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Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) is a not-for-profit agency working toward alleviating the causes and conditions of poverty in the Ozarks. OACAC serves Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster Counties. 

OACAC offers seven programs: Family Planning, Foster Grandparents, Head Start, Housing, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), Neighborhood Centers and Weatherization.
As part of a nationwide network of Community Action Agencies, OACAC continues to fight poverty with new and innovative programs and expanded services for children through Head Start and Early Head Start.
From developing programs for families to initiating community projects, OACAC is committed to making the Ozarks a better place to live and work for all residents.


May 30, 2014

You may have noticed that OACAC recently updated our logo to introduce our new web address (OAC.AC).  We like our new color scheme and have incorporated part of our mission into the tag line.  We are also positioning OACAC to be a high-functioning mobile web experience. Please bookmark us at OAC.AC.


Foster Grandparent Programs Celebrates 50 Years!

Missouri State Representative Lyndall Fraker presented a State Resolution to OACAC's Foster Grandparents in celebrating the Foster Grandparents Program's 50th Anniversary.  Foster Grandparents provide one-on-one mentoring, nurturing, and support to children with special or exceptional needs, or who are at academic, social, or financial disadvantage.  THANK YOU TO ALL OUR FOSTER GRANDPARENTS!!!

15 Read Aloud Tips for Babies and Toddlers

Research shows that reading aloud with children is the single most important thing you can do to prepare a child for reading and learning.  OACAC is a partner with the Read Aloud Campaign that promotes parents reading aloud to their children.  Please click here to learn 15 important tips when reading to your child.



OACAC's Stone County Neighborhood Center opens in Crane, Missouri!

OACAC's Stone County Neighborhood Center will now be open in Crane, Missouri at the Crane Christian Parsonage on the first Thursday of every month from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm, beginning March 5, 2015.  Please call 417-739-1130 to make an appointment to meet with a Family Resource Specialist who will discuss your personal situation and refer you to an OACAC Program and/or other community programs that may be able to help you.  Also, calling prior to your appointment will help ensure you bring all the documentation required, such as social security cards for all household members, photo ID for all adults, proof of income, etc.  We look forward to seeing you at our new location in Crane!

OACAC Webster County Scavenger Hunt 2015

Webster County Scavenger Hunt

For information contact Chuck Replogle at 417-880-6773 or by email at chuck@rbattorneys.net.

Proceeds to benefit the OACAC Webster County Neighborhood Center Emergency Fund which helps families in crisis situations. The Scavenger Hunt is sponsored by the OACAC Webster County Neighborhood Center Board of Directors. Click here to complete the online form or download and mail us a registration form.

2015 OACAC Head Start Compensation Study: Frequently Asked Questions

Attached is a document containing frequently asked questions regarding the 2015 OACAC Head Start Compensation Study and some additional resources.

OACAC Stone County Supports the Loaves and Fishes Program!

Our Stone County Neighborhood Center Advisory Board and staff helped serve a free meal to those in need through the Loaves and Fishes Program on January 27, 2015. We are so proud of their support and involvement in this very worthwhile event!

2015 OACAC Head Start Compensation Study: Request for Proposals (RFP)


OACAC Head Start serves more than 1,200 pregnant women, infants, toddlers and preschoolers in 37 locations across 10 counties in southwest Missouri. The OACAC Head Start service area is a mix of rural, urban, and suburban areas. Program options include center-based services, home-based services, and family child care services. The majority of OACAC Head Start’s funding is federal, though it also generates some reimbursement from state child care assistance (subsidy) for full-day child care services. Over the past decade, OACAC’s compensation system had experienced significant compression, which is the result of a complex series of factors including inadequate federal funding, annual increases to Missouri’s state minimum wage, increased federal and state regulation, and over-reliance on COLA to fund salary increases.

OACAC Head Start seeks qualifications and proposals from specialty firms/consultants experienced in the design and analysis of a position classification and compensation systems for public and/or non-profit entities.

The model compensation system/strategy should address all compensation factors insuring OACAC’s ability to attract, retain, and motivate its employees, while meeting the agency’s responsibility to be accountable for and efficient in its expenditures of public funds. Some compensation factors that must be considered include internal equity balanced with external competitiveness, affordability, efficiency in administration, flexibility and how well the compensation policy meets the organization’s unique needs.

The end product of the study will include recommendations for the following: an update of its 2013 Wage Comparability Study, with comparable entities including comparable data on benefit options, a recommended compensation plan and classification schedule, along with implementation guidelines, budget impacts, and recommendations for sustainability. 

OACAC Head Start currently employs about 350 full--and part-time--staff under approximately sixty-four (64) job titles. Annual cost of living increases are tied to the operations budget and, if appropriated, are awarded on or about September 1. Further, Missouri Minimum Wage Law mandates annual increases which are dictated by increases in the CPI.

Click the attachment link below to download the file RFP.zip, which contains the following files:

  1. 2015 Compensation Plan RFP
  2. Scope of Work Template
  3. Vendor Budget Form
  4. Litigation & Contract Compliance
  6. RFP Checklist

All questions and requests for additional information regarding this RFP must be received by OACAC Head Start via email to Kimberly Shinn-Brown at kshinnbrown@oacac-caa.org before 11:00 a.m. CST on January 28, 2015.

Nixa Community Foundation Donation!

We would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to the Nixa Community Foundation for donating $750 to our Christian County Neighborhood Center.  These funds will be used for our Back-To-School-Fair, which purchases school supplies for children in Christian County!


OACAC News/Events

Updated on November 7, 2014

Updates on proposed budget cuts to Community Action Programs