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Adventure Club

101 Park De Ville Dr. Ste. D, Columbia, MO 65203

(573) 884-2582 Fax: (573) 884-0737


Program Hours: 6:45 AM to school’s opening time & school’s release time to 6:00 PM; Administrative Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Services: University of Missouri program operating in the Columbia Public School system providing before and after school care for children in K-5 grade. Broad based, fun, and developmentally appropriate curriculum including arts, technology, sciences, recreation, and more; summer programs also available.
Eligibility: Kindergarten through 5th grade attending Columbia Public Schools
Fees: Full cost or state childcare subsidies. Scholarships available for families on federal free/reduced lunch program when budget allows.

Armory Sports and Recreation Center
701 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65201

Hours: Mon-Fri during the school year: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM After-School Recreation: Many activities available including: homework assistance, Armory Summer Camp, sports in the gym, air hockey, ping pong, foosball, a safe dartboard, games, movies, computer lab, and quiet classroom space. Staff is available to provide hands-on assistance to the youth. The program is available at no cost to youth 8 years and older.

Assistance League© of Mid-Missouri
1729 W Broadway, Suite 1A, Columbia, MO 65203 
573-445-3848    Upscale Resale 573-445-4803 
Hours: Upscale Resale: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (W & F), 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Th), 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Sat)
Services: Upscale Resale: gently used shoes, clothing, books, house wares, and furnishings; Cookie Connection, Comedy Night. Philanthropic programs: Links to Learning (awards for teachers to enhance classroom learning), Kaboodle Kits (hygiene items), Assault Survivor Kits (kits for victims of violent assault crimes), Parent Packs (information for expectant mothers at Daniel Boone Regional Library), Operation School Bell® (new clothing for CPS students in need), Assisting Women’s Achievement Scholarship (scholarships for women returning to college), Bundles for Babies (home from the hospital necessities for newborns in need), various programs at True North
Fee: None
Eligibility: None
Geographic Area Served: Columbia

Bethany Christian Services
By Appointment Only
Columbia, MO 65203

Safe Families for Children - When parents are going through a temporary crisis, we find families to care for their children. This allows parents to take essential steps toward stability.
Infant Adoption in the U.S. - When an expectant parent decides to pursue adoption, we offer support as they seek adoptive parents for their child.
Pregnancy Support - We help thousands of expectant parents every year—of all ages and backgrounds—and empower them to make a plan. Only they can make the decision, but they don’t have to make it alone.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri
4250 E Broadway #1067, Columbia, MO 65201
Fax 573-874-3679

Hours: 8 am-5 pm Monday through Friday
Services: Provides volunteers to mentor children in need of an adult role model. Mentors children of single parents or prisoners; children in Columbia Public Schools grades k-9 and in after school community centers; Teen works program mentor teen parents and older teens.
Eligibility: Age 6-14, single parent family, foster children, or children of incarcerated parents
Fees: None


A week-long summer camp for young black & brown women ages 12-17 to learn new things and meet new people in an academy-type setting. Profiles speakers, provides enrichment opportunities, leadership training, education and positive identity development. The camp is completely free to participants.

Boone 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).

Boone County Public Schools Review

Listing of all public schools in Boone County with map and contact information.

Boys and Girls Club of the Columbia Area
1200 N. 7th St, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 874-1697  Fax: (573) 874-0681
Hours: 3-8 pm August –May 7:30-5:30 pm May-August

Services: Supervised activities for boys and girls age 6-18. Nearly all of the youth we serve are growing up in single-parent households and are considered low-income. Club members often face multiple challenges, such as lack of income for basic needs, dilapidated housing, family instability, and exposure to violence and drug use. To meet those challenges, BGCC offers high quality, comprehensive programs which address the wide range of risks faced and skills needed by youth.
Eligibility: Must be between the ages of 6-18
Fees: $20.00 for the school year and $70.00 per week during the summer

Boy Scouts of America - Great Rivers Council
1203 Fay St., Columbia, MO 65201
573-449-2561  Fax: 573-874-6846

Youth agency; character development of children ages 7 to 20, citizenship training, ethical values, personal fitness training camping, mental fitness; career education; life skills; reduced fees available. 

Bright Futures 
573-214-3400, ext 25716
James Melton

Provides musical instruments to children who wish to learn a musical instrument but are unable to cover costs associated with rental and maintenance. No Cost.

CMCA - Show Me Healthy Relationships
807B N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203

Services: ShowMe Healthy Relationships Program offers free courses to both individuals and couples.  The program helps committed couples (married or unmarried) enhance their relationships by learning how to build a healthy friendship, manage conflict, and work as a team to improve their relationship.  For singles, the program helps participants choose the right partner by learning key things to look for as they explore potential relationships as well as how to choose the right partner for a happy, stable relationship. 
Additional courses are offered including: Parenting, Step-Parenting, Taking Care of You, Money Management and Job Skills Training. 
Eligibility: Over 18 and not currently in domestic violent relationship 
Fees: None, barrier reducers are given for participation 

Camp Ca-Pow

This is a camp for middle school students that focus on planning for the future. Students visit college campuses, explore a variety of careers and discuss different ways to make college achievable. Free. 

