Breaking the Cycle

      Job training that allows parents to do

their most important job:

raise their children out of poverty.

What’s Happening at The Grooming Project

. Important Message: The Grooming Project School will be temporarily closed in response to COVID-19.

Acting with an abundance of caution to protect the health of our students, staff, clients, and visitors, The Grooming Project School and our Lee’s Summit salon have made the decision to close to the public through April 24, 2020. 

During this closure, it is our goal to continue providing students with a weekly stipend of $125 even though we will lose $2,000 in grooming revenue every week the school is closed. The longer this closure remains in place, the more impactful it will be on our students, recent graduates, and our organization’s ability to respond. We need to build our emergency fund now to keep these families stable.

We are actively planning ways to adapt our grooming services to accommodate social distancing once we reopen. Additional information will be made available in the near future.

If you would like to schedule a grooming appointment for after April 24th, please call the school at 816-214-5376 and leave a message. We will return your call as soon as we are able. 

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please monitor our website and social media channels for any updates.

The Grooming Project featured on the Dog Words Podcast!

Listen to Betty Jean Curran, our Director of Student Services, talk about the human-animal bond aspect of The Grooming Project here!

You're invited to our Open House!

We’re opening our program to the public on select dates in 2020! You’ll get to watch our students groom, hear stories from current and past students, and learn more about our comprehensive program from staff. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today here!

EPEC Chosen as 2019 Catalyst!

EPEC was recently selected by Stand Together, a social change organization dedicated to supporting and investing in nonprofits that tackle poverty in innovative ways, to participate in their 6 month Catalyst Program.

Lee's Summit Salon Now Open!

We’ve expanded! Our first stand-alone grooming salon is now open in Lee’s Summit, MO! By taking your dog or cat in for a groom, you’ll be helping not only our graduate managers running The Salon, but also the students enrolled in our school! Learn more at The Salon website.

“To ensure that kids thrive and succeed from birth onward, we must simultaneously address the obstacles facing their parents.”

                                                                                – Annie E. Casey Foundation

Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child (EPEC) is a 501c3 organization dedicated to reducing generational poverty in Kansas City.

Through our state-certified grooming school and our Lee's Summit grooming salon, we train struggling parents to be pet groomers and salon managers, both in-demand, living-wage trades.

The School

5829 Troost Ave, Suite B.

Kansas City, MO 64110



The Salon

1650 SE Blue Parkway

Lee's Summit, MO 64063