State and Regional News

Investing in child care today for a brighter future tomorrow

    On May 31, 2019, the Child Care Working Group, comprised of leadership from the Missouri Departments of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Social Services, Elementary and Secondary Education, Public Safety and the Attorney General’s Office submitted a report to Governor Mike Parson detailing recommendations for enhancing Missouri’s early childhood care and education system in effort to support Missouri’s current and future workforce.

Govenor approves of $6 million in new funding for home visiting programs

On June 10, Governor Mike Parson signed the FY 2020 state budget, which includes more than $6 million in new funding for home visitation programs. Parents as Teachers will receive $3,058,000 to serve an additional 1,529 high need families. Children’s Division will receive an additional $3,074,000 to expand their home visitation program statewide, which focuses on preventing child abuse and neglect and diverting children from the custody and care of the state.

Statewide pedestrian awareness campaign kicks off June 10

    Whether driving a vehicle, walking or biking, keep your head up and be alert – you don’t want to miss what matters. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is announcing a week-long campaign June 10-16 focusing on pedestrian safety.

Cherokee Removal bike riders to pass through Waynesville Thursday, June 13

By Deloris Gray Wood
    On the occasion of the 2019 Cherokee Removal bike rider's arrival at Laughlin Park, Waynesville, Missouri at 4 p.m., Thursday, June 13, the Missouri Chapter Trail of Tears Association will host a Special Ceremony in recognition of the 35th Anniversary of the first Cherokee Removal Bike Riders retracing the footsteps of their ancestors on bicycles on what become known as the Trail of Tears.