Partnership opens new proctored learning facility

December 2020

By Madison Parry

A new facility has opened in Leawood for K-8 children of Children's Mercy employees. Able to accommodate a daily maximum of 70 children, the 14,000 square feet of space was donated to allow hospital employees to focus on delivering the best care possible while learning remains virtual.

A partnership between Children’s Mercy, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City and Block & Company, Inc. has resulted in the opening of a new proctored learning site for children of Children’s Mercy employees.

The facility is open to students of employees in K-8, whose parents work on-site in direct patient care.

Opened on Dec. 14, 2020, the facility located at 13124 State Line Road in Leawood, Kan. was donated by Block & Co. 

The facility allows Children’s Mercy employees to focus on delivering the best care possible while providing their young kids a space to learn. The site can accommodate a daily maximum of 70 children.

“Our greatest strength at Children’s Mercy is our people. We strive to make our employee’s lives and jobs easier,” Children’s Mercy Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office, Jodi Coombs, said. “COVID-19 has been an unthinkable and unimaginable time for all of us. We wanted to assist our employees by providing another resource for them and their children during this time.”

Block & Company, Inc., Realtors donated the 14,000 square foot space to Children’s Mercy and YMCA. David M. Block, President of Block & Company was crucial in bringing the deal together, according to a news release.

“[David Block] didn’t hesitate to step into a much needed gap for our front line healthcare workers to find an ideal, accessible location for our families. Mark Haas, assistant director of Philanthropic Giving at Children’s Mercy, said.

Block & Company, Inc., Realtors is the property management and leasing company for the Village of Seville and the new proctored learning facility.