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Resources for Children:

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


Boone County Public Schools Review
https://www.publicschoolreview.com/missouri/boone-county

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



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

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. 



Camp Hickory Hill
P.O. Box 1942, Columbia, MO 65205
573-445-9146

www.camphickoryhill.com

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.


Child Care Aware of Central Missouri
105 East Ash Street Suite 102 Columbia, MO       
573-443-5437 Toll-free: 800-243-9685 
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 
Eligibility: None
Area: Child Care Aware serves as a community resource on child care for 46 counties in Central and Northeast Missouri.



City of Columbia Healthy Families Home Visiting Program
Columbia/Boone County Health Dept. 
1005 W. Worley St., Columbia, MO 65203
573-874-7488
https://www.como.gov/health/human-services/healthy-families-home-visiting-program/

*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 Title 1
2191 East Smiley Lane Columbia, MO 65202 
573-214-3585  FAX 573-214-3871  
mrook@cpsk12.org
www.cpsk12.org

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



Day Dreams Foundation
200 E. Walnut St., Ste. 4, Columbia, MO 65203
573-214-2600
daydreamsfoundation@gmail.com
http://www.daydreamsfoundation.org/about-us/

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
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 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



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. 


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

gradeaplusinc@gmail.com or forhisgloryinc65203@gmail.com
www.gradeaplusinc.com or www.forhisgloryinc.com

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
www.grannyshouse.org 

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 
573-874-8686 
www.greatcircle.org

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; Foster Care Case Management Services, Chafee Foster Care Independence Services; Intensive In-Home Services; Family Reunification Services; individual, group, or family counseling
Fee: Some insurance and private pay accepted for residential care
Eligibility: Based on referrals from state or federal agencies
Intake Procedures: Contact Jamie Kennedy, Admissions Coordinator
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 



Love Basket Inc.   
1713 Ridgemont, Columbia, MO 65203
573-424-5323    FAX 573-445-8564 

Hours: Any time (24 hour voice mail)
Services: Pregnancy/adoption counseling; information & referral; domestic/international adoptions
Fee: Free to all
Eligibility: Services to any pregnant woman, her partner, and their families interested in adoption
Intake Procedures: Phone, referral, email
Geographic Area Served: Mid-Missouri, Northern Missouri, Lake Ozark




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



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 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.



Rainbow House
1611 Towne Dr. Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 474-3558 OR (573) 474-6600  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.



Big Brother Big Sister of Central Missouri
4250 E Broadway #1067, Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 874-3677  
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


Child Care/After School Programs:

Adventure Club
101 Park De Ville Dr. Ste. D, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 884-2582 Fax: (573) 884-0737
adventureclub@missouri.edu

Hours: Office: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm; Program 7:00- 8:30 am & 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Services: Before and after school enrichment program for children in k-5 grade in Columbia
Public Schools; 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, DFS subsidies, sliding scale fees for families on free and reduced lunch
programs.


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


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 Public School, Title 1
555 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202
(573)214-3585  Fax: (573)214-3911

Hours: 9:00-12:00 and 12:45-3:45 Monday-Friday (during public school year)
Services: Preschool program for qualifying children; preschool screenings
Fee: Free
Eligibility: Age 3 by August 1 in the year of enrollment, preschool screening to determine
eligibility.


Fun City Youth Academy
Administrative Office – 318 Park Avenue, Columbia, MO 65201
Summer Academy – (June-August) Douglas High School, 310 N. Providence, Columbia, MO 65201
Saturday Academy – (September-May) Blind Boone Center, 301 N. Providence Columbia, MO 65201
(573)256-1436  Fax: (573)256-8641

Hours: Summer Academy 8:00-4:00; Saturday Academy Noon-4:00; 
Office 8:30-4:30 Tuesday - Saturday

Services: Full time licensed summer day care; Saturday Academy during the school year;
Programs support and motivate youth academically and socially through tutoring, mentoring, and
the arts, Parent Network; InterACT Teen-to-Teen Theater (peer educators ages 14-18)
Fee: Sliding scale fee for Summer Academy, no income requirements for Saturday Academy
Eligibility: Children ages 5-14 (Summer Academy, 5-18 for Saturday Academy)


Granny’s House After School Program
302-304 Trinity Place, PO Box 30646, Columbia, MO 65203
(573)442-5683

Hours: 4:00-6:00p.m. Monday-Friday and one Saturday morning per month
Services: An after school program with age appropriate activity groups, teaching and modeling
Christian principles, also including nutritious meals and snacks for children
Eligibility: Anyone in or around public housing.


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

Services: Early childhood development program; adult literacy; parent training and oral health;
health and nutrition services; mental health and disability services; fatherhood initiative; healthy
marriage initiative
Fee: Head Start services are free, extended care has fee
Eligibility: Children from birth to age 5, income guidelines apply


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 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


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


Rock Bridge Preschool
102 Seville, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 443-5711

Hours: 6:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. (M-F)
Services: Day care and preschool curriculum for children 6 weeks to 12 years old
Fee: Accept DFS payments when parents pay the difference, 10% discount on additional
children
Eligibility: Children 6 weeks to 12 years old


Child Care Assistance

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
https://dss.mo.gov/fsd/child-care.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.


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