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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri
4250 E Broadway #1067, Columbia, MO 65201
573-874-3677  
Fax 573-874-3679
http://www.bigsofcentralmo.org/

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



Boy Scouts of America - Grand Prairie District
First Presbyterian Church
400 Lakeview Rd., Mexico, MO 
600-676-3088

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. Serving Callaway and Audrain Counties. 



Callaway County Childcare Facilities
Missouri Dept of Health & Senior Services
https://healthapps.dhss.mo.gov/childcaresearch/

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).




Callaway County Children’s Division
108 N. Hospital Dr., Fulton, MO 65251-2531
573-592-1002    Fax: 573-592-4085
Hours: Monday- Friday 8:00-5:00

Services: Food Stamps, WIC, Childcare subsidy, Medicaid, Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF)
Eligibility: Application and income guidelines.
Fee: None



Callaway County Public Schools Review
https://www.publicschoolreview.com/missouri/callaway-county

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



Central Missouri Community Action - Fulton Head Start 
1600 Westminster Ave Fulton, Mo 65251
573-642-3201 

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. Services are also available to infants and toddlers with the Early Head Start Program.



Child Care Aware of Missouri      
866-892-3228 
info@mo.childcareaware.org

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 Support Enforcement
Family Support Division
1512 Heriford Dr. Suite B., Columbia, MO 65202
866-313-9960   Fax: 573-882-9657
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

Services: Paternity establishment, Assistance in filing claims to begin receiving child support.
Eligibility: Must be seeking child support from child’s mother or father.
Fee: None



Dream Factory - Central Missouri Chapter
P.O. Box 139, Columbia, MO 65203
573-489-8710

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



Faith Maternity Care of Mid-Missouri Non-Resident Services
500 Market St., Ste. 301C, Fulton, MO 65251
573-642-7414

Parenting Skills Classes, Gas Service Payment Assistance, Electric Service Payment Assistance, Diapers, Rent Payment Assistance for pregnant women.



First Chance for Children
1010 Fay Street Columbia, MO 65201
573-777-1815
director@fc4c.org
http://www.firstchanceforchildren.org/

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.
Services: CRIBS: free cribs, parent education, referrals to community resources; Lend and Learn: toy loan program, play groups, parent education, community resources 
Fee: None 
Eligibility: CRIBS is open to low-income families, Lend and Learn is open to anyone 
Intake Procedures: CRIBS: Phone; Lend and Learn: Walk-in 
Required Documentation for Services: CRIBS: Application for new crib; Lend and Learn: None 
Geographic Area Served: Boone, Howard, Cooper Counties, locations in Centralia and Fayette



First Steps
866-583-2392

First Steps is Missouri's Early Intervention system that provides services to families with children, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or developmental delays. The program is designed to meet the needs of families related to enhancing their child's development, learning, and participation in family and community life.



Focus on Kids
Callaway County Extension Office
5803 County Road 302, Fulton, MO 65251
573-897-3648, ext. 3

More than half of all marriages end in divorce, and the majority of these involve children. Conflict between parents, both before and after a divorce, is associated with many negative outcomes in children. The purpose of this workshop is to help parents learn how to nurture and support their children during and after their divorce.
Focus on Kids satisfies the Missouri law that requires parents who are divorcing to attend an educational parenting program. It is conducted in cooperation with Missouri’s circuit courts.



Fulton 58 School District
2 Hornet Dr., Fulton, MO 65251
573-590-8000  Fax: 573-590-8090



Fulton Education Center
2 Hornet Dr., Fulton, MO 65251
573-590-8050

The Fulton Education Center (FEC) is the early childhood building for the district. We offer three different preschool programs - Early Intervention (Title 1), Early Childhood Special Education, and FEC Preschool (public preschool program). We offer Parents as Teachers also! Please call (573) 590-8050 if you are interested in setting up a free preschool screening for your child.



Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
230 Metro Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65109
877-312-4764
www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/

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. 



MPACT (Missouri Parents Act)
A statewide advocacy, information, and resource organization serving children with disabilities, their families, and consumers.
800-743-7634



Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network
2503 W. Ash, Suite A Columbia, MO 65203 
573-445-5437 Toll-free: 800-243-9685

Child Care Aware serves as a community resource on child care for 46 counties in Central and Northeast Missouri.



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 months.



New Bloomfield R-III School District
307 Redwood Dr., New Bloomfield, MO 65063
573-491-3700  Fax: 573-491-3772



North Callaway R-I School District
2690 Thunderbird Dr., Kingdom City, MO 65262
573-386-2214



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
1805 Wood Street Fulton, Missouri
Fulton Public Schools: 590-8050, North Callaway R-I: 386-3327, South Callaway R-II: 676-5215 , New Bloomfield Schools: 491-3700 ext 206
www.parentsasteachers.org/

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 schoolhouse. Your baby begins learning at birth. 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 to all interested parents.
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.
Play Groups - Small monthly play groups with the opportunity to socialize with other parents in the program. Held on a weekday morning.
Screenings - PAT offers periodic screening of overall development, language, hearing, and vision.



Parents as Teachers (Holts Summit)
812 St. Mary's Boulevard Jefferson City, MO 65109  
573-659-3026
Contact Person: Katie Epema

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.



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
brooksjen@health.missouri.edu
www.muhealth.org/safekids

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



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

info@silcolumbia.org
silcolumbia.org


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.



South Callaway R-II School District
10135 State Road C, Mokane, MO 65059
573-676-5225  Fax: 573-676-5134



YMCA of Callaway County
1715 Wood St. Fulton, Missouri
573-642-1065

The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.

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