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SincE 2016 we have trained 55 women and men to become professional dog groomers.

Job training that empowers parents and changes lives

The Grooming Project is a tuition-free, six-month training program in the art of dog grooming designed to help struggling parents lift themselves out of poverty. Small groups of students begin our program at various points throughout the year and progress through all the levels of grooming, starting with bathing and ending with hand scissoring.

In addition to hands-on grooming training, students also complete life skills courses in the areas of personal budgeting, positive parenting, conflict resolution, and more.

Ready to get started? The first step is filling out the application below! If you have any questions, please contact Barbie Daniels at bdaniels@epeckc.org or 816-673-9248 for more information.

The Grooming Project is open to both women and men who have at least one child under the age of 18.

Applicants must meet the income guidelines for SNAP benefits to be eligible, though you do not have to be receiving SNAP at the time of application. Please contact Barbie Daniels with further questions. 

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Contact Information

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


Open Tuesday - Friday

8 am to 4 pm

Walk-In Nail Trims

9 am to 3 pm


The Salon

1650 SE Blue Parkway

Lee's Summit, MO 64063


Open Tuesday - Saturday

8 am to 5 pm