Camp Hickory Hill
P.O. Box 1942, Columbia, MO 65205

Founded: 1976  Program expenses are 100 percent of total expenses.
Who’s in charge: Frank La Mantia, development director
How it serves: The camp’s mission is to teach children ages 7 to 13 who have juvenile diabetes how to manage and control their disease with help from their families and health providers. The camp is also a place where the campers find peer support.

Camp Fire USA Missouri Trails Council
PO Box 573, Columbia, MO 65205
Hours: Vary-24 hour answering machine

Services: Club programs meet regularly and plan activities within a national framework; short term self reliance programs teach children skills to survive in today’s society; resident and local day camp programs; Teens In Action; A Gift of Giving (community service); Community Family Club; outcome based programs focus on team and asset building skills, and mentoring.
Eligibility: Youth in grades K-12 are target ages; Community Family Club has activities for all
Fees: Annual single membership $15.00(renewal $ 10.00), family plans $45.00(renewal $30.00)

Camp Salsa

An eight-week long summer camp program for high school students in Columbia. The camp provides opportunities for high school students to work from beginning to end on a project to foster skills that can be transferred into the workforce. Upon completion of the program, students will get class credit from Columbia Public Schools. Additionally, students will get paid for 4-weeks of service through City of Columbia’s Career Awareness Related Experience
program. No cost

Career Awareness Related Experience (CARE Program)
Armory Sports Center
701 East Ash Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, MO 65201
573-874-6300 (search CARE program)

The CARE program’s goal is for Columbia’s youth to be ready to enter the workforce and become productive, self-sufficient citizens. Since 1982, the CARE program has provided comprehensive services for Columbia’s at-risk youth that include:
• job readiness training
• paid real-world hands-on work experience
• mentoring
• soft skill development
• career exploration
CARE offers an eight-week program in which approximately 150 14- to 20-year-old trainees are hired at $9.00 per hour to work up to 20 hours per week at a variety of local work sites. While summer program trainees’ input is utilized, they do not directly choose their work site.
Summer program applications are available October 1 through February 28; however, applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to apply online as early as possible. To apply, visit: (search for CARE Summer Trainee).
Workshop Wednesdays are the CARE program's free drop-in employment classes for 6th through 12th grade students on most Wednesdays in October, November, December, and January. CARE staff and volunteers are available from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on these Wednesdays to provide individualized and small group assistance with:
• Making your own resume
• Making your own cover letter
-• Learning how to get letters of recommendation
• Practice interviewing
• Applying online for a summer CARE trainee position

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.

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.

Centralia R-VI School District
1399 Hwy 22, Ste. B, Centralia, MO 65240
573-682-3561  Fax: 682-2181

Centro Latino De Salud, Educacion Y Cultura
609 Garth Ave.,  Columbia, MO 65203
(573)449-9442  Fax: (573)449-9442

Hours: 1-5pm Monday through Thursday; call ahead, as hours sometimes vary
Services: Orientation to the community; English and Spanish classes; computer basic skills;
health education; after school tutoring for ESL students. 
Eligibility: Serves all Latino persons, without regard to country of origin, religious affiliation, or
immigration status
Fees: Free, but donations are accepted

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.

Children’s House of Columbia, Inc
915 Tiger Ave. Columbia, MO 65201
(573)443-2825 Fax: (573)874-4056

Hours: 7:30-5:30 pm Monday through Friday
Services: Montessori School for ages 2-8
Eligibility: Children 2-8 years of age
Fees: Full cost, DFS funding, and Children’s House scholarship funds

Columbia Art League (art classes for youth and adults)
207 S. 9th St. Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 443-8838   Fax: (573)817-1261
Hours: 11:30-5:30 pm (Tuesday-Friday, 11-5pm Saturday

Services: Rotating exhibitions in art gallery; sales gallery featuring art work of local/ regional artists; Art in the park festival on the first full weekend of June, Boone County art show on the last weekend in September, and other art events; year round fine arts classes for children and the adults.
Eligibility: Membership available for all
Fees: No fee for viewing exhibitions or Art in the park, class fees vary with length of class

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services
Healthy Families Home Visiting Program
Columbia/Boone County Health Dept. 
1005 W. Worley St., Columbia, MO 65203

*Healthy Families may provide items such as a car seat, portable crib, diapers/wipes, books, toys, or other items you may need to care for your child while in home visiting program.
Your home visitor will be there to listen, help you find answers to your questions, and to support you in being the kind of parent you want to be! Pre-Natal visits cover questions and concerns, help you get ready for your baby, help you get the things your baby will need, and set goals you choose for yourself.
After the baby arrives your home visitor can visit weekly for six to nine months, then less often until age 3 year.  You will learn about building healthy relationships, try out new play and learning activities, set goals you choose for yourself, and learn ways to strengthen your family. 

