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The SOAR Early Childhood Networking Nights are designed to provide education and support for parents of children up to age 8. The events (for adults only) are free and dinner is included. Space is limited and registration is required for each event. Click here to learn more.

Sessions are held at the Columbia Public Library in Columbia. To reserve your spot, call the library at 573-443-3161.

Questions? Contact the SOAR office at (573) 884-6324 or email us.

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July 2017

Free Screenings

July 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Boone County Health Department (WIC Office), 1005 W Worley St
Columbia, MO 65203
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Do you wonder about your child's development? SOAR offers free developmental and social-emotional screenings for children served at the Boone County Health Department (WIC Office) every third Wednesday morning from 9-11am.

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Early Childhood Networking Night—The Power of Play

July 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Columbia Public Library, 100 W Broadway
Columbia, 65203 United States
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FREE!

Presented by Tracy Stroud, Thompson Center

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August 2017

Early Childhood Networking Night—What is Autism? Resources Available in Boone County

August 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Columbia Public Library, 100 W Broadway
Columbia, 65203 United States
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FREE!

Presented by Kristen Sohl, Thompson Center

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September 2017

Early Childhood Networking Night—Resiliency in Young Children

September 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Columbia Public Library, 100 W Broadway
Columbia, 65203 United States
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FREE!

Presented by Janice Mericle, First Chance for Children

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October 2017

Hallsville Networking Night: Social & Emotional Development

October 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hallsville Primary School, 6401 MO-124
Hallsville, MO 65255 United States
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Identify simple strategies to support the social and emotional health of your children. Presented by Vicki Davolt, LMSW & Wendy Ell, OTR/L. Networking Nights in Hallsville occur a few times a year and are in collaboration with Parents as Teachers - Hallsville. Parents, providers and professionals are invited to attend. There is no charge for this event and dinner is included. Space is limited, to register, contact Karen Smith with Parents as Teachers at: ksmith@hallsville.org

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Is My Child Ready?

October 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Southern Boone County Public Library, 109 N Main St.
Ashland, MO 65010
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Free

Free developmental screenings for young children at the Ashland library! Parents will complete an "Ages & Stages Questionnaire" and then meet with a specialist who will explain more about child developmental stages. Results can help you monitor your child's motor skills, language development, problem-solving ability and social-emotional skills. Developmental screening can help ensure that a child is on-track for school success. Ages 2 months - 5 years with a parent.

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Early Childhood Networking Night—Is my Child a Picky Eater?

October 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Columbia Public Library, 100 W Broadway
Columbia, 65203 United States
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Dealing with picky eating as a parent is never fun. What causes it and how can you deal with it? Come learn about how to handle eating struggles and leave with simple strategies that can be implemented today! Presented by Caitlin Vandell, M.S. CCC-SLP, MU Women's & Children's Hospital Early Childhood Networking Nights occur once a month with different speakers and topics each month. Parents, providers and professionals are invited to attend. There is no charge for this event and…

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November 2017

Early Childhood Networking Night – Sensory Strategies for the Young Child

November 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Columbia Public Library, 100 W Broadway
Columbia, 65203 United States
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We use our senses to make sense of the world. Young children rely on their senses even more so as they are still learning about our world. Incorporating sensory strategies into your child’s daily routines can help them feel more calm and alert, release excess energy and organize their behavior. Come learn simple and fun strategies that can easily be implemented at home and school!   Presented by Linda Eagle, OTR/L, Hand to Hand Rehab, LLC   Early Childhood Networking…

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December 2017

Is My Child Ready?

December 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Columbia Public Library, 100 W Broadway
Columbia, 65203 United States
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Free

Free developmental screenings for young children at the Columbia library! Parents will complete an "Ages & Stages Questionnaire" and then meet with a specialist who will explain more about child developmental stages. Results can help you monitor your child's motor skills, language development, problem-solving ability and social-emotional skills. Developmental screening can help ensure that a child is on-track for school success. Ages 2 months - 5 years with a parent. Screenings available 10am-1pm AND 5:30pm-7:00pm

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Early Childhood Networking Night— The Mental Health Benefits of Laughter for You and Your Child

December 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Columbia Public Library, 100 W Broadway
Columbia, 65203 United States
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Turns out, laughter really is the best medicine! Join us for an informative, active and fun presentation to educate you about the importance and benefits of laughter for you and your children! Come prepared to laugh ‘til you cry and walk away knowing how to find laughter all around you!   Presented by Clint Darr, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader/Trainer   Early Childhood Networking Nights occur once a month with different speakers and topics each month. Parents, providers and professionals are…

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