A child’s health can be one of the most emotional, expensive and frustrating issues a parent faces. We’ve put together a list of quality providers in various fields that can help take away some of the stress and frustration of navigating the world of children’s healthcare.
Hawkins Family Chiropractic
417-888-6420 • 1722 S. Glenstone Ave • Springfield
Dr. Corey Hawkins treats every member of the family and is a champion of drug-free, natural health. Services provided by Dr. Hawkins include sports physicals, childcare employee physicals, prenatal chiropractic, infant and pediatric chiropractic, as well as assistance in reaching fitness goals including diet and exercise planning. Dr. Hawkins can also provide chiropractic care to all members in a family after an accident, eliminating the need for multiple appointments with multiple healthcare providers.
Gardner Pediatric Dentistry
417.719.7862 • 1250 E. Walnut Lawn St • Springfield
As a Board Certified specialist in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Jesse Gardner works exclusively with infants, children, and teens, helping them feel comfortable so they enjoy coming to the dentist. The practice provides comprehensive preventive and restorative care, while focusing on the child’s emotional needs. Dr. Gardner understands that each child is unique and he listens carefully to the concerns of each child and parent. The fun and imaginative office helps children and parents feel comfortable, and parents are welcome to come back and participate in the visit. Everyone at Gardner Pediatric Dentistry is focused on cavity prevention, and they believe that stopping cavities from ever developing is the most important thing they do. Dr. Gardner and his staff are happiest when your child is cavity free!
Little Grins Dental
417.300.9424 • 4728 S Campbell Ave • Springfield
Dr. Craig Rechkemmer, a kid-friendly general dentist, and his staff at Little Grins Dental are dedicated to providing a positive dental experience for children and their parents. From the moment you walk through the front door, it’s obvious that the focus is on pediatric dental care. Exam chairs are kid-sized, the waiting area has a huge play area and the exam rooms each have a different, whimsical theme. Services include routine cleanings and examinations, fluoride treatments, digital dental X-rays, instruction in proper oral hygiene, sealants, tooth repair, extractions and dental emergencies.
Parkcrest Dental Group
417-887-1220 • 540 W. LaSalle St. • Springfield
The pediatric team at Parkcrest Dental Group knows that children's smiles are important! They love working with kids in order to help them develop good oral habits that can lead to a lifetime of great dental health. Parkcrest Dental Group’s focus is providing comprehensive, board certified, pediatric dentistry for children of all ages to provide happy, healthy visits. Let us show you how we make it easy for kids to have great smiles by providing compassionate care, in a comfortable atmosphere that is convenient for your whole family!
FITNESS & Well-being
A&B Dance Center
471.881.0071 • 1740 S Glenstone, Ste C Springfield
Dance is fun, but it also is a great way to help your child stay healthy. Dance is physical exercise. It develops flexibility, strength, endurance and a sense of
well-being. Flexibility: Dance requires the student to perform moves that require bending and stretching, so dancers naturally become more flexible by simply dancing. Strength: Dancing builds strength by forcing the muscles to resist against a dancer's own body weight. The core muscles are key to balance and strength and along with all muscle groups, are improved. Endurance: Regular dancing is great for
improving cardiovascular endurance. Just as in any form of exercise, regular dancing will build endurance. Sense of Well-Being: Joining a dance class can increase self-confidence and build social skills. Because physical activity reduces stress and tension, regular dancing gives an overall sense of well-being.
All-Star Gymnastics & Cheer
417.725.1304 • 1347 Ashley Dr. • Nixa
Gymnastics provides many life skills as well as physical benefits. All-Star Gymnastics & Cheer offers many programs designed to help your child develop coordination, strength, flexibility, social skills, and self-confidence. Gymnastics allows kids to develop strategies to overcome things that they may see as impossible or obstacles and encourages them to try new things, both in the gym and in life.
Andy B's Restaurant & Entertainment
417.883.1234 • 1127 E. Battlefield • Springfield
Andy B's believes in teaching children alternative ways to stay in shape. Their Bowlers Ed curriculum incorporates team building, bowling skill, scoring and math skills, exercise and fun! Call 417-883-1234 for more information about this free curriculum and equipment program.
