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

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.

We're thrilled to be an Inclusion Open Grant Recipient!

The Grooming Project was recently awarded a $120,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Inclusion Open program. Learn more!

“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