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1545 N. West Bypass 65803, 832.9500
Provides relief to victims of disaster, military emergency communication, and health and safety courses in first aid, CPR, AIDS education and water safety.
Arc of the Ozarks
1501 E. Pythian, 864.7887
Provides an array of programs and services to persons with disabilities, designed to meet residential, employment, respite, advocacy, recreational, social, and educational needs.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ozarks
3372 W. Battlefield, 889.9136
Matches dependable, caring adult volunteers with at-risk children for role-modeling, friendship and tutoring.
Boy Scouts of America, Ozarks Trails Council #306
1616 S. Eastgate, 883.1636
Provides value based outdoor educational character building activities that help to develop self-esteem physical and mental fitness while teaching leadership and social skills.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield
Administration Center, 1410 N. Fremont Avenue, 862.9249
Henderson Unit, 835 W. Calhoun, 869.4111
Stalnaker Unit, 1410 N. Fremont Avenue, 865.2821
Musgrave Unit, 720 S. Park, 869.8211
Provides programs that guide and direct youth from all backgrounds, with a special concern for those from at risk circumstances, through social, physical and educational development activities, that will teach them the values of life, strengthen their self-esteem and make them better citizens of our community.
Boys & Girls Town of Missouri
1212 W. Lombard, 865.1646
The Ozarks Family Resource Center is a program that provides twenty-four hour, seven days a week emergency shelter and assessment for children who have been removed from crisis situations.
Child Advocacy Center
1033 E. Walnut, 831.2327
Provides a child-friendly environment which offers objective forensic interviews and sensitive medical exams for alleged victims of child abuse.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
1111 S. Glenstone Ave., Suite 2-100, 864.6202
Volunteers work to see that children in foster care receive a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible instead of lingering in the system.
Developmental Center of the Ozarks (DCO)
1545 E. Pythian, 831.1545
DCO provides a wide range of educational and therapeutic services to infants, children, and adults with developmental disabilities.
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
210 S. Ingram Mill Road, 862.0004
By providing the best leadership development experience, we help girls’ ages 5-17 develop the courage, confidence and character needed to thrive in today’s ever-changing world.
Habitat for Humanity
2410 S. Scenic – 65807, 829.4001
Uses volunteers to build decent, affordable homes, partnering with low-income families. Habitat ReStore sells donated new and used discount building materials.
519 E. Cherry, 837.7700, Hotline 864.safe
Offers temporary shelter and services for victims of domestic violence. Referral services, crisis intervention counseling, support groups, children’s programs, victim advocacy, and community education are also provided.
The Kitchen Medical and Dental Clinic
1630 N. Jefferson, 837.1504
The Kitchen Clinic provides free medical and dental care for people with low income, no health insurance and no other resources to help with their medical needs.
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services
2130 N. Glenstone 65803, 862.1972
Provides services to birth parents experiencing unplanned pregnancies or having difficulty parenting. Offers licensed foster care for infants and children awaiting adoptive placement and provides comprehensive adoption services.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of SW MO
1701 S. Campbell, 864.7119, Warm Line: 864.3027 or 877.535.4357
Is committed to improving the lives of people affected by mental illness by providing support, education, advocacy and referrals to consumers and family members at no charge.
Ozarks Counseling Center
1550-A E. Battlefield – 65804, 869.9011 Bolivar 777-4057
Provides individual, couples, and family counseling for adults, teens and children. Fees are based on a sliding scale. Information and referral on substance abuse is also available.
Ozarks Literacy Council
300 S. Jefferson, Suite 302, 886.5499
Provides individual tutoring for adult English speaking low-level or non-readers and English for speakers of other languages. Reading advocacy and child and family literacy programs reach special-needs, at-risk, pre-school, and school age children. All services are free and confidential.
Ozarks Regional YMCA
Ward Branch, 417 S. Jefferson, 862.7456
Jones Branch, 1901 E. Republic Rd. 881.1599
Provides before – and after-school child care programs for children; scholarships for low-income families and individuals of all ages; and comprehensive health, fitness, aquatics, youth sports, camping, and educational programs for all.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
627 N. Glenstone, 862.3595
Gives senior adults, ages 55+, opportunities to use their skills and resources in volunteer services meeting critical community needs for the nonprofit and public agencies of the community.
The Salvation Army
1707 W. Chestnut Expressway, 862.5509
Works with individuals and families in need of emergency assistance such as shelter, housing, utilities, rent, food, clothing, and furniture. Provides an after-school recreational program, summer day camp program, senior programs, and disaster relief assistance.
Kids First Fund
1359 E St Louis St, 523-1630
Provides for at-risk students in Springfield Public Schools with medical, dental, vision and other health needs.
