Head Start is the Best Start!


Head Start is a comprehensive child development program serving income eligible families with children ranging in age from infancy through five years of age. More details here.

MVCAA Service Map

MVCAA Service Map

MVCAA serves the following counties: Carroll, Chariton, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray and Saline.

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice.”
(Nelson Mandela)

Seeing poverty through a different lens


Poverty Simulations help the general public become aware of the stinging effects of poverty, and how it impacts families and individuals on a daily basis. This project has been instrumental in building a better understanding of poverty issues, increasing community involvement, and creating more compassion for low-income individuals.

As more community members learn the real facts about how poverty affects families, they are more apt to become viable players in the fight against poverty.

This project is funded at less than 1% of federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.