Columbia Public Schools
1818 W. Worley St., Columbia, MO 65203
573-214-3400  Fax: 573-214-3401

Columbia Public Schools Title 1
2191 East Smiley Lane Columbia, MO 65202 
573-214-3585  FAX 573-214-3871

Services: Preschool program for qualifying children; preschool screenings
Fee: Free of charge
Eligibility: Age 3 by August 1 in the year of enrollment, preschool screening to determine eligibility
Intake Procedures: Preschool screening (call 214-3585)
Required Documentation for Services: Birth Certificate, immunization record, proof of residency
Geographic Area Served: Columbia Public School attendance area

COMO Youth Works (formerly Youth Empowerment Zone - YEZ)
1002 Fay St., Columbia, MO 65201

Inspiring Academy, a year-round program ensuring that each child has a safe, healthy, supportive, educational environment that sets them on the path to school and college readiness. Job Readiness training (JRT), Mentored Employment, Anger Management, Personal Finance and Budgeting, Parenting Skills, Fatherhood Program, Case Management, Inspiring Academy Early Childcare Center 
Fee: None 
Eligibility: Inspiring Academy: 5 – 12 years old; all other programs 13 – 35 years old 
Intake Procedures: By appointment requested, walk-ins welcomed 
Required Documentation for Services: Program application 
Geographic Area Served: Boone County

Coyote Hill Foster Care Services
3610 Buttonwood Dr, Columbia, MO 65201

Coyote Hill Foster Care Services exists to provide exemplary training and support to foster parents in order to provide a safe and stable environment for children coming into care. Our Family Advocates walk through life with you in your foster care journey. Contact our team to learn more about becoming a foster parent or getting training and support.

Daniel Boone Regional Library
Columbia Library: 100 West Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
Columbia Hours: 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. Friday, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Saturday, 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Sunday
Columbia (573)443-3161  Fax: Columbia (573)499-0191

ServicesThe library provides computers for word processing, checking your email and accessing the internet. There is no charge to use these computers, but you need an active Daniel Boone Regional Library card or a guest card (for patrons who live outside the service area). The library’s computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free access to books, audiobooks, magazines, music CDs, newspapers, DVDs, electronic resources and other library material; ESL and Spanish language materials; consumer and government information; telephone and e-mail reference information; public access computers; story times for children; summer reading program for children, teens and adults; One Read community reading program; events and classes for children, teens and adults; tours; bookmobile service to rural communities, neighborhoods and licensed child care centers; home and nursing home visits for homebound persons; liaison with Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, comic books, streaming music, TV shows & movies, continuing education classes, genealogy resources, yearbook archive and other online resources
Fee: None
Eligibility: Open to citizens of Boone and Callaway Counties
Intake Procedures: Call Outreach Department for mail, bookmobile, and shut-in service; walk-in or phone for other services
Required Documentation for Services: Proof of residency required for library card, some services available without a library card (reference services, magazines & newspapers, tax forms, etc.) Adults can apply online:
Geographic Area Served: Boone, Callaway Counties; Locations: Columbia, Ashland, Fulton
Foreign Languages Spoken: Spanish is spoken by some staff
Other Names/Acronyms: Columbia Public Library

Day Dreams Foundation
200 E. Walnut St., Ste. 4, Columbia, MO 65203

We serve children ages 18 and under in Columbia, Missouri. Our mission is to eliminate financial barriers to participating in extra curricular activities and promote healthy life styles, goal setting, academics, teamwork and respect for others. Children who qualify for free or reduced lunch at Columbia Public Schools can apply for scholarships from the Day Dreams Foundation to pay for the fees associated with extra curricular activities. That could be youth sports, dance classes, music lessons, art classes, and many more activities! We recognize that there are other barriers to participating in these activities, such as uniform and equipment costs. Therefore, we try to provide Day Dreams Kids with everything they need to be successful in their activity.
Eligibility: Child must be age 18 or younger (college students not eligible). Child must qualify for the free OR reduced lunch program at school. Family must live in the Columbia school district.

Dream Factory - Central Missouri Chapter
P.O. Box 139, Columbia, MO 65203

Helps fulfill the dreams of critically or chronically ill children ages 3 - 8.

Early Childhood Connections

Find out what events and resources to families are available in Boone County.  This page is sponsored by the Daniel Boone Regional Library, and has monthly posts from a variety of different agencies and organizations.  This page lists every thing from current events for children to the status of available resources for families. 

F.A.C.E. - Family Access Center of Excellence
105 E. Ash St. #100, Columbia, MO 65203

Improving access to high quality social, emotional, & behavioral health services for all youth (0-19) & their families who live in Boone County.
  • Access to a supportive and friendly single point of entry that unconditionally accepts referrals from all Boone County entities
  • Access to trained and licensed professionals who will guide families through an evaluation of youth and family
  • Access for youth and family to increased choice of local service providers (e.g., organizations, agencies, programs, resources, and services) to address areas of need
  • Access to trained and licensed case managers to assist youth and families to overcome common barriers to accessing services (e.g., lack of options, transportation, cost, etc.).

Fathers Committed to Families
COMO Youth Works
1002 Fay St., Columbia, MO 65201

The Fatherhood Program is designed to increase the involvement of fathers in child nurturing and to enhance their parenting skills so that they can play an  active part in nurturing their children to grow into healthy, responsible adults.  The program also provides assistance with existing child support obligations. Classes are held each Thursday at 10 am at COMO Youth Works. 

