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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.


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!

REALL Facilitator's Training - February 26 & 27

We will be conducting another Reality Enrichment and Life Lessons (REALL) Facilitator's Training on February 26&27. For those of you not familiar with this program, it is designed to challenge youth to consider how the choices they make now may result in challenges in adulthood. It is a three hour experience designed for middle-school and high-school aged youth. You can help bring positive change to youth by attending this training! Special rates for Missouri Community Action Agencies are: $99 (first attendee); $25 (each additional attendee); $650 for zip drive. For more information please email reall@oacac-caa.org.

Republic Head Start Accepting Enrollments!

OACAC's new Republic Head Start Center, located at 933 N. Lindsay Avenue, is accepting enrollments now.  Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, January 12, 2015.  For more information, please call 417-732-1771.

Hulston Family Foundation Donates to Foster Grandparents Program!

OACAC would like to thank the Hulston Family Foundation for its generous gift to our Foster Grandparents Program.  The Hulston Family Foundation’s continued support of OACAC over the years is very much appreciated and has helped to better the lives of those we serve in Southwest Missouri. 

OACAC’s Foster Grandparents Program is a volunteer program for seniors, ages 55 and older, who offer one-on-one mentoring and support to at-risk children and youth, many of whom do not have the opportunity to share time with their own grandparents.  Playing, loving, laughing and listening are experiences shared between Foster Grandparents and children.  For more information about this very special program, visit our website at www.oac.ac or contact us at 417-862-4314.

Thank You David O'Reilly!



OACAC would like to thank David O’Reilly, Chairman of the Board at O’Reilly Auto Parts, for once again supporting our Head Start Holiday Smiles Campaign.  Mr. O’Reilly has been a supporter of OACAC Head Start for several years now and we very much appreciate his commitment to ensuring that our children receive the dental services they need to remain healthy and happy during their preschool years. 


Donations to the OACAC Head Start Holiday Smiles Campaign help our children receive much needed dental services.  These services include oral exams; x-rays; fluoride treatments; cleanings; cavity fillings; composites; extractions; stainless steel crowns; and the removal of tissue decay to save and restore baby teeth.  If you are interested in supporting this important work, please contact us at 417-862-4314.

Stone County Neighborhood Center Ribbon Cutting!

Representatives from the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce helped OACAC staff and County Board Members cut the ribbon and officially open our new Stone County Neighborhood Center Office on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  This new facility will serve individuals and families residing in Stone County through case management, emergency assistance, school readiness fairs, Life Skills Classes, community projects and much more!  Come visit our new facility located at 15060 Business 13 South, Suite 11, Branson West or contact us at 417-739-1130.



OACAC News/Events

Updated on November 7, 2014

Updates on proposed budget cuts to Community Action Programs