special beginnings

Mary S. Hornbeck

CEO/Executive Director

Mary S. Hornbeck has over 30 years of experience in early care and education.
She began her career in early care and education when, at the age of 21, she became the owner of Special Beginnings Early Learning Center. Since that time, she has expanded her business 5 times and now operates five programs that serve over 350 families.  As Executive Director & CEO, Mary leads a 15-member Management Team and 85 staff members.

Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Life from the University of Kansas. She currently serves as President on the Board of Directors for the Association of Early Learning Leaders, a national organization for Owners and Directors of early care and education programs. Mary is national trainer and consultant in the areas of business leadership and early care & education administration.  She has written staff and parent policy handbooks, as well as developmental assessments for young children.   As a validator for the National Accreditation Commission and a member of the 2007 Class of Women Who Mean Business of the KC Business Journal, Mary is an advocate for quality care and education of young children and for women business owners.  

Mary and her husband Steve have been blessed with three children: Andrew, Carolyn, and Matthew.  In 2012, Mary and Steve became grandparents to their first grandchild, Olivia.  Together, their family enjoys beach vacations and all things sports; especially watching Matthew play baseball and football, the KC Royals, OU football, Dallas Cowboys, & KC Chiefs.

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