First Chance for Children
1010 Fay Street Columbia, MO 65201

First Chance for Children provides a wide range of comprehensive programming designed to support families with their specific parenting needs. From diapers and cribs, to parent education, play groups, and more, First Chance for Children has a service for all families with children under the age of 5. Together, we can ensure all children are ready for school, ready for life.
Safe C.R.I.B.S., which stands for Community Resources, Infant Beds, and Support, provides infants without a safe place to sleep a pack and play crib. The crib is delivered to the family and is followed by 5 additional home visits focusing on family wellbeing and child safety.  CRIBS is open to low-income families or those experiencing high parenting stress
Baby Bags provides diapers, wipes, hygiene items, and other supplies needed to provide care and comfort to children delivered along with Child development and safety information. Items are available at the First Chance office or through one of our partner programs. 
Lend and Learn Libraries are a free, fun place where parents can play with their children ages 0-5, interact with other parents, and ask trained staff questions about development or other concerns. Toys are available for check out so families can extend learning and play at home. Eligibility: open to anyone caring for a child under the age of 5. 
Baby U is a home visiting program supporting families with their specific parenting needs. Using the Nurturing Parenting and Parents as Teachers models, staff walk alongside families with children prenatally through the first semester of kindergarten providing resources, education, and support.  Eligibility: Baby U is open to low-income families or those experiencing high parenting stress
Geographic Area Served:  Boone, Howard, Cooper, Randolph, Audrain, Callaway, Moniteau, Cole, and Osage Counties.

Focus on Kids
MU Dept. of Human Development & Family Studies

Services: Court-mandated parent education program for parents who have filed for divorce or a motion-to-modify; online version also available for parents who cannot attend classes but must be approved by the court
Fee: Self pay
Eligibility: By court order only for parents who have children age 18 and younger
Intake Procedures: Referral by the court
Required Documentation for Services: None
Geographic Area Served: Boone and Callaway Counties

Focus on Learning Center (tutoring and summer classes for K-College)
200 Corporate Lake Dr., Columbia, MO 65203
(573)875-5187  Fax: (573)874-1849
Hours: Office 9:00-6:00 Monday-Friday; Tutoring: 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:00-
12:00 Saturday

Services: Tutoring and summer classes for kindergarten-college (reading, writing, math, science, foreign languages, study skills, speed reading, assisted study hall, ACT/SAT/GRE/MCAT/LSAT prep.)
Fee: Full cost, accept payment through D.F.S. and also work with Caring Communities
Eligibility: Kindergarten through graduate school students.

Friends of Rockbridge Memorial Park (Bats on Parade, Nature Detectives, Eco Hike)
P.O. Box 7642, Columbia, MO 65205
(573) 449-7402 (Rock Bridge Memorial State Park Office)
Hours: 9:00-5:00 Monday-Friday

Services: Volunteer service, fundraising, educational programs, and advocacy for Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, including outreach programs for children who might not otherwise have
access to the park; educational programs include: Bats on Parade and Nature Detectives (summer) and Orienteering Meet and EcoHike (fall)
Fee: Free of charge
Eligibility: No restrictions

Fun City Youth Academy 
PO Box 1426, Columbia, MO 65205 
Summer Academy – (June-July) West Blvd Elementary School, 319 West Blvd North, Columbia, MO 65203 
Saturday Academy – (September-May) Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Banks Ave, Columbia, MO 65203 
(573)256-1436 Fax: (573)256-8641

Hours: Summer Academy 8:00-4:30; Saturday Academy 11:30-4:30;
Office: 9-5 Monday - Friday
Services: Summer Academy – 8-week summer program in partnership with Columbia Public Schools; Saturday Academy during the school year provides academics enrichment in reading, math and science, along with cultural enhancement through the African American Heritage curriculum and the arts.
Fee: MO Child Care Assistance or sliding scale fee for Summer Academy, no fee for Saturday Academy
Eligibility: Summer Academy grades K-4 (entering grades 1-5); Saturday Academy grades K-8

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
230 Metro Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65109

Helps girls learn decision making skills, develop values, and participate in community service projects; girls may participate as members of a troop or as individual Juliettes.  Financial assistance available. 

Grade A+  
Second Missionary Baptist Church-Education Annex
407 E Broadway, Columbia  Mail: P.O. Box 30843, Columbia, MO 65205
573-268-4372 or or

Services: Grade A! Academic Support and Enrichment Program: After school tutoring for grades 3-12, Tuesday and Thursday for 10-13 weeks, three semesters a year.
FHG Worship Arts and Dance Academy: Dance training in the worship arts, provides girl empowerment and mentoring activities.
Fee: None for Grade A! Academic Support services. Some for Enrichment Program activities.
Some for FHG Worship Arts and Dance Academy services.
Eligibility: Open
Intake Procedures: On line application and interview.
Required documentation for service: Complete enrollment forms, attend parent orientation meeting, supply requested information.
Geographic Area: Open to all Boone county residents.

