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Before/After School Care

Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City
925 East Atchison Court Jefferson City, MO 65101    

This program serves children after school and in the Summer. It provides a safe location to enable all young people, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Y Care Before/After School Care (Jefferson City YMCA)
Knowles Center, 424 Stadium Blvd., Jefferson City MO

Y-Care offers a wide variety of fun, educational activities. Afternoon snack is provided. Y-Care before school session begins at 6:45 a.m. Y-Care after school session ends at 5:30 p.m. Available at Belair, Cedar Hill, Lawson, Thorpe Gordon, West, North (PM only), Moreau Heights (PM only), Callaway Hills (YMCA transports from Callaway to North. Y-Care at the Y (YMCA transports from Pioneer Trails, East and South to Knowles YMCA – PM only).

Child Care and Early Learning Centers

Child Care Aware of Central Missouri
105 East Ash Street Suite 102 Columbia, MO       
573-443-5437 Toll-free: 800-243-9685

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
Eligibility: None
Area: Child Care Aware serves as a community resource on child care for 46 counties in Central and Northeast Missouri.

CMCA (Capital Early Learning)
609 Marshall Street Jefferson City MO 65101        

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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 (Cole East Head Start)
605 Cherry Street, Jefferson City MO 65101       

Cole East Head Start works hard to provide low cost, high quality child care for preschool aged children ages 3-5 and family services to our community.

CMCA (Head Start)
807 North Providence Columbia, MO 65203        
573-443-8706 Fax: 573-876-6993 

Hours: Monday –Friday 8:00am -5:00pm Services: Parental, Early and Head Start.

Cole 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).

Jefferson City Day Care Center
1002 Myrtle Avenue, 
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109                       
Fax: 573-636-7932

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday; 7:00 am – 5:30 pm. 
Contact Person: Donna Scheidt
Services offered to the public: Childcare for children birth – eight years of age, based on income and family size.

South West Early Learning Center
812 St. Mary's Boulevard Jefferson City, MO 65109    

Title 1 preschool, infant toddler care, early special education services and parents as teachers for eligible families and children.

The Special Learning Center
1115 Fairgrounds Rd., Jefferson City, MO 65109
573-634-3070   FAX 573-636-3247
The Special Learning Center provides comprehensive, early intervention services for children with developmental delays and disabilities. Children served in the Special Learning Center program have delays ranging from mild to severe. Children without delays also attend the Special Learning Center and serve as friends and role models to their peers. In this program, our classrooms offer a warm, caring environment where individualized and appropriate learning activities for each child are offered. Students are grouped by developmental and age levels into early childhood classes. Sign language classes, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy are offered on site and in the outlying school district. We also have a childcare center called Crayon Kids.  Student/teacher ratios are kept to a minimum to maximize each student’s progress and help prepare students for entry into public school or their next educational placement.

Extracurricular Activities/ Clubs

Boys Scouts of America
Great Rivers Council 201 Monroe Street Jefferson City, Mo 65101 

Services: for the youth, instilling character and citizenship responsibilities, provides leadership training, and teaches life skills to boys and young men and women. 

Cole County 4-H
2436 Tanner Bridge Rd., Jefferson City, MO 65101

A working union of the 4-H Foundation of Cole County, Cole County 4-H Council, our 4-H families, and concerned Cole County residents to provide more opportunities, knowledge and experience for Cole County 4-H members to become capable, competent and caring citizens in our clubs, communities, country and world.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
230 Metro Drive Jefferson City, Missouri 65109      

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to1:00 pm (council shop). Contact Person: Angela Peth Services offered to the public: Youth Services. Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. 

Jefferson City Area YMCA
525 Ellis Blvd. or 424 Stadium Blvd. or 3507 Amazonas Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday; 4:30 am – 10:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday; 6:30 am – 6:00 pm
Services offered to the public: Membership includes use of tennis courts, racquet ball courts, indoor track, basketball courts, fitness center and pool. Variety of programs offered – aerobics, gymnastics, swim lessons, youth sports, after school programs etc.

Missouri Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters
Knowles YMCA, Annex Building 424 Stadium Blvd. PO Box 104176 Jefferson City, Missouri 65101   
573-634-3290 Fax: 573-761-3552 

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Contact Person: Lee A. Knernschield, Program Director Services offered to the public: We match Bigs with Littles through extensive background and reference check: Mentoring is offered to children of one parent families. Directions: 424 Stadium Blvd – Across the street from high school football stadium. 

