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Missouri Customer Service Partnership Connects Foster Teens with Jobs and Mentors

Missouri Customer Service Partnership Connects Foster Teens with Jobs and Mentors
“Even though they are not family, they are as close as a family as I could ask for,” said Darrin Plumlee, a recent graduate of the Missouri Customer Service Partnership (MCSP). MCSP began in the fall of 2014 as a pilot initiative in Springfield and St. Louis to connect teens and young adults who have aged out of the foster system with a 10-week course that provides them with 3 professional certificates and 4 hours…

New 2015 KIDS Count® Data Report Released

New 2015 KIDS Count® Data Report Released
About 1.7 million more children live in low-income working families today than during the Great Recession, according to the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie. E. Casey Foundation on July 21, 2015. In 2013, one in four children, 18.7 million, lived in a low-income working family in the United States. Nearly a third of children are living in families where no parent has full-time employment. And even when parents are working full…

Community Partnership Launches State’s First Online Mandated Reporter Training

Community Partnership Launches State’s First Online Mandated Reporter Training
Greene County continues to deal with a high rate of child abuse and neglect when compared to other counties across the state. In the latest report from Missouri Children’s Division, there were 4,605 calls to the child abuse and neglect hotline from Greene County alone (CD Annual Report FY2014). Recognizing that this is a red flag issue, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and our partners continue to work to lower these numbers. One of the…

Missouri Kids Count Launches New Website for State and Local Data

Missouri Kids Count Launches New Website for State and Local Data
  Anyone looking for data on the welfare of children in Missouri now has easier access to that information.  This month, Missouri Kids Count launched its new website which highlights indicators and county rankings, provides a searchable database of Missouri Kids Count data since 1993, and plays host to data reports and research papers. Missouri Kids Count is a partnership between the Family and Community Trust (FACT), the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the University of Missouri Office of Social and Economic…

Kindergarten Camp Registration Now Open

Kindergarten Camp Registration Now Open
According to the 2013 Community Focus Report, at least 1 in 5 children enter kindergarten in Springfield unprepared. Community Partnership of the Ozarks is focused on increasing school readiness among our children, and this year we are partnering with Springfield Public Schools to expand our Kindergarten Camp program to serve more children in their home schools and with their future teachers. In its 6th year, Kindergarten Camp is a one-week, hands-on pre-kindergarten program for four…

Community Partners Step Up to Continue Kindergarten Camp

Community Partners Step Up to Continue Kindergarten Camp
Springfield’s banking community along with several private donors stepped up to continue Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Kindergarten Camp when the program was in jeopardy due to a lack of funding.  Kindergarten Camp was previously funded through federal and community grants which expired this year. Community Partnership is pleased to announce that nearly $10,000 in contributions has been received to set the program back on track and serve more kids in the next year.  Partners…