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Children and Parenting Resources

4 H
600 W. Morrison Ste. 17, Fayette, MO 65248
660-248-2272
Email: howardco@missouri.edu
http://extension.missouri.edu/howard/4h.aspx

4‑H empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. It’s a research-based experience that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and a meaningful leadership opportunity.




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 - Troup 62
Fayette, MO 
https://www.facebook.com/BSA.Troop62.Fayette/

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. Covering Howard County.  Contact by messaging their facebook page. 



Central Missouri Community Action Head Start
Howard County Head Start
101 Furr St., Fayette, MO 65248
660-248-2227   Fax: 660-324-0564

Glasgow Head Start
860 Randolph St., Glasgow, MO 65254
660-338-2012   Fax: 669-338-5999

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.



Central Missouri Community Action  - Show Me Healthy Relationships - Howard
807B N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203
855-422-4510
nolanda@cmca.us
https://cmca.us/

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 



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.




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.



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

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. 
Geographic Area Served:  Boone, Howard, Cooper, Randolph, Audrain, Callaway, Moniteau, Cole, and Osage Counties.e



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. 



Howard 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).



Howard County Public School Review
https://www.publicschoolreview.com/missouri/howard-county

A listing of all the public schools in Howard County with map and contact information.


Lutheran Family and Children’s Services (Pregnant or Parenting Youth)
307 Locust St., Columbia, MO 65201 (Serves Howard County)
(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.
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



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



Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division
Howard County
103 Furr Street
Fayette, MO 65248-1069
660-248-3324   FAX: 660-248-1023 
dss.mo.gov/cd/office/howard.htm

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.
How do I apply or reapply?

You may apply or reapply for Child Care Subsidy by: Applying online
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.



Missouri State Division of Child Support Enforcement
205 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-4224
https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm

The Child Support program responsibilities include locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing child and medical support orders, monitoring and enforcing compliance with child and medical support orders, reviewing and initiating modification of support orders and distributing support collections.



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. 



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
510 N. Cleveland, Fayette, MO. 65248
Contact person: Nancy Holtwick
660-728-3686
Facebook page: Fayette Parents as Teachers

We have all the usual Parents as Teachers services including personal visits, group connections, developmental and health screenings as well as a resource and referral network.  We have a Play Center at Fayette High School and a toy lending library there.  All families with children prenatally to kindergarten entry are welcome to participate.  Also, we offer a diaper and book program for qualifying families.  To learn more about our activities, the Imagination Library and other offerings, please follow us on facebook at Fayette Parents as Teachers.



Parents As Teachers 
860 Randolph St., Glasgow, MO 65254
660-338-2012
Mellissaf@cmca.us
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 
414 W. Broadway, New Franklin, MO 65274

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 within the New Franklin Public School District.
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.



ParentLink
Toll Free at 1-800-552-8522/Local 573-882-7323

Call Center is now available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12pm-5pm 

Our Mission:
To effectively engage families in reducing adverse childhood experiences and to promote optimal development.



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.


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