Education information, workshops and support groups for Boone County parents.
- May-June 
Child Care Aware of Missouri  serves as a community resource on child care throughout the state. We help families find quality child care, preschool and after-school programs for their children. We work with child care program owners, directors and teachers to improve the quality of their programs. We provide business and civic leaders with information on the value and importance of child care and collaborate with them to make child care safe and enriching for children.
CMCA  empowers individuals and families to achieve self-reliance through programs designed to fight poverty, including Head Start, Employment & Training programs, Foster Grandparents, and Family Support Services.
Columbia/Boone County Health Department 
Col./Boone Co. Health Dept. site contains information on the Health Clinic and Nursing Services, including WIC, Health Administration, Animal Control, Environmental Health and Food and Water Safety.
Daniel Boone Regional Library 
This program calendar lists dates and times for story times, parenting workshops, and other library activities at the Columbia, Ashland, Fulton, and Outreach locations.
First Chance for Children 
A nonprofit organization that aims to build an unsurpassed early
learning system in Boone County that prepares children to succeed in school, and in life.
Family Facets  and the Children's Division (formerly known as DFS)
Provide two programs in Boone and Callaway counties that may be helpful to many families. These two programs are called Intensive In-home Services (IIS) and Family Reunification Services (FRS). IIS is a program that seeks to keep children safely in their homes with their primary caretaker(s) through helping families gain the skills, information and resources they may need to function successfully. Families may be referred to IIS whenever there is an imminent risk that one or more of the children might be placed outside the home for any reason. FRS is a program that helps families successfully reintegrate their children back into their homes after a period of out-of-home placement. Referrals to either of these two programs may be made at any time by calling 573-999-0167 or, as a backup, by using the referral pager at 1-800-206-5543. When calling the 800 number, a recorded message will ask you to "enter your numeric message." Enter the phone number where you can be reached. Then, hang up and a Family Facets staff member will call you back at that number within a few minutes to take your referral.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren  is an informal group for grandparents raising their grandchildren. A guest is invited to each meeting as a resource to answer questions. Guests have addressed grandparent-grandchild relations, maintaining health, handling stress, holiday activities with grandchildren, and legal issues.
My Life Clinic  offers professional, confidential pregnancy medical services at no cost. We are the only free provider for pregnancy testing and ultrasound in Central MO. Our services are offered without restrictions of age, marital status, race, religion, residency or income. Parenting and Moms Support Group classes are also offered. To learn more, call 573-874-3561 to schedule an initial visit with a client specialist. Walk-in appointments are also available.
Parents as Teachers 
Parents as Teachers is a Columbia Public Schools early childhood and parent support program. It is offered free to parents living in the district with children from birth to kindergarten entry. Program services include: personalized home visits, developmental/health screenings, group meetings as well as a resource center for parents to use.
Parenting Questions? By calling ParentLink's toll free warmline (1-800-552-8522) or visiting online, individuals will be provided with quality parenting information, materials and other resources to strengthen and support Missouri's families.
Rainbow House 
Our mission is to keep children safe and to support families in crisis through prevention, assessment, and intervention in child abuse and neglect cases.
Safe Kids Columbia  is dedicated to eliminating unintentional injury and death to children under the age of 15 in Audrain, Boone, Cooper, and Howard Counties. Safe Kids Columbia provides information on passenger safety, water safety, bike/pedestrian safety, firearm safety, home/fire safety, and playground/sports injury prevention. For more information on local events call 884-3660.
The Student Parent Center  is a state-licensed, full-service child care facility available to student parents who attend the University of Missouri. Flexible, full-day care is offered for children six weeks through five years old.
Voluntary Action Center 
Voluntary Action Center has several programs for families such as our Christmas program, we provide diapers, formula, hygiene kits, can help secure birth certificates for persons born in Missouri, youth enrichment fund of $50.00 per child per year for sport, scholastic, etc. type of activities for kids, and various other services. If you have any questions, please call at 874-2273.