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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 Grandparent, 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.



Allene Patterson-OACAC's Honored Area Board Member for April 2016!


Allene said, at yesterday's Board of Directors' Meeting, that over the last 40+ years, she has likely traveled more than 30,000 miles to and from board meetings and events. Wow! We thank her for her service and recognize her as our honored board member for April.

Give Ozarks Day is May 3rd!

OACAC is participating in Give Ozarks Day this upcoming May 3rd.  Plase click on the link below!




Community Day

Please take a  look at the Community Day planned for Webster County.  Fun and valuable information for all!

Click Here!

April 11, 2016

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Appropriations News:  A story on the 2017 Spending Bills below.






OACAC Head Start-Spring Recruitment Underway

OACAC Head Start is now accepting applications for its Head Start program for enrollment beginning in August. Head Start is a high quality preschool/childcare program for young children. For your child, Head Start provides medical and dental care, meals, bus transportation (half-day centers only) and a great learning experience! Transportation assistance is available for families to attend Head Start Activities. Head Start invites children with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the program. Full day, extended day or half-day sessions are available. Families who meet income guidelines and whose children are 3 or 4 before August 1, 2016 are eligible to apply. Homeless children along with children in foster care automatically qualify.

OACAC Head Start is located in the ten-county area including Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster Counties. Early Head Start is available in some areas.

For more information on Head Start or the application process, please call toll free 1-866-282-3430.

Zana Schafer Celebrates 10 Years with OACAC!

Congratulations to Zana Schafer on receiving her 10 year service award. Zana supervises the Stone County Neighborhood Center and adds a sweet southern charm to OACAC. She is pictured her with OACAC Executive Director, Carl Rosenkranz.

March is Read Aloud Month

A parent who reads aloud to a child for at least 15 minutes a day from birth through 3rd grade builds a child's brain and lifelong learning capacity!


OACAC News/Events

Updated on April 29, 2016

Updates on the Federal Budget & Community Action Programs