Early Care & Education Collaborative


Originally a sub-committee of the Education Committee of the Community Task Force, the Early Care and Education Collaborative has evolved.  In 1999, the Early Childhood Sub-Committee merged with the Greene County Childcare Coalition. The name was changed to Early Care and Education Collaborative and the commitment to serving our community’s children was fine tuned with a shared mission.

Our Mission Statement: The Early Care and Education Collaborative is committed to improving the quality, affordability, and availability of early care and education.”  The Collaborative unites child advocates including childcare providers, early childhood educators, employers, community organizations/agencies, families, policy makers, funders, and others.  These advocates identify priorities and develop strategies that address early care and education needs in our community.

This energetic group is comprised of community agencies concerned about the welfare of children birth – school age.

  • The Springfield-Greene County Health Department
  • The Springfield-Greene County Library
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Child Care Aware® of Southern Missouri
  • Ozarks Technical Community College
  • Missouri State University
  • OACAC Head Start
  • Educare
  • Community Partnership
  • Burrell Behavioral Health
  • Ozarks Public Television
  • Springfield Mayor’s Commission for Children
  • and more

Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm at Community Partnership.  Anyone with an interest in participating is encouraged to attend.  For more information, please contact us at (417) 888-2020.