The Early Childhood program believes all children deserve a high quality early childhood education, and that starts by preparing and supporting the individuals who care for them every day—the child care providers.

What We Do

  • Resources, technical assistance, and training opportunities for child care providers in Crawford, Dent, Maries, Phelps, and Pulaski counties.
  • Onsite visits with qualifying programs
  • Monthly support group meetings
  • Group training opportunities
    • Meet the state requirements for clock hours in licensed programs
    • Integrating the latest research and best practices
    • Offer required trainings for child care providers who receive child care subsidy

How We Do It

Educare: An initiative funded by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, and the Early Childhood Prevention Services Section. Services are provided to qualifying child care programs, with an emphasis on family home providers.

Quality Enhancement: A privately funded initiative of The Community Partnership that focuses on enhancing the quality of participating programs.

At-risk children who don’t receive a high-quality early childhood education are:

  • 25% more likely to drop out of school
  • 40% more likely to become a teen parent
  • 50% more likely to be placed in special education
  • 60% more likely to never attend college
  • 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Nelson Mandela

Resource Links


Kathy Taber

Early Childhood Director

(573) 368 – 2849

Katelyn Tung

Educare Coordinator

(573) 368 – 2849

Karen Daily

Early Childhood Specialist

(573) 368 – 2849

Jamie Lewis

Early Childhood Specialist

(573) 368 – 2849

Visit Us:
Main Office: 1101 Hauck Drive

Contact Us:
Main Office: 573-368-2849