Granny's House
110 E. Worley , Columbia, MO 65203 ,P.O. Box 30646, Columbia, MO 65205 

Hours: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (M-F) and one Saturday morning per month
Services: After school program with age appropriate activity groups, teaching and modeling Christian principles, also including nutritious snacks for the children
Eligibility: Anyone in or around public housing ages 4-13
Intake Procedures: Call or walk-in to enroll
Required Documentation for Services: None
Geographic Area Served: Columbia public housing

Great Circle  
4304 S. Bearfield Rd Columbia, MO 65201 
409 Vandiver Dr. Bldg. 6, Ste. 102, Columbia, MO 65202
844-424-3577 (GCHELPS) Toll Free

Hours: 24 hours daily, 7 days weekly 
Services: Residential care to youth ages 6-21 who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned; Transitional Living Group Home Program for youth ages 16-21; Home and Community Based Services that include Foster Care Case Management, Home Visitation Healthy Families America© services prenatal up to age 3, Intensive In-Home Services, Older Youth groups, Individual and Family counseling family counseling 
Fee: Some insurance and private pay accepted for residential care
Eligibility: Based on referrals from state or federal agencies
Intake Procedures: Contact our call center at 1-844-424-3577 (GCHELPS) Toll Free 
Required Documentation for Services: Varies based on program
Geographic Area Served: Boone and nearby counties given priority for residential & group home programs. Outreach services for children/families in Central, Northwest, and Northeast Missouri 

Hallsville School District
421 E. Hwy 124, Hallsville, MO 65255
573-696-5512  Fax: 573-696-1605

Harrisburg R-VIII School District
1000 S. Harris, Harrisburg, MO 65256

Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run
3512 I-70 Dr. SE, Columbia, MO 65201

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. When girls develop and strengthen these life skills, they can thrive. More importantly, they can then develop a final skill: CONTRIBUTION. Girls on the Run inspires girls to build lives of purpose and to make a meaningful contribution to community and society. This comes to life through a key element of the curricula when each team creates and executes a community service project.Heart of Missouri Girls on the Run was established in 2011 to serve counties in mid-Missouri has provided life-changing programming to more than 1,000 girls in the past 5 years!

Jabberwocky Studios 
1308 Grand Ave, Columbia, MO 

Empowers and enfranchises participants through the arts while celebrating the diversity of our community. They offer classes in dance, voice, speaking, and art. For ages 4 to adult depending on the class. In an effort to represent this diversity among Jabberwocky participants, children and adults from any family that qualifies for free or reduced school lunch may participate in Jabberwocky classes, camps, or activities by making a donation to the studio. There should be one donation per student per activity. A donation level for each class will be suggested but any donation will be accepted as sufficient.

Family Impact Center 
103 E Ash St, Ste 200, Columbia, MO 65203 

Afterschool program for preschool children that focuses on kindergarten readiness to prepare children to enter school ready to succeed. For preschool aged children.

Kidz I.N.K.
903 Old Hwy 63 N, Unit A, Columbia, MO 65201

What makes Kidz I.N.K special? 
Parental Engagement (mandatory attendance to special events)
Quality programing and Instructors (Trained in First Aid & CPR, Fingerprinted, Background checks ran, Experience, & Education)
Smaller Groups
Mandatory Report Card Turn In
When it comes to programs and fun activities for kids and teens in Columbia there is very little to choose from. We want to provide a place where kids are safe, they can be themselves, and most importantly learn how powerful they are.

La Leche League
2615 Shepard Blvd, Columbia, MO 65201 - Third Tuesday of the month 7:00 pm

Breastfeeding Meetings offer mother-to-be support for all mothers and pregnant mothers interested in learning more about breastfeeding.  Meetings are free and are led by accredited Leaders who have breastfeeding experience. The morning group meets online, so check out the Facebook page link, and the evening group meets the third Tuesday of each month at Unitarian Universalist Church on Shepard Blvd. 

Love Inc Of Columbia 
1516 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 256-7662  Furniture donation line: 573-447-0020

Hours: Administrative Office: 8:30-4:30 (M-F); Client request telephone line open Monday-Wednesday 8:30am - 9:30am, and Wednesday 3:30pm - 4:30pm.
The Love Seat Resale Store: 10:00-5:00 (M-F), 9:00-4:00 (Sat)
Services: An intake interview is offered for the purpose of assessment and goal setting. Subsequently information and referral may be provided and/or enrollment in one of our programs. Love INC Information Library lists Love INC's most frequently requested documents. Programs include: Side by Side - individual coaching in the areas of life purpose, basic budgeting, job search, housing search, and credit score building. Extra Mile - 16 week, high accountability money management coaching with rewards/incentives. Extra Mile Homes – Four to six month transitional housing with money management and person coaching. The Love Seat – Free basic needs furniture for those in crisis or transition with church/agency verified need; resale store for those desiring to purchase low-cost items. Bike 2 to the Future – Free bicycle, helmet and lock for adults needing transportation to work or school.
Fee: None
Eligibility: City of Columbia residents
Intake Procedures: Agencies or church staff may email a referral to or or leave a message on line 2. Clients may leave a message on line 1 on Monday-Wednesday 8:30am - 9:30am, and Wednesday 3:30pm - 4:30pm.
Staff is not available for walk-in appointments.
Required Documentation for Services: Permission for verification following intake interview as needed
Geographic Area Served: City of Columbia
Foreign Languages Spoken: Spanish

Lutheran Family and Children’s Services
307 Locust St., Columbia, MO 65201
(573)815-9955 or 866-326-LFCS (5327)    Fax: (573)449-4640
Hours: 8:30-4:30

