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4 -H

4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 18, and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H'ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon our community. Through 4-H, young people learn to: meet the diverse challenges of today's world, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, make positive decisions
There are five active 4-H clubs in Benton County:
All Arounders 4-H Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of every month in the FFA Room at the High School in Warsaw.
Club leader: Anita Campbell, 660-438-7916 or
Benton County Robotics 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of every month in the Wayne County City Hall building.
Club leader: Jim Kjar, 660-553-0245 or
Lake Creek Lamplighters 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at the Lake Creek Community Center, North of Cole Camp.
Club leaders: Stephanie Louiselle, 660-281-3270 or; Kristie Jonson, 660-287-3344or
Lincoln Cardinals 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Benton County 4-H/FFA Building in Lincoln.
Club leader: Jill Strozewski, 660-654-4972 or
Turkey Creek Homesteaders meets at 2:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month at Evening Shade Church, on Evening Shade Ave.
Club leader: Amie Breshears, 660-438-5974 or

Benton County Childcare Facilities
Missouri Dept of Health & Senior Services

Please note:The records available for review on this site may not reflect the complete history of a child care facility’s compliance. Public records regarding a licensed or license-exempt child care facility are available for review and/or may be requested from Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Section for Child Care Regulation (SCCR). Public records regarding a registered child care facility receiving child care subsidy funding are available for review and/or may be requested from Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), Children’s Division (CD).

Benton County Family Services Division
1661 Hilltop Dr., Warsaw, MO 65355
660-438-7357  Fax: 660-438-7997
Mon-Fri; 8am-5pm

The Missouri Department of Social Services is responsible for coordinating programs to provide: 
Public assistance to help Missourians with food stamps, health care, child care, child support, blind services and other basic needs, health care coverage for eligible Missourians, child welfare services to help ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of Missouri children, and
specialized assistance to troubled youth.

Benton County Health Department
1238 Commercial St., Warsaw, MO 65355
660-438-2876  fax 660-438-5746
Monday - Friday, 8 - 5 (closed noon to 1)

WIC - Womens, Infants and Childrens Program, Immunizations, Home Health Care, Hospice, Public Health, Environment Health and water testing, 
Resources, Community Links: 

Boys and Girls Club of West Central MO
500 S. Keeney St, Cole Camp, MO  65325-1059
(660) 287-1164

Boys & Girls Clubs serves more than 1,000 local children at 12 Club Sites in seven communities – Cole Camp, Dresden, Green Ridge, La Monte, Leeton, Sedalia and Smithton. Most Club Sites are located right in the schools they serve. With a focus on Academic Success, Character and Leadership Development and Healthy Lifestyles, BGC does whatever it takes to ensure great futures start for all children in rural west central Missouri.

Center for Human Services
129 Tower Dr., Warsaw, MO 65355

The Center for Human Services (CHS) has provided exceptional services and supports for Missouri citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1955. Our original mission included establishment of programs and services that change the way the community defines and views people with disabilities. 
Services: Activity Centers, Community Living, Employment Services, Service Coordination, Early Head Start, Missouri First Steps.

Central Missouri Community Action Head Start Programs
807 Providence Rd. Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 443-8706  Fax: (573) 875-6993
Head Start Administrative Offices 8:00 - 5:00 Monday - Friday
(573)443-8706 ext. 1059  Fax: (573)874-6993

Apply Online: 

Head Start is a federal program for preschool children from low income families. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. Staff assist parents with medical and dental care, provide healthy meals and snacks and supervise children playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.
Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Children in Head Start are between the ages of three and five years old. Early Head Start serves infants and toddlers and a home based program is also available.
CMCA Diaper Bank for Benton County - please call Dawn at 573-919-7575

Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association
105 W. Ash, Columbia, MO 65202
573-298-0258  573-476-6039

CMFCAA is a community service organization that provides for the needs of foster, adoptive, kinship, and guardianship youth and families. What began as a small support group has grown into a multifaceted organization that provides direct support, education, services and advocacy to foster and adoptive families in a 13 county central Missouri region.

Child Care Aware of Central Missouri      

Services: Assist families by providing a list of child care providers in their area. We also provide training to child care providers in order for them to stay in compliance with the state regulations. 
Fee: None for families/parents seeking child care, nominal fee for providers for child care trainings 
Area: Child Care Aware serves as a community resource on child care for 46 counties in Central and Northeast Missouri.

Child Safe of Central Missouri
102 E. 10th St., Sedalia, MO 65301
Office: 660-829-3434,Therapy Services: 660-951-1080, After Hours/Emergency 660-221-5505

Our mission is to respond to child abuse and help families heal. Child Safe serves 11 counties which include: Benton, Carroll, Chariton, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Linn, Moniteau, Morgan, Pettis and Saline.   
We serve children, ages 3 - 18 who were victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, exploitation, or witnessed domestic violence, homicide, or other crimes. All of Child Safe services are provided free of charge.

1220 Commercial St., P.O. Box 1134, Warsaw, MO 65335

Assistance for pregnant teens.  Parenting classes, assistance with diapers, baby clothing, and social support. 

Family Resources of Warsaw
1651 Commercial St., P.O. Box 1821, Warsaw, MO 65338

Children's clothing, toys, baby items, and other items for children's needs.  Cake mix and frosting available for a child's birthday. 

Post Partum Support International 
English or Spanish 800-944-4773
English text line 800-944-4773
Spanish text line 971-420-0294

The purpose of the organization is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum. Approximately 15% of all women will experience postpartum depression following the birth of a child. Up to 10% will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. When the mental health of the mother is compromised, it affects the entire family.
Online Post Partum Support Group

Schools in Benton County:

Cole Camp R-1 School District
High School 660-668-3751
Middle School 660-668-3011
Elementary School 660-668-3011

Lincoln R-2 School District
101 W. Lamine St., Lincoln, MO 65338
660-547-3514  Fax: 660-547-3042

Warsaw Parents As Teachers
23395 Hwy 7, Edwards, MO 65326

Parents as Teachers provides parent education and family support to families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten.

Warsaw R-IX School District
20363 Lane of Champions, Warsaw, MO 65355
660-438-7120  Fax: 660-438-5028

High School 660-438-7351  Fax: 660-438-3749

John Boise Middle School 660-438-9079  Fax: 660-438-2209

North Elementary
134 W. Kosciusko St., Warsaw, MO 65355 

South Elementary
23395 Hwy 7, Edwards, MO 65326
660-438-5965  Fax: 660-438-5976