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Local Resources

The following is a list of local resources TJ recommends that parents review for their children’s safety and health information.

Parents as Teachers

Parents As Teachers is a home-school-community partnership through Columbia Public Schools that supports parents in their role as their child's first and most influential teachers. The program provides information, support and encouragement to parents to help their children optimally develop during the crucial early years of life. Visit the Parents as Teachers website for more information about the program.

Cyber Crimes Task Force

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force provides resources about Internet safety and other links and information to help parents keep kids safe in the electronic age. Visit the Cyber Crimes Task Force website for additional child safety information.

Car Seat Safety Guidelines

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. The site Healthy Children site, presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics, provides car seat safety guidelines to parents and offers the type of seats you should be considering for your child based on their age. Visit the Healthy Children website for more information about car seat safety and links to other safety issues.

Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri is a national leader in confronting the challenges of autism and other developmental conditions through its collaborative research, training and service programs. Find out more about the Thompson Center and the care it offers patients.

Lend and Learn Library

The First Chance for Children program Lend and Learn Toy Libraries provides a safe location, where young children and their parents can play with toys that develop all domains of development including social-emotional, cognitive, motor and language development. Toys can be enjoyed at the library or borrowed at no cost. Learn more about the Lend and Learn Toy Libraries, along with other programs First Chance for Children directs.


ParentLink provides a Toll-Free phone number where parents call call to ask almost any question regarding children. Their mission is to effectively engage families in reducing adverse childhood experiences and to promote optimal development. Their phone number is 1-800-552-8522. En español: 1-888-460-0008. You can visit their website at

Ronald McDonald House

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri is to provide a home away from home that serves and sustains families of children being treated at area hospitals and health-related facilities.

Dental Health Providers for the Uninsured and Medicaid

Family Health Center
1101 N. Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65201

Mid- Missouri Dental Center
Accepts Missouri Care, for persons age 20 years and younger.
1500 Vandiver Dr # 104
Columbia, MO 65201

University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School
650 E 25th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

State and National Resources

The following is a list of state and national resources TJ recommends that parents review for their children’s safety and health information.

CDC Act Early Campaign

The Act Early campaign aims to educate parents about childhood development, including early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, and encourages developmental screening and intervention.

ChildCare Aware

ChildCare Aware provides parents with information about the types of child care and how to evaluate them during you visit. The site also has a helpful tools section with links to national organizations related to children and families, a child care budgeting calculator and other resources for parents. Visit Child Care Aware for these tips, tools and other valuable information about child care.

MO HealthNet

The purpose of MO HealthNet is to purchase and monitor health care services for low income and vulnerable citizens of Missouri. The Missouri Department of Social Services site has alerts, notifications and other information about various programs offered to Missourians. Visit MO HealthNet to learn more.

Poison Help

When accidents happen with chemicals, medicine, or household items, parents can get help right away from a local poison expert. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site, Poison Help, recommends you program its hotline number into your phone. The number for Poison Help is 1-800-222-1222. Visit Poison Help for other tips about what to do if someone has been poisoned.


ChooseMyPlate is a United States Department of Agriculture program that provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. Visit the ChooseMyPlate website for nutrition tips, videos about nutrition, healthy eating on a budget, and other valuable resources.

Missouri First Steps

Missouri First Steps is Missouri's Early Intervention system that provides services to families with children, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or developmental delays. The program is designed to meet the needs of families related to enhancing their child's development, learning, and participation in family and community life.

Smoking Cessation Help

Want to quit smoking but don't know how? and the teen version provide resources to help you quit. You can also call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for more resources.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services which provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. Learn more about income guidelines and locations on the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) website.

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