Services: Counseling for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, offers parenting skills or placing child in an adoptive home; advocate for birth mother’s role in her decision; some funding available for medical costs; adoptive services include domestic and international adoptions, as well as home studies and post-placement supervision: Resources Parents provides group support, mentors and individualized case management support for youth who are pregnant or parenting.
Nurturing Network - LFCS offers help and support to Boone county parents through the Nurturing Network which is nationally recognized program with Evidence-Based strategies and curricula. This program teaches the importance of self-care skills and parenting education, so parents can be at their best for their children. 
Maternal Mental Health - LFCS offers individual, couples and family therapy services for Boone county mothers with depression (during pregnancy, post-partum or while parenting) and their children. This improves the parent-child relationship. Medication management assistance is available as needed. 
Fee: Fee for adoptions and home studies, no fee for pregnancy counseling
Eligibility: None for pregnancy counseling clients, call for criteria if wanting to adopt

Mom's Day Out Program
617 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203 (United Community Cathedral)

Columbia ministries join together to offer daycare services for Single Mom families!
When: 3rd Saturday of each month
Who: Children ages 2 - 8 (potty trained), first 10 children registered
What: Free childcare from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Cost: One time yearly registration fee of $10. Bring snacks only for your children, and volunteer at least one time per year.

Moving Ahead Program - After School and Summer Program 
J. W. “Blind” Boone Community Center 
201 Switzler St, Columbia, MO 65201 

The program offers one-on-one tutoring and fun cultural and physical activities. Some transportation is available. For children in K-8 th grade. 

MPACT (Missouri Parents Act)
A statewide advocacy, information, and resource organization serving children with disabilities, their families, and consumers.

Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center
1509 Hinkson, Columbia, MO 65201
(573)449-5600  Fax: (573)875-1535

Hours: 7:00-5:30 Monday-Friday
Services: Child care services
Fee: Sliding scale
Eligibility: Ages 6 weeks to 6 years

Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline 1-800-392-3738

Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network
2503 W. Ash, Suite A, Columbia, MO 65203
(573)445-5437 or 1-800-243-9685

Hours: 8:30-4:30 (M-F)
Services: Assist families with finding child care, services to families and child care providers
for children with special needs, training and newsletters for providers, educational materials, data
on Missouri child care needs.
Fee: None for families

Missouri State Children's Division
212 Portland St., Columbia, MO 65201

Services: Foster home placement, adoption services, family centered services, abuse and neglect hotline investigations

Missouri Department of Social Services
Boone County Family Support Division
601 Business Loop 70 W #272, Columbia, MO 65203
855-FSD-INFO (855-373-4636) or 800-392-1261(automated line)
Relay Missouri: 711 (Information line if you are hearing and/or speech impaired)Text Telephone: 800-735-2966 TTD Voice Access: 800-735-2466

Who is Eligible?
You may be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy Program if you are a low-income parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13 (or age 13 or older with a special need) and are: working, attending school, in job training, disabled, homeless, searching for a job, being evaluated for training and/or employment, receiving child welfare services from the Children's Division
Note: Eligible children may be placed on a waiting list due to lack of adequate funding. Eligibility does not guarantee immediate benefits.
You may apply or reapply for Child Care Subsidy by:
Applying online or Completing the Child Care Application and submitting it to your local Family Support Division (FSD) office in person or by mail
Once FSD has received your application, you will be contacted for an interview. This interview must be complete before FSD can approve your Child Care Subsidy application. If FSD is unable to reach you through the phone number you provided, you will receive a letter with directions on how to complete your interview.
Once FSD has received all information needed to process your application, you will be notified within 15 calendar days if you are approved for Child Care Subsidy.

My Life Clinic 
802 N. Providence Rd.,Suite 2, Columbia, MO 65203
573-874-3561   Fax: 573-875-5244
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00-5:00

My Life Clinic offers professional, confidential pregnancy medical and non-medical services at no cost. Services include pregnancy confirmation, limited ultrasounds, pregnancy prevention and termination education, prenatal vitamins, limited STD testing and treatment, and adoption consultations. Appointments may be scheduled for general community resource education and referral. Once you are a client at our clinic, you may access parent mentoring, parenting classes, mom's support group, abortion recovery support program and earn baby bucks to use in our baby boutique. We are available for emergency needs diapers to all members of the community.
Eligibility: There are no limits to who can access services at My Life Clinic. Clients must qualify for limited OB ultrasound and STD testing. This can be done by speaking with our Nurse Manager. The baby boutique carries clothing up to size 24 mos. 

Nora Stewart Memorial Nursery School
Address: 500 E. Ash, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573)449-5981  Fax: (573)875-5276

Hours: 7:00-5:45 (M-F)
Services: 12 month daycare for children; education, good physical and nutritional care
Fee: Sliding Scale
Eligibility: Ages 2-10 years

Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell® provides new winter clothing and coats to children in pre-school through fifth grade in the Columbia Public Schools.The goal is to increase the self-esteem of the child and encourage regular school attendance. School personnel identify and refer children to this program. 
Each child receives: two pairs of jeans, leggings, or pants, a winter coat, mittens, a sweatshirt, three shirts, six pairs of underwear, six pairs of socks, a care kit containing personal hygiene items.

