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Friends of Infant Toddler Services

Friends of Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County (FITS) develops, maintains and funds additional services and programs for children served by ITSJC. We are funded through private donations, fundraising events – such as the Annual Fall Ball Gala, Tee Off Fore Tots Golf Tournament, Annual Trivia Night  – and through various grants.

FITS is managed through a volunteer Board of Directors. The goal of FITS is to provide additional services and programs for the ITSJC children, to enhance the services that are provided by ITSJC, and to enable FITS to provide additional services and assistance to ITSJC children in times of extreme need or emergency.

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Kay Smith, President
Nicole Trembley, Past-President
Nathan Mires, Secretary
Premal Kadakia, Treasurer
Brandi Russell, VP Outreach
Mekaela Davis, Donor Relations
Joshua Houtz, VP Finance
Carrie Grosdidier, VP Events
Greg Davis, Golf
MaryEllen McGeehan, Gala 

John Thompson, Sponsorships
Dustin Irish, Grants

Every $1 spent on a child’s early intervention saves $8.60 when they reach school age.

-Presidents Council of Economic Advisors on Early Learning Initiatives

Why Support Infant-Toddler Services?

Every $1 spent on a child’s early intervention saves $8.60 when they reach school age.

-Presidents Council of Economic Advisors on Early Learning Initiatives

Breadth of Services

The services families access most often include: speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, family service coordination, early childhood special education, vision, hearing and nutrition. Every child in Johnson County who qualifies for early intervention has access to all available services.  ITSJC offers a full developmental evaluation to every child referred to the program. We work closely with children in the foster care system.  We also provide guidance to families navigating the logistics of their children’s needs, including connecting them to additional health resources and encouraging them to access resources through their insurance.

Leading Quality of Care

ITSJC is one of 33 early intervention programs in Kansas known as Tiny-k.  ITSJC therapists have the highest level of training available and advanced certifications. Our collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach addresses each child’s individual needs to provide support to families and caregivers in the child’s natural environment.  We are the only provider in Johnson County that provides in-home early intervention services. The child and family benefit by receiving support to focus on the family’s outcomes to address development; this is completed in the family’s most comfortable and familiar environment.

Standard of Success

Upon completing ITSJC services and therapies, 30% of children reach their goals and no longer need services after the age of three. On average, parents rated their children’s future success 9.2 out of 10.

Significant Economic Impact
  • ITSJC benefits businesses by positively impacting the parents’ work attendance and productivity. Parents feel empowered by the support their children and family receive and are more present and focused at work instead of stressed about their situation.  This aids in employee retention and provides necessary healthcare services that companies don’t have to subsidize through corporate healthcare plans.

  • ITSJC benefits the education system by sending children to school more prepared for success in an educational setting and improving the environment for teachers and classmates.  Together with Parents as Teachers, this ensures children who need extra support don’t slip through the cracks (PAT referrals in ITSJC program = approx. 120 per year).

  • One of ITSJC’s funding challenges is the disparity between the cost of their services and how state funding is allocated. ITSJC costs are per service provided; state funds are allocated per child served. One child might receive four different early intervention services while another receives one.  Regardless of the frequency and level of support a child has, ITSJC receives the same amount of state support for each child.

Some of the programs that FITS provides to the ITSJC children and their families are:

Community Based Playgroups

These playgroups are held at various play gyms located throughout Johnson County during the spring, fall and winter months. The playgroups are a great way for parents to come and play with their children at an indoor gym where they can meet other parents who have children with similar needs.

Playful Potentials Program

This program provides resources not available for purchase for the general public (weighted vests, Hip Helpers, etc.)

Special Assistance Program

This fund helps provides financial assistance to families for assistive technology needs (such as wheelchairs, communication devices, hearing aids, orthotics, etc.) for which no other funds are available.

Funeral Assistance Program

Some of the children receiving services from ITSJC may have life-threatening illnesses or conditions. In the tragic event that a child passes, this program will help fund up to $500 for funeral expenses for that

Share Your Time, Treasure & Talent with ITSJC

Time, Treasure, Talent


We’re currently searching for helpers to collect auction items, secure sponsorships, prepare mailings, and volunteers to give their time at any of our fundraising and community events.

Contact FITS today if you would like to volunteer your time to help ITSJC.


We would love to put your special talents to work supporting ITSJC.   We are always in need of assistance with legal, advertising, marketing, event planning, graphic design and more.  We are more than happy to work with your schedule and level of commitment. 

Contact FITS today to find out how you can share your talent with ITSJC.



Make a donation today using our secure online donation form!  Or, contact FITS and we can help you share your treasure with ITSJC. We have many opportunities for sponsorships for our events and opportunities for corporate matching programs.



Upcoming FITS Sponsored Events

  • Sep 01, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Overland Park, 13800 Switzer Rd, Overland Park, KS 66221, USA
    Free admission for former and current families. Chris Cakes will be served.
  • Nov 02, 2024, 6:00 PM – 11:50 PM
    Overland Park, 9000 W 137th St, Overland Park, KS 66221, USA
    Fall Ball at Fiorella's event Space in Overland Park, KS. ​This is FITS’ largest fundraising event of the year to benefit the families in ITSJC. Sit down dinner, open bar, program highlighting families/children in our program, live and silent auction and DJ and dancing.
  • Feb 01, 2025, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Olathe, 1205 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS 66061, USA
    ​Jim Cosgrove has been rockin’ families for a quarter century! In 2023 he celebrates the 25th anniversary of the release of his first album, Bop Bop Dinosaur. Affectionately nicknamed “Mr. Stinky Feet” by his young fans following the release of his 1999 hit song Stinky Feet, Jim is a cool favorite o
  • Date and time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    Free event for current families to see Santa and participate in several fun activities.

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ITSJC Strategic Plan 2020-2023

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