United Way of Greater St. Joseph
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Check out all of these services and programs that help children & their primary caregivers succeed. All of these programs and services are offered through the United Way Network of Partner Agencies.
United Way Success By 6
United Way Success By 6 is dedicated to preparing children to be successful learners when they begin kindergarten. This Initiative also fosters (and staff participates in) community-wide partnerships to prepare young children for future success. United Way Success By 6 serves children from birth to six years old along with their parents, grandparents and primary caregivers.
Some of the Sucess By 6 Programs/Services include:
Family Fun Time
Parent Resource Kits
Early Literacy Celebrations
Dr. Suess Birthday Brunch
Conscious Discipline Parent Night Trainings
YWCA- Healthy Teen Parents/Healthy Babies
Healthy Teen Parents/Healthy Babies is a program that aims to improve the health and well-being of teen parents and babies and reduce social isolation. The program offers a support group that meets once a month to hear from speakers, learn about healthy living and share experiences. The program also offers a Mentor Mixer at the end of every month in an effort to help teen parents meet and engage with positive adult mentors in their community. The YWCA provides childcare for these meetings as well.
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Jospeh, Inc
Catholic Charities offers several programs that help our youngest citizens achieve healthy beginnings.
These programs include:
- Mom’s Empowerment is specifically for pregnant women who are living 185% below the poverty line. During monthly case management, moms receive education and support of their basic needs (i.e. transportation, diapers, pack-n-plays, clothes) as funds allow.
- St. Germaine’s Little Lambs works with parents who have children primarily under the age of 5 to teach them parenting skills and conduct ongoing child development assessments with the focus on helping to reduce child abuse. Staff uses the Ages and Stages questionnaires to help parents/grandparents/caregivers understand where their child is scoring and what the adult can do to help him/her develop the necessary skills to obtain the normal level of their peers.
- Mazenod Mission is long term case management for families who are truly motivated to thrive without the help of public benefits. The frequency of case management sessions and interactions depends on how the family is doing. Unlike the other Children and Family Services programs, families commit to obtain long term help so the agency expects to be working with them for at least 3-5 years or whatever time it takes for them to find stable employment, stable housing, strong support networks, living without public benefits (i.e. WIC, SNAP) and developing a sufficient savings.
United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Missouri
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Northwest Missouri has a top-notch Children's Program that serves many families in the Greater St. Joseph community. The Children’s Program at UCP serves children birth to age five with significant developmental delays.
- Pediatric physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and teachers provide direct service to young children with developmental delay and education and support to their families and childcare providers.
- UCP’s integrated preschool for children ages 2-5 has small class sizes and student/teacher ratios for the provision of individualized instruction. Children with and without special needs play, learn and discover their world together.
- Therapeutic Lending Program maintains therapeutic equipment (such as specialized seating, walkers and communication devices) that can be loaned to families and childcare providers to ensure that children have access to their environment.
These early intervention services provided by UCP build a foundation for future learning by focusing on all areas of development, including cognitive, communication, fine motor, large motor, self-help skills, and social-emotional development.
Children's Mercy Hospital
Children’s Mercy is the only free-standing children's hospitals between St. Louis and Denver and providing comprehensive care, regardless of a family’s ability to pay, from birth to 21 years of age.
Some of their specialized services include:
Children's Mercy provides an Endocrine/Diabetes Outreach Clinic every other week. These Outreach Clinics and close relationships with other organizations and pediatric healthcare providers allow CMH patients to receive care and therapy in St. Joseph when their needs can be met without traveling to Kansas City.
Children's Mercy is also developing the Telemedicine program with Mosaic Life Care to expand services, like allergy and asthma to the children of the Greater St. Joseph area.