ParentLink - University of Missouri
4800 Santana Circle, Columbia, M) 65203
(573) 882-7323    Fax: (573) 884-0409
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed noon to 1:00 p.m.)
Parent Link Warm Line - 800-552-8522 for high quality parenting information and answers to your parenting questions

Services: Provides research-based parenting information, referrals, and supportive conversation to parents and professionals working with parents and children; also available to students
Fee: Free
Eligibility: Parents and professionals involved with children

Parents As Teachers
2191 Smiley Ln, Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 214-3955   Fax: (573) 214-3998-
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M-F)

An early-learning program for parents with children prenatal to age 5. As a parent, you are your child's first teacher and your home is your child's first school. Your baby begins learning prenatally. Parents As Teachers can help you lay a strong foundation for your child's future success in school. Parents As Teachers is offered at no cost.
Program Services:
Home Visits - Personalized home visits by certified parent educators, specially trained in child development and eager to help you give your child a great start.
Group Connections - Group meetings with other parents and parent-child activities, where you can share parenting experiences and gain new insight about your child.
Drop in and Play - Located at the Center for Early Learning North, our play room is open Friday mornings and typically the first Wednesday evening of each month for play time.
Classes - PAT offers free Positive Parenting classes, Infant Massage classes, and Preschool and Parent Yoga on the first Wednesday evening of most months at the Center for Early Learning North. 
Screenings - PAT offers periodic screening of overall development, language, health, hearing, and vision.
Teen Parent Group Meetings - PAT offers pregnant or parenting teens regular meetings and support at all of the local public high schools.

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

Rainbow House
1611 Towne Dr. Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 474-6600 ext. 2121  Fax: (573) 474-5992
Hours: Office: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (M-F); Facility: 24 hours daily

Services: Emergency shelter for abused/neglected children; care for children of families in crisis
by private agreement; respite care for children in foster homes; Regional Child Advocacy Center
provides site for team interviews of victims of child maltreatment, child SAFE exams and
advocate services for victims; Sol House transitional living program for ages 16-21; outpatient
counseling for individuals and families affected by child abuse; group counseling; child abuse
resource library
Fee: None for shelter care, sliding fee or no charge for counseling, Medicaid accepted
Eligibility: Shelter serves children (ages 0-18) and families in crisis (self-referral or Children’s
Division referral); Child Advocacy Center is available to law enforcement, DFS, juvenile office,
and prosecuting attorney; counseling is open to any individual or family affected by child abuse.

Safe Kids Coalition - Columbia
404 N. Keene St., Columbia, MO 65201
573-771-9216  FAX 573-449-7588

Services: Child Passenger Safety: provides car and booster seats with instruction from certified Child Passenger Safety Technician; Helmet & Wheeled Sports Safety: provides helmets for kids 15 and younger with fitting and safety education; Pool, Spa, and Open Water Safety: water safety events scheduled throughout the swimming season; Pedestrian Safety: programs and events organized annually; Home Safety: poison prevention, falls prevention and toy safety, fire and burn prevention education; safety tips and fact sheets available on the website. Safe Kids Day each spring – Fun and educational 
Eligibility: Preventable injury programs for children 19 years and under 
Intake Procedures: Car seat and helmet fitting and instruction by appointment, educational program requests scheduled 4-6 weeks in advance 
Required Documentation for Services: N/A 
Geographic Area Served: Audrain, Boone, Cooper, Callaway, Cole and Howard counties

School’s Out COMO 
Family Impact Center 
105 E Ash St, Ste 200, Columbia, MO 65203 

Provides out of school programming for elementary age schoolchildren (ages k-5 th) while Columbia Public Schools are closed for teacher workdays. For children in kindergarten through 5th grade.

Services for Independent Living
1401 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65201
573-874-1646 Fax: 573-874-3564
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services for Independent Living (SIL) is a non-profit Center for Independent Living that promotes independence for persons with disabilities, seniors, and veterans by following the Independent Living Philosophy. We provide five core services: Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, Information & Referral, Peer Support, and Transition. 
Our services include:  Assistive devices/technology information, demonstration, and technical assistance, a hands-on demonstration center, equipment loans, and ramp installation. Our reutilization program accepts donations of gently used fully functional durable medical equipment.
Youth programs and services for ages 13-32 aids transition into adulthood and is provided in individualized and group settings. Year-round support groups, activities, and classes on pre-employment and work readiness, financial literacy, cooking, healthy relationships, social skills. 
Personal Care Services include Consumer-Directed Service: the consumer chooses, hires, and directs their attendant, In-Home Service: the attendant is employed by SIL but the consumer directs their activities. Applications for aides and attendants are continuously accepted.
Aging in Place assists individuals age 55+ to remain active in the community, reduce isolation, and maximize their independence.
Transportation Services provides door-to-door service.
Volunteer services is always accepting individuals to assist in our mission.
Fee: Most services are free (there may be low cost fees for transportation service).
Eligibility: People with disabilities, seniors, and veterans.
Geographic Area Served: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cooper, Howard, Montgomery, Randolph.

