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Due to the spike in COVID cases and resulting staffing challenges, OACAC Head Start services will be temporarily suspended from January 18-28, 2022.  If you need assistance, please call 417-864-3430 and leave a message. We will respond to messages throughout the closure. ...

Most Head Start centers are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm today. Please visit the KY3 closings link for the most accurate information. www.ky3.com/weather/closings/ The following Neighborhood/Community Centers are closed today: Barry County Neighborhood Center, Lawrence County Neighborhood Center, Stone County Neighborhood Center, New to...

Head Start Centers will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 23 - Monday, Jan. 3. OACAC offices and Neighborhood/Community Centers, as well as our Family Planning clinic, will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24. ...

When Brian delivers mail to our Stewart Head Start Center, if the children are outside, they always greet him at the fence yelling hi and waving. It's a highlight in the day for everyone. Today, Brian and friends made a special visit to deliver smiles,...

This holiday season, you can give the lasting gift of a healthy, happy smile. In 2019, following a series of traumatic events, E and her mother fled their country and received a pardon to come to the U.S. for safety. Shortly after arriving, E was...

This holiday season, you can give the lasting gift of a healthy, happy smile. In 2019, following a series of traumatic events, E and her mother fled their country and received a pardon to come to the U.S. for safety. Shortly after arriving, E was...

We wish a very happy retirement to Joy Rothdiener! Joy served for 31 years with our Head Start Program, strengthening the lives of many children and families. She was the Lead Teacher for many years at our Bolivar Karlin Lane Center before stepping into a...

Happy first day of school to our Head Start kiddos, families, teachers, and staff! Making friends, having fun, and learning are all well under way. ...

Congratulations to Matthew Jones, selected as one of Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Men of the Year! A Family Advocate with Head Start, employee with MO Division of Youth Services, family man, coach, advocate, and more, Matthew is truly making a difference. Read the article here....

Head Start promotes the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children and we're enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year. For information on Head Start and Early Head Start center locations, eligibility, and more, visit https://oac.ac/head-start/ or give us a call. ...