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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



CMCA - Show Me Healthy Relationships - Cooper
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 



Central Missouri Community Action - Cooper County Head Start
385 Ashley Rd, Boonville, MO 65233
660-882-7510   Fax: 573-370-1081

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.



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.




Child Safe of Central Missouri
102 East 10th St., P.O. Box 2575, Sedalia, MO 65302-2575 
Crisis line: 660-829-3434    888-829-3636   Fax: 660-829-3636

Child Safe of Central Missouri, Inc. (Child Safe) is a child advocacy center located in Sedalia, MO. Child Safe is committed to serving children who are alleged victims of severe physical or sexual abuse and providing advocacy for their non-offending family members.

Counties Served: 
Benton, Cooper, Henry, Johnson, Moniteau, Morgan, Pettis, Saline



Cooper County Child Support Division
422 E. Spring St., Boonville, MO 65233
660-882-2700  Fax:  660-882-7599

Assistance with establishing child support.



Cooper County Children’s Division / Family Support Division
409 High Street, Boonville MO 65233
660-882-5311, 855-373-4636 Automated line: 800-392-1261   Fax: 660-882-8940
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

Services: Childcare subsidies for low income families.  Also provides in-home services for families in crisis, as well as providing care in alternative placements and conducting investigations on child abuse/neglect hotlines.
Eligibility: Family residing in Cooper County.
Fee: None



Cooper County Public Schools Review
https://www.publicschoolreview.com/missouri/cooper-county

A listing of all the public schools in Cooper County with maps 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 Child Care Resource and Referral Network
2503 W. Ash, Suite A, Columbia, MO 65203
573-445-5437, Toll-free: 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



Parents as Teachers  
901 6th St, Boonville, MO 65233-1605
660-672-7199
nvoss@boonville.k12.mo.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.



ParentLink
4800 Santana Circle, Columbia, MO 65211
800-552-8522   Fax: 573-884-0409
Hours: Monday- Friday, 8:00-5:00 closed from 12-1
parentlink.missouri.edu/

Services: Warmline answered 8:00am-5:00pm daily. Telephone assistance and guidance offered
on a variety of parenting topics, including discipline, toilet training, healthy meal planning,
raising step children, bedtime, communication, etc. Resource room is also available to anyone,
offering an array of brochures and fliers on a variety of topics. Lending library offers the
opportunity to check out any books/training guides for a period of one month. Call to schedule a
time to stop by, to ensure someone is available to offer assistance.
Eligibility: Open to anyone in Missouri



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.

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