emma Niles donated land and constructed a mansion to house up to 100 children.
In the 1960s, the agency evolved from a custodial home to a residential treatment center to serve children with emotional challenges. Also during that time, the agency decided to open its residential treatment services to children of all races. In 1987, Niles Prep (Day Treatment) was created to serve Niles residents and students from surrounding school districts needing academic, emotional and behavioral intervention.
In 2017, Niles merged with KVC Health Systems to partner with KVC’s broad continuum of care. Read more about the partnership here.