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Parenting Resources and Support

Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City 
925 East Atchison Court Jefferson City, MO 65101       
573-634-2582 

Hours: Varies Call for schedule Services: To help youth of all backgrounds, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. To provide quality programs designed to enhance self- esteem and to promote the academic, physical, and social development of youth ages 6-18.



CMCA - Show Me Healthy Relationships - Cole
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 



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.



Cole County Public Schools Review
https://www.publicschoolreview.com/missouri/cole-county

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


Dental, Eye, and Shoe Program
573-893-2256

Referral by principal/school nurse. Includes eye exam, treatment for eye infections and injuries, eye glasses, and repairs for non-Medicaid covered, low income children.


Focus on Kids for Cole County
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.


InfantSee Program
Central Missouri Eye Care Associates
1705 Christy Dr. Suite 208, Jefferson city, MO
573-659-5560

Free one-time eye exam for children 6-12 months (no income guidelines).



Lions Club
573-751-4688

For help paying for glasses in Jefferson City, contact Cari Thompson. She will determine if family is eligible for help based on income, and will then refer family to Lions Club.



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



Macaroni Kid

This is website with a list of events and a calendar for events that are free or lost cost for families in Jefferson City, MO.



Missouri Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters Knowles 
YMCA Annex Building 424 Stadium Blvd Jefferson City, MO 65101                
573-634-3290 

Services: Mentoring organization that provides a one to one match with adult volunteers and children ages 6-14, primarily from single-parent homes. Offers community-based and school /site -based match opportunities.



Parent Link 
1-800-552-8522 En Espanol: 1-888-460-0008 

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am -5:00 pm. Call the Warm Line for: Access to resources and services for families in your area. Free information on ANY parenting question. Call about specific situations, developmental stages, or services you are looking for. A free loan library of parenting materials. Someone who will listen if you just need to talk. 



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

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.



SAFE KIDS Coalition
930 Wildwood Drive P.O. Box 570 Jefferson City,MO 65102                   
573-751-6340

Services: Education for Parents, Pedestrian Safety, and National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training. 



University of Missouri Extension 
2436 Tanner Bridge Road Jefferson City, MO 65101           
573-634-2824 

Services: Free or low cost information and programs on many topics. Parenting, health, nutrition, divorce, money matters, housing and more. 4-H youth development programs, and Job Skills. 



Y Care Before/After School Care (Jefferson City YMCA)
Knowles Center, 424 Stadium Blvd., Jefferson City MO
573-761-9015

www.jcymca.org

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).
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