Creava School For The Arts
417.880.3531 • 1667 E. St. Louis St. • Springfield
Creating art is healthy for your child! Art activities help children in all areas of their development, including physical, social, cognitive and emotional development. Art stimulates a child’s brain to grow new neurons, and can increase IQ and attention span, as well as relieve stress. Children who are exposed to the arts not only increase their creativity, but also grow in confidence, learn to focus and solve problems, and experience the joy of putting effort into the success of a completed work of art. Creava Arts encourages you to find the perfect creative outlet for your child.
Credo Dance Academy
417.496.9527 • 931 S. Kickapoo Ave. • Springfield
Credo Dance Academy offers ballet classes for children ages 3-years and up. Ballet is an art form as well as a physical discipline that promotes healthy development, memory skills and spatial awareness. Other elective courses like tap, jazz, modern and conditioning are offered to students in Level 3 and up.
Martial Arts USA
417.886.3331 • 4560 S. Campbell Ave. • Springfield
With programs for children and adults, you can find fitness for the whole family at Martial Arts USA! A high intensity, never-the-same workout that will get you in shape and help you lose weight. Learn self-defense and live a more meaningful life.
Sky Zone of Springfield
417.771.3883 • 2765 S. Kansas Expressway • Springfield
Sky Zone has something fun for everyone. OPEN JUMP lets you fly high! That means full access to all Sky Zone activities, including the Main Court (free jump), the Foam Zone (freestyle jumping into foam), Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam, and more. See our website for times. SKYFIT is a moderate-impact, healthy, fun workout that combines calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics. SKYFIT is one of the most dynamic, effective and active workouts you can get! Don’t worry, any level of athlete will feel rejuvenated after this workout. SKYFIT is Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. If your child can walk, they can jump! TODDLER TIME at Sky Zone Springfield is an open jump format time just for kids walking age to 5 years, Wednesday mornings 9:30-11 a.m. Parents may participate or just watch. Just $8 for 90 minutes per jumper. Home Schoolers have their own time as well on Wednesdays 11 a.m .to 12:30 p.m. Great time to exercise and socialize with other kids. Just $10 for 90 minutes per jumper. SkySocks are not included in prices and are just $2 plus tax and are brought back with you each time you jump with Sky Zone.
For more than 110 years, CoxHealth has remained a community-owned, not-for-profit health system. The system includes five hospitals, specialty facilities and more than 80 physician clinics. CoxHealth is a leader in mother-baby care, delivering approximately 4,000 newborns every year. With a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, women’s health center, OB/GYN services, pediatric intensive care and specialists caring for high-risk infants, CoxHealth has a strong team caring for moms and babies. For expectant families, the health system offers e-Learning and a smartphone app called CoxHealth BabyBeginning. These new tools are free through a grant with Verizon. CoxHealth’s great team caring for children includes pediatricians, intensivists,
neonatologists, hospitalists, child life experts, and nursing and pediatric specialists. As a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, CoxHealth cares for children with medical needs in 32 counties.
SAFETY & ACCIDENT PREVENTION
Safe Kids Springfield
417.820.6671 • 1570 W. Battlefield, Suite 110, Springfield
Safe Kids Springfield is a member of Safe Kids USA, a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids offers presentations for schools, daycares, parents groups, scouts, childcare providers, churches and businesses on a variety of child safety and injury prevention topics.
SOCIAL SERVICES & COUNSELING
417.459.2117 • 1435 E. Bradford Parkway • Springfield
Personal counseling service offering counseling to individuals, couples and families. Healing journeys treats issues that interfere with a person’s mental and emotional well-being. Specializing in using the creative arts to guide the healing journey. Lori is now Autplay certified for play therapy with children on the Autism Spectrum.
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri
417.862.1972 • 2130 N. Glenstone Ave. • Springfield
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri offer a wide range of services for families and children. Staffed with committed professionals, LFCS is dedicated to building and supporting safe, strong and stable families that are prepared to help children grow into all that they can be. Services include adoption services, pregnancy services, foster services), a variety of counseling services and advocacy on public policy and legislation related to families.