Family Services/ Foster Care

Cole County Family Support Division/ Children’s Division 
1716 Four Seasons Drive Suite 104 Jefferson City, MO 65101 
573-751-4688 Fax: 573-526-4746 
  • Relay Missouri: 711 (Information line if you are hearing and/or speech impaired)Text Telephone: 800-735-2966  TTD Voice Access: 800-735-2466
Children’s Division: Assistance to abused/neglected children and their families. Investigate abuse/neglect, license foster, kinship and adoptive homes, services to families and children surrounding abuse/neglect. Fee: Free

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.

Every Child's Hope
1026 Northeast Dr.,Jefferson City, MO 65109

ECH provides intensive case management focused on safety and permanency for children being fostered by Missouri Children’s Division in St. Louis County, St. Louis City. St. Charles County, Cole County, and Franklin County.

Central Missouri Foster Care& Adoption Association(CMFCAA)
1119 Jefferson St. Jefferson City MO 65102
Phone: 573-298-0258 or 573-353-0574
Contact person: DeAnna Alonso

Services available to the public: Non profit agency that provides programs and services to foster &
adoptive children. Youth and families. Service Area: Cole, Camden, Miller, Morgan, Laclede, Moniteau, Boone & Callaway Counties.

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

Home Visitation

First Chance for Children
1010 Fay Street Columbia, MO 65201

First Chance for Children is a leader at the local and state level advocating for high quality early childhood practices, programming and policy while providing resources to foster healthy families and high quality early childhood development programs and services.

CMCA (Cole East Head Start home based)
605 Cherry Street, Jefferson City MO 65101       

Services: Weekly home visits lasting 90 minutes for prenatal mothers and birth to age 3. This program assists families with education, child development, nutrition, mental health, family development, etc. 

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!

Lutheran Family and Children’s Services (pregnant or parenting youth)
Locust St, Columbia, MO 65201                

LFCS is a statewide organization providing counseling, adoption, crisis pregnancy assistance, foster care, child care, youth mentoring services and disaster relief – reaching out to more than 22,000 individuals and families annually. LFCS is also a strong advocate for Missouri’s vulnerable families and works to improve the state and federal policies that affect them.

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
812 St. Mary's Boulevard Jefferson City, MO 65109  
Contact Person: Katie Epema 
Other Cole County contacts:
Cole R1 Russellville Contact Person: Heidi Nichols 
573-782-3298 ext. 1950
Cole R5 Eugene Contact number:  
Cole R2 Blair Oaks Contact Person: Shauna Kerperin 

Parents as Teachers is a parent education and support program for families with children from birth to Kindergarten entry, as well as expectant parents. It is designed to help you as a parent be able to help your child learn, grow and develop to realize his/her full potential.
FREE services include:
- Annual health/hearing/vision and developmental screenings for children age 3 months to 5 years (not yet in kindergarten).
- Group connection events where parents and children participate in activities together or parents come to receive information from speakers on a variety of topics.
- Connection to other local resources.
- Personalized home visits with a certified parent educator. Parents work with their educator to set and reach goals for their child and family, discuss a variety of child development and parenting topics, and share a parent-child activity chosen especially for their family.

Juvenile Delinquency

Prenger Family Center
400 Stadium Blvd, Jefferson City, MO

Short-term care facility where court personnel can observe youths adjudicated as delinquent by the Juvenile Court. After evaluation period, youth is either returned home or placed in a more suitable setting.


Cole County Public Schools Review

A listing of all the public schools in Cole County with maps and contact information.

Jefferson City Public Schools
315 East Dunklin Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Public Preschool
Title 1 Preschool-Southwest Early Childhood Center
812 St. Mary’s Blvd. Jefferson city MO 65109

Early Childhood Special Education Preschool-Southwest Early Childhood Center, 
812 St. Mary’s Blvd. Jefferson city MO 65109

Jefferson City Home Educators (JCHE)
PO Box 105995, Jefferson City, MO 65110

JCHE is a group of families who have chosen to home educate their children. JCHE is a Christian group operating on Christian principles. Purpose is to provide support, encouragement, and fellowship to families who home educate in the JC area, provide activities for social and educational development, and offer home school information to prospective 28 families. Membership is open to any family who home educates their children, $30 annual dues. Membership privileges include participation in all JCHE activities, “The Schoolhouse News” monthly newsletter, membership directory, discounted membership rate with HSLDA and some area merchants.