Early Connections– Find Child Care, Track Your Child’s Development and More

Category: ParentingYouth

Early Connections makes navigating Missouri’s Early Care & Education (ECE) system easier for families and professionals. This website is a partnership between Missouri’s child-serving agencies who are working together to make it easier for families to access programs and resources for children from birth through age five. These agencies are also aligning policies and coordinating practices to make it easier for professionals to find information and training opportunities aimed at engaging families in their child’s safety, health and learning.

What is an Early Care & Education System?

Missouri’s ECE system is comprised of multiple programs that work with families and professionals to improve early childhood experiences for all Missouri children. These programs include home visiting, child care and preschool. Through collaborative efforts with state agencies, providers and communities, Missouri is working to ensure that families and other caregivers have the knowledge, resources, skills and tools available to help children grow to be safe, healthy and successful learners.

On December 23, 2019, Governor Parson announced that the State of Missouri received a $33.5 million grant aimed at coordinating a more effective, high-quality early learning system that better prepares Missouri children for success. “This is great news for our state that will allow our agencies and programs to come together and focus on the same goals to better serve communities across Missouri,” Governor Parson said.

The Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B-5) provides funding over three years to implement an interagency effort to provide regional access to coordinated early childhood services to better meet family’s needs, enhance and streamline training opportunities for ECE professionals, and improve systems to better inform decision-making about early learning.

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Nightlight Christian Adoptions

About Us:
Nightlight Christian Adoptions is a non-profit organization that assists expectant mothers who have questions about their options. Our no-pressure approach is designed to educate and inform so she makes an informed decision based on what is truly best for her situation. Our pregnancy counselors meet with expectant mothers in their community.
We provide options & pregnancy counseling for expectant mothers, as well as case management throughout the pregnancy. We help clients connect with community resources via referrals. Some financial assistance may be available.
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Administration Office:
10306 Business 21
Hillsboro, MO 63050

Services provided by staff who drive to their clients.


Office Hours: M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm


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Main Contact Phone:
24-hour Expectant Parent Inquiry Line - 314-596-1641

Office Phone: 636-797-4100

Show Me Hope Missouri

Free confidential crisis counseling in response to a disaster or critical event.

Call or text to connect with help at no cost.

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