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Parenting Resources and Support

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

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

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

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

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

Dental, Eye, and Shoe Program

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

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

Lions Club

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.

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                

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  
Contact Person: Katie Epema 
Other Cole County contacts:
Cole R1 Russellville Contact Person: Heidi Nichols 
573-782-3298 ext. 1950
Cole R5 Eugene Contact number:  
Cole R2 Blair Oaks Contact Person: Shauna Kerperin 

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.

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

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

The Special Learning Center
1115 Fairgrounds Rd., Jefferson City, MO 65109
573-634-3070   FAX 573-636-3247
The Special Learning Center provides comprehensive, early intervention services for children with developmental delays and disabilities. Children served in the Special Learning Center program have delays ranging from mild to severe. Children without delays also attend the Special Learning Center and serve as friends and role models to their peers. In this program, our classrooms offer a warm, caring environment where individualized and appropriate learning activities for each child are offered. Students are grouped by developmental and age levels into early childhood classes. Sign language classes, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy are offered on site and in the outlying school district. We also have a childcare center called Crayon Kids.  Student/teacher ratios are kept to a minimum to maximize each student’s progress and help prepare students for entry into public school or their next educational placement.

University of Missouri Extension 
2436 Tanner Bridge Road Jefferson City, MO 65101           

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

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).