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What is Head Start?
   
Head Start is an early childhood program operated by Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC). Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive early childhood and family development services to children from birth to five-years-old, pregnant women and families. Head Start provides a range of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; parental involvement and family support. Our program has a long tradition of delivering comprehensive and high quality services designed to foster healthy development for income eligible children and their families.

Education
Children are learning all the time-and they learn best by being active. The most important goals of our curriculum are for children to get along well with each other and become enthusiastic learners. We teach them how to learn, not just in preschool, but throughout their lives.

A child’s early years are very important to their development and learning. Head Start helps to prepare children for success in school and life. Our curriculum supports active learning, exploration through play and development of the whole child. Our teachers focus on four areas of development:
• Social & Emotional Development
• Physical Development
• Intellectual Development
• Language Development

For information about enrolling your child in Head Start, call 417-864-3430 or toll-free at 1-866-282-3430.


Federal Poverty Guidelines for Head Start

The first number lists the number of persons in the family/household, and the second number lists the income guidelines:

1 - $11,880.00
2 - $16,020.00
3 - $20,160.00
4 - $24,300.00
5 - $28,440.00
6 - $32,580.00
7 - $36,730.00
8 - $40,890.00


Link to Federal Poverty Charts

Resources For Head Start and Early Head Start

Center Locations:

 

AURORA HEAD START

5 West Delta Street
Aurora, MO 65605 (Click for MAP)
417- 678-5390 

BOLIVAR KARLIN LANE HEAD START
4765 South 131st Road
Bolivar, MO 65613 (Click for MAP)
417-777-4343
 

BOLIVAR MAIN STREET HEAD START
815 S Main Street
Bolivar, MO 65613 (Click for MAP)
417-777-8932
 

BRANSON HEAD START
829 South Falls Avenue Lot 1
Branson, MO 65616 (Click for MAP)
417-332-0003
 

BUFFALO HEAD START
221 S. Elder
Buffalo, MO 65622 (Click for MAP)
417-345-2240
 

CASSVILLE HEAD START

97 Smithson Drive
Cassville, MO 65625 (Click for MAP)
417-847-8011
 

FAIR GROVE HEAD START
103 N Main St
Fair Grove, MO 65648 (Click for MAP)
417-759-6124
 

GREENFIELD HEAD START
517 Park Street
Greenfield, MO 65661 (Click for MAP)
417-637-2090
 

HOLLISTER HEAD START
178 Jessica Street
Hollister, MO 65672 (Click for MAP)
417-334-7515
 

KISSEE MILLS HEAD START
415 Staake Spur
Kissee Mills, MO 65680 (Click for MAP)
417-546-4635
 

MARSHFIELD HEAD START
PO Box 436 (mailing)
1279 Spur Drive Suite 60
Marshfield, MO 65706 (Click for MAP)
417-859-6293
 

MONETT 1 HEAD START
307-15th Street
Monett, MO 65708 (Click for MAP)
417-235-3911
 

MONETT 2 HEAD START
309-15th Street
Monett, MO 65708 (Click for MAP)
417-235-8779
 

MT. VERNON HEAD START
122 Patterson
Mt Vernon, MO 65712 (Click for MAP)
417-466-7443
 

NIXA HEAD START
406 Patricia
Nixa, MO 65714 (Click for MAP)
417-724-2920
 

OZARK HEAD START
2060 West Airpark Rd
Ozark, MO 65721 (Click for MAP)
417-581-2393
 

REEDS SPRING HEAD START
PO Box 255 (mailing)
22597 Main Street
Reeds Spring, MO  65737 (Click for MAP)
417-272-1002
 

REPUBLIC HEAD START
933 N Lindsey
Republic, MO 65738 (Click for MAP)
417-732-1771
 

SPRINGFIELD CENTERS ­
DOUGLAS HEAD START Classes 1, 2, 3
1042 S Douglas
Springfield, MO 65807 (Click for MAP)
417-831-4540 / 831-4256
 

EHS HOME-BASED VISITORS
1459 E. Cherry
Springfield, MO  65802 (Click for MAP)
417-832-8769
 

GRANT TRAINING CENTER
Head Start Classes 1, 2
Early Head Start Classes 3, 4
1051 S Grant
Springfield, MO 65807 (Click for MAP)
417-865-5681/865-5674
 

STEWART HEAD START
Early Head Start Classes 1, 2, 3
Head Start Classes 4, 5, 6
552 N Stewart Ave
Springfield, MO 65802 (Click for MAP)
417-864-4997/ 864-4998
 

TAMPA HEAD START
Classes 1,2
637 W. Tampa
Springfield, MO 65802 (Click for MAP)
417-864-4176 / 864-4179
 

WEST CHESTNUT EXPRESSWAY HEAD START
Classes 1, 2, 3 
246 North Farm Road 115
Springfield, MO 65802 (Click for MAP)
417-864-6152 / 864-7642
 

OACAC EARLY HEAD START – BOLDED REPRESENTS PARTNER LISTINGS 

BRANSON EARLY HEAD START
Classes 1, 2
829 South Falls Avenue Lot 1
Branson, MO 65616 (Click for MAP)
417-332-0444
 

BUFFALO EARLY HEAD START
Classes 1, 2
P.O. Box 1453 (mailing)
1652 S. Ash St
Buffalo, MO 65622 (Click for MAP)
417-345-1522

CARLYE WITHNELL
Verona, MO
417-498-6941
 

LAWRENCE COUNTY HOME BASED
5 West Delta Street
Aurora, MO 65605
417-678-0399 or 417-678-1070
 

STONE/TANEY COUNTY HOME BASED
829 South Falls Avenue Lot 1
Branson, MO 65616
417-332-0003
 

STUDY NURSERY
2343 W. Olive
Springfield, MO 65802
417-523-6432
 

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