Sleep In Heavenly Peace
844-432-BEDS (2337)

We fully believe that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs.  All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. In Idaho and across the U.S., too many boys and girls go without a bed - or even a pillow - to sleep on. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. This can affect their happiness and health.
That's where Sleep in Heavenly Peace comes in. We're a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. Our organization has grown steadily over time, and we're working on opening more chapters in different states to serve more people.
How to Request a Bed
You can request a bed in one of two ways:
1.) As a Bed Recipient: To qualify as a bed recipient, you must be the legal guardian of the child or children receiving the bed. Please submit the online SHP Application Form mentioned above.
2.) As a Referral: Referring a family for a bed is a big responsibility. Generally, it is through referrals that we find the families who need our beds the most. If you’re a referral, please submit the online SHP Application Form.  
Also, if you’ve referred a family to us, you’ll need to be present for the bed delivery if they’re selected. We also need the ability to reach people who refer a family via phone or text.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is always eager to help families in need, particularly ones whose kids have uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. Unfortunately, we can only help families who are close to our active chapters.
Therefore, you must fit the following criteria to receive one of our bunk beds:
1.) Location: You must live near one of our active chapters. To find your local chapter, view our locations here.
2.) Living Environment: You must have an accessible house or apartment with a room large enough to fit one of our beds.
3.) Contact: We must be able to contact you via phone, text or email.
4.) Necessary Documents: You’ll need to fill out our online SHP Application Form. 
      If your application is accepted, you’ll need to sign an Indemnification Release Form (you can do this when your bed arrives).

Woodrail Medical Plaza - Bldg 2, Ste. 140
1000 W. Nifong Blvd, Columbia, MO 65203

Developmental delays, learning disorders, and behavioral and social-­emotional problems are estimated to affect one in every six children. But, less than twenty percent of children are being routinely and universally screened for such delays using evidence-based instruments. This lack of screening leads to delays in identification and treatment. SOAR (System Offering Actions for Resilience in Early Childhood) is committed to building community awareness and developing programs to promote the social-emotional wellness of children age 0-8 and their families in Boone County. Our focus is on early child wellness, universal developmental screening, information/referral, workforce development and treatment services.

Southern Boone School District
5275 W. Red Tail Dr., Ashland, MO 65010
573-657-2147  Fax: 833-284-5639

Sturgeon R-V School District
210 W. Patton, Sturgeon, MO 65284

The Caring People
409 Vandiver, Bldg. 3, Ste. 221-223, Columbia, MO 65203
573-864-3619 (Ava Summers)

The Caring People reach out to Single Moms with unconditional love and support. Care Groups meet weekly throughout Columbia and the surrounding area, with more coming in the new future.  Come laugh, learn, and pray together, as we build relationships in an atmosphere of hope!

UCP Child Development Center
3804 Santiago Dr., Columbia, MO 65203
573-449-6783   FAX:  573-449-8963

Services: Child Development Center offers individualized early care and education for children with and without disabilities ages 6 weeks to 6 years, before/after school care with transportation to and from MillCreek, Rock Bridge and Grant, summer day camp for ages 6 to 12; Friday evening respite program for children with disabilities and their families. 
Fee: Varies by program, accepts Child Care subsidy
Eligibility: 6 weeks to 12 years of age for early care and education, under 16 for other services
Intake Procedure: Phone or walk-in
Required Documentation for Services: Enrollment packet
Geographic Area Served: Columbia and surrounding area

University of Missouri Extension - Boone (4-H)
1012 N. Highway UU Columbia, MO 65203
(573)445-9792   Fax: (573) 445-9807

Hours: 8-4:30 pm Monday through Friday closed noon-12:30 for lunch
Services: Provides practical, research-based information and learning opportunities (newsletters, workshops, guide sheets, classes, resources, events) on youth development, 4-H Clubs, health nutrition, aging, community development, leadership, agriculture (farming, gardening, soil testing, pesticide, licensing) and Master Gardener Club
Eligibility: Open to all
Fees: Nominal charges for some programs; many available at no charge

University YMCA (Tutoring and Youth Development Program)
Brady Commons (University of Missouri Campus), Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-1550   Fax: (573) 884-7348
Hours: 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. (M-F)

Services: Camp Mudd (summer day camp) ; Boone County Tenants Association; “Y” Tutors
(after school tutoring at the ARC); visitation programs with retirement centers; juggling club;
Youth-in-Government; Kid Contact with area nursery schools; Alternative Spring Break
programs; Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity
Fee: Youth-in-Government and Alternative Spring Break fees, Camp Mudd scholarships
Eligibility: Contact agency for details

Voluntary Action Center (VAC)
403A Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 874-2273   Fax: (573) 874-9172

Services Provided: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - noon & 1 - 4 p.m. (by appointment only, please call for intake and to schedule appointment for no contact services)
Phones: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
SERVICES: Financial Assistance with: Missouri Birth Certificates, Photo IDs, Prescriptions, Medical and Dental Copayments, Food Handler Cards required by employer, Baby Formula for WIC clients, Gas for work and medical appointments, Work Uniforms required for new employment, Car Repair for employed individuals, Rent and Motel Assistance (based on availability and grant guidelines)
In-Kind Assistance: Emergency Food, Hygiene Products, Feminine Hygiene Products, Household Cleaning Products, Diapers and Wipes, Go COMO Bus Tickets, Clothing Vouchers, Safe Kids Car Seat Vouchers
Seasonal Programs: Homes for Computers (school-age children), Window Air Conditioner Exchange, Summer Fans, Lunch in the Park (summer lunch for school-age children), Back to School Health Fair (school supplies for school-age children), Warm Up Columbia (winter clothing), Holiday Program (holiday gifts and meals)
ELIGIBILITY: Client must be a current Boone County resident and gross income for everyone living at the Address must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.