The start of the school year is just around the corner, and a number of local businesses and agencies are offering events and services to help families get ready.
Lend and Learn Opening Day - August 21, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
First Chance for Children is hosting the event at the Lend & Learn Toy Lending Library in Columbia as they will reopen for the school year, beginning on August 21 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Our space is designed for children 0-36 months and their siblings (up to age 5). Stop by to play with and borrow developmentally appropriate toys, have a snack (or coffee for parents) and chat with our trained parent educators and other parents!
Parents as Teachers
Fall Transformation Class
Adventure Club Afterschool Care
Schools Out Day Camp
As an extension of our After School care programs, the Boonslick Heartland YMCA offers Full Day care on scheduled school outings, such as holidays*. This does not include unscheduled outings, like snow days. Schools Out Day Camp is a separate program from our After School care, and requires separate registration.
The Moving Ahead Program
Grade A! After School Academic and Enrichment
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri - The Strengthening Families Through Asset Building project trains parents of at-risk children to be the primary caring role model in their child’s life while matching the children with a community-based Big Brother/Sister who will be a child’s secondary support.
Boonslick Heartland YMCA - Check out the 2017 Winter & Spring Program Guide, which offers many activities and resources for kids and parents.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbia provides programs which enable youth ages 6 to 18 to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Check out the high quality, comprehensive programs which address the wide range of risks faced and skills needed by youth.
Harrisburg Early Learning Center provides quality and affordable early childhood education for the children of northern Boone County, regardless of social or economic status, in an environment that is safe, as well as educationally and developmentally appropriate.
Nora Stewart Early Learning Center is a pre-school and day care in Columbia. It provides a strong academic foundation for children and a nurturing environment for families in need of affordable care. To contact them call (573) 449-5981 or email the director, Cheryl Howard.
University YMCA - YMCA volunteers develop skills by working with a variety of programs focusing on youth development, tutoring, and mentorship. Students are able to select opportunities based on their own interests and personal learning goals. Over the course of each semester, 15 MU volunteers (an average of four per day) provide additional support and educational intervention with children ages two through five at Nora Stewart Early Learning Center.
Columbia Public Schools has many other resource pages and a lot of information, from preschool to adult career education.
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