United Services Organization (USO)
Provides services to military families
The Victim Center
819 Boonville – 65802, 863.7273, HOTLINE, 864.SAFE
Provides 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, and advocacy for victims of violent and sexual crimes including sexual abuse, domestic violence, armed robbery, work place violence, aggravated assault and surviving family members of homicide and D.W.I. victims. Prevention programs are available for schools and the community. The Victim Center serves children and adults.
- Born Learning (United Way/Civitas Initiative) – www.bornlearning.org
United Way of America and United Way Success By 6 are partnering with the Ad Council, Civitas and Families and Work Institute to create Born Learning, an innovative public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children. Visit this site for ages and stages developmental information and sign up for a free email newsletter.
- Child Care Aware® of Missouri – Southern Region – www.ccozarks.org
Child Care Aware® of Missouri assists families in finding child care and accessible child care for children with special needs. Support is offered to child care providers through newsletters, training calendars, technical assistance and training opportunities. Child care data is available for the community.
- Devereux Early Childhood Initiative – www.devereuxearlychildhood.org
Explore this site for information about the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA), a social emotional assessment tool. Available trainings, research and bulletins, and products designed to support social emotional growth are highlighted.
- Mayor’s Commission – http://www.springfieldmo.gov/boards/detail.jsp?id=44
The Mayor’s Commission for Children, a 27-member volunteer advisory board, was formed by city ordinance in November 2004 with the purpose of bringing education and awareness to the community about issues affecting young children ages 0-8 years. A major focus for the Commission has been school readiness for kindergartners.
- Missouri Accreditation – www.moaccreditation.org
Missouri Accreditation provides quality standards for child care programs serving children from birth through school age. To receive Missouri Accreditation, a program has to exceed state licensing requirements. The focus is on qualitative aspects of the physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth opportunities afforded to children.
- Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Early Childhood – http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/fedprog/earlychild/
The Conference on the Young Years, Missouri Preschool Project, Parents as Teachers, Missouri Preschool Project and the Preschool Learning Standards information is highlighted on this site.
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services – www.dhss.mo.gov
Click on “Protecting the Public” to find “Show Me Child Care,” a listing of licensed child care providers. Child care licensing regulations can be found on this website as can the Family Care Safety Registry. Recalls, health alerts, links to health related projects and information and more is found on this website.
- Missouri Department of Social Services – www.dss.mo.gov
Information about child care subsidies rates and eligibility, Start Up and Expansion grants, Stay at Home Parents grants, foster and adoption services and reporting child abuse can be found on this site.
- Missouri Department of Social Services – Recognized Accrediting Organizations: www.dss.mo.gov/cd/early/accorg.htm
- Missouri State University Early Childhood – education.missouristate.edu/
Read about the programs and degrees (including CDA) awarded by Missouri State University. This site also includes information about scholarships, hours, contacts and the Child Development Center.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children – www.naeyc.org
NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 100,000 members local and internationally. Membership is open to all individuals who share a desire to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children. Visit the website for resources and to sign up for free federal legislative email updates.
- Ozark Technical Community College – www.otc.edu
OTC offers an AA degree in Early Childhood Development and CDA classes. Their new child (2007) development center is open to tours and houses a large meeting room available to the public.
- Parent Information and Resource Center – www.missouri-pirc.org
Missouri PIRC-Southwest provides parents, community organizations, early childhood caregivers, and schools with training and information on No Child Left Behind, parent involvement, school readiness and social/emotional development.
- Parents as Teachers – www.parentsasteachers.org
This is the national Parents as Teachers website, which offers information such as parenting tips and resources as well as contact information for a PAT in your area.
- Red Wagon Kids – www.redwagonkids.net
Red Wagon Kids is a community-driven planning process consisting of six work groups representing business, faith, health, education, policy and service agencies. Red Wagon Kids will address ways to ensure our community provides our youngest children (approx 0-8 years) with the best opportunity to succeed in school and life.
- Safe Kids Springfield – http://www.nscozarks.org/safekidsspringfield/
Safe Kids Springfield is one of more than 300 grassroots coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico that bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. Safe Kids Springfield is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury.
- KCI – The Anti-Meth Site – www.kci.org
- U.S. Department of Justice – www.justice.gov/archive/olp/methawareness
Gangs and Youth Violence
- Task Force on Gangs and Youth Violence site –www.commpartnership.org/gangs
- Steve Nawojczyk’s site – www.gangwar.com
- Into the Abyss (Online book) – www.faculty.missouristate.edu/M/MichaelCarlie
Drugs in General