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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



Big Brothers/Big Sisters 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
https://bigsofcentralmo.wordpress.com/

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


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.



Boone County University of Missouri Extension (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



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
valorie@bgc-columbia.org

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 Street Columbia, MO 65201
(573)449-2561   Fax: (573) 874-6846
Hours: 8-5 pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 8-6 pm (Tuesday and Thursday); 9-1 pm
(Saturday) from September-May; 9-1 pm on 2nd & 4th Saturday from June-August
www.bsa-grc.org/

Services: Youth agency; character development for children ages 7 to 20; citizenship training;
ethical values; personal fitness training; camping; mental fitness; career education; life skills
Eligibility: Boys 7-20 years, Girls 14-20 years
Fees: Registration fee $10 annually, activity and camping fees are extra, reduced fees available



CMCA - Show Me Healthy Relationships
807B N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203
855-422-4510
Nolanda-Dodd@showmeaction.org
showmeaction.org

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 Fire USA Missouri Trails Council
PO Box 573, Columbia, MO 65205
(573)445-7536
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
ages
Fees: Annual single membership $15.00(renewal $ 10.00), family plans $45.00(renewal $30.00)



Career Awareness Related Experience (CARE Program)
110 Orr St, Suite 106
Phone: (573)874-6300  Admin: (573)874-6377  
Fax: (573)499-1812
Hours: 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday
https://www.como.gov/ParksandRec/Activities_and_Programs/care.php

Services: Youth employment services; basic skills training; educational opportunities; arts 
program.
Eligibility: Youth 14-20 who are residents of Columbia
Fees: None



Centro Latino de Salud
609 N Garth Ave, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 449-9442  

English/Spanish classes, Computer skills, Health Education. The mission of Centro Latino is to empower Latinos, Latino families and the general public through provision of services and guidance in navigating the health, education and cultural resources of mid-Missouri. Centro Latino provides assistance to immigrants as they become acclimated to their new environment with its different laws, customs, and language. Families and individuals that contact the Centro receive orientation to the community as well as physical, mental, and social support. The Centro strives to empower Latinos to live in an environment of mutual respect that encompasses personal interaction in the community as well as appropriate treatment by, and interaction with, service providers. Centro Latino helps all Latino families regardless of national origin, religion, or immigration status.



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 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
https://columbiaartleague.org/

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 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



Columbia Safe Kids Coalition
1 Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65212
(573)884-3660   Fax: (573)884-7109
Hours: 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday 
www.usa.safekids.org

Services: Child Passenger Safety: provides care and booster seats with instruction from certified Child Passenger Safety Technician; Helmet and Wheeled Sports Safety: provides helmets for kids 15 and younger with fitting and safety education; Pool, Spa, and Open Water Safety: water safety clinics for children 1-5 years and 6-10 years; pedestrian Safety: programs and events organized annually; Home Safety: poison prevention, falls prevention, toy safety, fire and burn prevention education; safety tips and fact sheets available on website.
Fee: Donations requested: helmets ($7), car and booster seats (varies depending on type of seat)
Eligibility: Preventable injury programs for children 15 years or younger



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.



F.A.C.E. - Family Access Center of Excellence
105 E. Ash St. #100, Columbia, MO 65203
573-777-3223
https://faceofboonecounty.org/

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.).



First Chance for Children (CRIBS & Lend and Learn Toy Loan Program, Diapers, etc.)
Admin Office and Lend and Learn #1
1010 Fay Street, Columbia, MO 65201
Lend and Learn #2
207 Park Avenue, Columbia, MO 6520
Phone: (573)777-1815
Hours: Admin and CRIBS: 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday; Lend and Learn 9:00-12:30 Tuesday-
Thursday
www.firstchanceforchildren.org/

Services: CRIBS: free cribs, parent education, diapers, referrals to community resources; Lend and Learn: toy loan program, play groups, parent education, diapers, community resources.
Fee: None
Eligibility: CRIBS is open to low-income families, Lend and Learn is open to anyone



Focus on Kids
MU Dept. of Human Development & Family Studies
573-882-1302


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
friendsofrockbridgemsp.org/

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
318 Park Avenue, Columbia, MO 65201
Summer Academy – (June-August) West Blvd. Elementary
Saturday Academy – (September-May) Progressive Baptist Church
(573)256-1436  Fax: (573)256-8641
Hours: Summer Acad. 8:00-4:00; Saturday Acad. Noon-4:00; Office 8:30-4:30 Tuesday-Saturday
www.funcityyouthacademy.org/

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




Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
230 Metro Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65109
M - F, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
877-312-4764

Our program centers on something called the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a collection of activities and experiences you’ll have as you earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors, do Take Action projects that make a difference, and more.




For His Glory (summer enrichment program and after school program)
Operates at Second Baptist Church, 407 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65205
(573)268-4372
Hours: After school 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Tues., Fall & Spring); Summer Enrichment Program in July

Services: Academic Support and enrichment for school aged children
Fee: None
Eligibility: None



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




Mid-Missouri Dental
409 Vandiver Drive, Bldg. 3, Ste. 102, Columbia, MO 65202
(573)814-1694   Fax: (573)814-2845
Hours: 9:00-5:00 Monday-Thursday, 8:00-2:00 Friday
www.midmissouridentalcenter.com/

Services: Dental services
Fee: Varies with insurance plans
Eligibility: Accept MC+ with dental coverage



Moving Ahead After-School and Summer Program
Blind Boone Center, 301 N. Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 443-2556 TTY (573) 874-5161

http://www.columbiaha.com/services/moving-ahead-afterschool-program

The Moving Ahead Program is a high-quality, state-licensed, after-school and summer program in the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center that provides an effective mix of one-on-one tutoring and fun cultural and physical activities for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
The program operates Monday – Friday from 3:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. when Columbia Public Schools are in session. A part-day program is offered during the summer school session and a full-day summer program is offered in July and early August. Some transportation is available.



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.)

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 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
611 Towne Dr. Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 474-6600   Fax: (573) 474-5992
Hours: Office: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (M-F); Facility: 24 hours daily
https://rainbowhousecolumbia.org/

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



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
available
Eligibility: Contact agency for details



Voluntary Action Center (Diapers, Car Repair, School Supplies, Computers, Youth Enrichment Scholarships)
403A Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 874-2273   Fax: (573) 874-9172

Hours: Phone: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (M - F) ; Office: 9:00 am -noon and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (M - F)
Services: 
  • Family Assistance and Emergency Services: medication, gasoline, work clothing,CATS tickets, IDs and birth certificates, Youth Enrichment Fund scholarships, food, hygiene items, diapers, car repair, etc; 
  • Seasonal programs: Christmas adopt-a-family, Lunch in the park, Summer fans, Homes for Computers, Warm-Up Columbia, school supplies, Christmas in July; community information and referral; Volunteer information, promotion, recruitment, training, fairs and recognition; 
  • Community Services Directory: Helping Hand Catalog of volunteer opportunities
Fee: Services and Helping Hand Catalog free of charge, fee for Community Services Directory
Eligibility: No restriction for volunteer program, Family Assistance and Emergency Services determined on an individual case basis.

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