Child Care Aware® of Southern Missouri / Early Childhood One Stop

Child Care Aware® of Southern Missouri/Early Childhood One Stop is an operating agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and and has been in operation since 1992.

Contact Us

Phone: 417-887-3545
Fax: 417-823-9459

Hours of operation

M-F, 8:00am – 4:30pm

A Message From the Director

Hi I’m Nicole, Director of Child Care Aware® of Southern Missouri/Early Childhood One Stop. Welcome! Please look around our site and get to know a little more about what we do to serve families, child care professionals, caregivers and the community. Let us know if we can be of service or if you have any questions. We look forward to serving you!

A Father's Need

It had been a long struggle since the divorce. For 2 very long years, David has tried to gain custody of his daughter. Abigail. That’s her name, the apple of his eye, the reason he makes the long commute back and forth from north Missouri to Springfield. It has been a bigger financial strain than he had imagined. He must move to Springfield. It is inevitable. That’s ok, work hasn’t been steady up North. At least he will be closer to his daughter and have a better chance of regaining custody.

David rented a small trailer and packed up everything he owned; a dining room table he found at a flea market, a coach he was given from a family member, his tools for work and one of the most important things, a brand new big girl bed for his daughter. He saved every penny for that new bed, but Abigail was his baby and he couldn’t wait until she could sleep in it.

The new apartment wasn’t anything fancy, but it was warm and clean. David felt it was a safe place to raise his daughter. Her new bed fit perfectly in the one bedroom apartment. The pink ruffles on the pillowcases from the thrift store and matching comforter made it fit for a princess. Fit for his Abigail.

Three days into his new life, David came home to the broken glass of his front window. As he stepped into the apartment he realized that he was not the only one making themselves at home that day. He goes room to room to see what was taken. His tools…all his tools, gone, which meant that he was not able to start the new construction job he had lined out for Monday. David felt his hope slip away.

When David walked into our office he didn’t know how he would get work, or fight for his daughter or find reliable daycare when he wins custody of his daughter….because that is something he believed wholeheartedly would happen.

We listened to his story. We gave him reliable resources and we can’t wait to hear the outcome of his story.  Life may have knocked him down, but you can’t keep men like David down for long.

We may never know his outcome. That is the reality of referral services. But I can say he left Child Care Aware with hope in his eyes and a new determination in his step.

– Child Care Aware Employee

Our Mission

Providing Information and Education which Supports the Development of Young Children.



Kindergarten Readiness and School Success through Family Supports and Provider Education

Services Provided Include

Assisting child care professional through group training, technical assistance and other professional development resources

Offering a clearinghouse of information for families and caregivers of young children. Services include a community referral service based on needs, as well as, education and ongoing support for families and children.

Facilitating community partnerships by community involvement around early childhood issues and collaboration on community events such as the Called to Care for Kids Conference

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Primary funding provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, Early Childhood and Prevention Services Section