TheraCare Outpatient Services
417.890.4656 • 3023 S. Fort Ave., Ste. B • Springfield
TheraCare provides speech, occupational and music therapy services to children of all ages in a safe, caring environment. We offer individual and group therapy sessions, including great opportunities for summer classes and intensive therapy options. Call them today to learn how they might help your child.
Pierce Vision Specialists
417.887.7151 • 1426 E. Bradford Pkwy • Springfield
Dr. David M. Pierce, Dr. Courtney Wintjen and the team at Pierce Vision Specialists are experienced professionals in a comprehensive range of eye disorders in people of all ages. Services provided include eye examinations for infants, children and adults, vision therapy and contact lenses, Pierce Vision therapists are well-trained professionals who implement individually prescribed vision therapy procedures and programs. In addition, you’ll find an in-office optical lab and large frame selection.
AREA NOT-FOR-PROFITS THAT SERVE CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Ambassadors for Children
Ambassadors for Children is a service agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and is dedicated to supporting abused and neglected children and youth in our community. They provide resources, practical needs for foster children and children at risk in foster care placement from Greene County. For more info, visit ambassadors4children.org.
The Arc of the Ozarks
The Arc of the Ozarks provides many services ranging from residential, employment, community integration, day programming, and recreation for area residents with disabilities. For more information, visit thearcoftheozarks.org.
Autism Support Group of Southwest Missouri
Autism Support Group of Southwest Missouri offers
information, inspiration and support to those whose lives are touched by Autism and encourage parents and caregivers of children and adults with Autism. The group offers exchanging info, ideas and experiences in a caring, safe and supportive atmosphere and enriching the lives of children through group activities, play dates and public outings. For more info, visit swmoautismnetwork.org or call 417.655.2235.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks is a monitored mentoring network that matches adult volunteers and children, ages 6-18, in communities across the Ozarks by helping children who are facing adversity develop a positive relationship with strong and enduring professionally-supported relationships that can change their lives for the better. For more information, visit www.bigbro.com.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield
Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield are serving youth to help them realize their potential for growth and development. Offering individual and group services, programs are based on principles of behavioral guidance, which will achieve the health, social, educational, vocational, character and leadership development. For more info, visit www.bgclubspringfield.org.
Care to Learn
Care to Learn serves children in area schools with
immediate funding to meet basic unmet needs for health, hunger and hygiene so every child can be successful in school. There are currently 24 Care to Learn chapters in Missouri helping students every day. For more information,visit caretolearnfund.org or call 417.862.7771.
Champion Athletes of the Ozarks
Champion Athletes of the Ozarks serves children and adults with disabilities living in the Ozarks area through sports, training and competition. They are building self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills in a positive atmosphere and teaching decision-making skills, team skills, appropriate behaviors, feeling success and gaining life skills. For more information, visit championathletes.org.
Chances of Stone County
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Chances of Stone County promotes opportunities for citizens with developmental disabilities living in Stone County to live more satisfying lives by building friendships, family-centered activities, leadership development, increased disability awareness and success through mentorship. For more information, visit chancesofstonecounty.org.
Cherish Kids’ mission is to improve the quality of life for children who find themselves displaced or orphaned. Help is provided by raising awareness, offering resources and providing much needed support. For more information, visit cherishkids.org.
The Child Advocacy Center, Inc
The Child Advocacy Center provides many services for children who are being abused. For info, visit childadvocacycenter.org.
Child Care Aware of Missouri
Child Care Aware of Missouri helps connect families to childcare, early learning programs and programs for after school/out-of-school time; improve the quality of those programs and collaboration with others to ensure all children in Missouri will have access to healthy, safe, nurturing, enriching and respectful early childhood care, education and out-of-school time care. For more information, visit mo.childcareaware.org.
Children’s Smile Center
Children’s Smile Center fulfills the need for professional dental services of children, ages 1-19 and pregnant women who are eligible for Missouri Medicaid. They provide preventive and primary dental healthcare to children and pregnant mothers from low-income families who are residents of Christian, Stone, Barry and Lawrence counties in Missouri. Clinic locations in Ozark, Branson West and Aurora. For more information, visit childrenssmilecenter.org.
Community Partnership works in 21 counties in Southwest Missouri providing many services – substance abuse and violence prevention, community and neighborhood development, children and child well-being, affordable housing and homelessness prevention. For more information, visit commpartnership.org.
Developmental Center of the Ozarks
Developmental Center of the Ozarks is making a positive difference in the community by providing services that enable individuals to reach and maintain their optimal level of development. DCO serves infants, children and adults who are developmentally disabled, developmentally delayed or physically disabled, as well as those who are not, through therapeutic, educational and rehabilitative programs. For more info, visit dcoonline.com.
Diaper Bank of the Ozarks
Diaper Bank of the Ozarks’ mission is to help keep babies healthy and happy by providing access to diapers for families in need. For more information, visit diaperbankoftheozarks.org.
Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks
Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks provides support and education on early intervention services, promoting inclusive education, highlighting appropriate medical services, encouraging quality employment opportunities and advocating for community awareness and acceptance for individuals with Down Syndrome. For more information, visit ozarksdsg.org.
Great Circle is a behavioral health organization that specializes in providing treatment, education, prevention and support services to children and families with a history of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or abandonment as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental disorders. Great Circle offers a wide array of services in locations throughout Missouri. For more information, visit greatcircle.org.
The Harmony House provides shelter, advocacy, and education to survivors of domestic violence. They provide short-term emergency protective shelter, programs of education, support, referral and advocacy. They provide information to the community that promotes understanding about the factors involved in domestic violence, its prevalence, causes, and prevention. For more information, visit myharmonyhouse.org.
Isabel’s House – Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks
Isabel’s House provides 24 hour a day, 365 days per year care for our area’s most vulnerable children (ages birth to 12) when the family is in crisis. Families using the services of Isabel’s House work with family advocates, use community resources to address the crises and strengthen and maintain the family unit. For more information, visit isabelshouse.org.
Missouri Head Start
Missouri Head Start is a state-wide, non-profit association dedicated to the success of all Missouri children. Head Start provides education, leadership and tools for advocacy for all Head Start and Early Head Start parents, friends and professionals in Missouri. For more information, visit moheadstart.org.
Newborns in Need
Newborns in Need provides for more than 1,000
babies each month and reaches 70 agencies in Springfield and surrounding counties. Seventy-five percent of all items leaving their facility are handmade by area volunteers – afghans, quilts, sleepers, soft toys and more. For info, visit newbornsinneedspringfield.org.
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their child develop during the crucial early years of life. For information, visit parentsasteachers.org.
Branson - 417.336-1887, ext. 6135
Clever - 417.743.4815
Hollister - 417.243.4058
Nixa - 417.724.3850
Ozark - 417.582.5992
Republic - 417.732.4071
Springfield - 417.523.1160
Willard - 417.742.5490
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities help to address problems parents may be facing when a child is sick by housing them near the hospitalized child, helping with the expense of staying together in another city, or even getting basic medical and dental care in a community lacking resources. For more information, visit rmhc.org.
Single Momz Rock
Single Momz Rock provides encouragement, support, events, local programs and resources for single parents. For more information, visit singlemomzrock.com.
Springfield Area Mothers of Multiples
Springfield Area Mothers of Multiples is a diverse group of women who share in the special and unique parenting role of raising multiples. For more information, visit facebook.com/pages/Springfield-Area-Mothers-of-Multiples.
Wish I May
Wish I May provides birthdays to children in Greene and Christian counties whose families are experiencing extreme financial difficulties and find it impossible to provide their child with a proper birthday celebration. Wish I May works with many area not-for-profit organizations to identify the families in need. For more information, visit wishimay.org. To contact Greene County, email email@example.com. For Christian County, call 417.429.7230.
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