Dana Carroll

Every Child Promise / Community Partnership of the Ozarks

The Every Child Promise:  Our Community Promises to Empower Families, So That Every Child, Age Birth-Six, Has the Opportunity to Enter Schools, Ready to Learn. 

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A new program soon to be up and running in Springfield will offer resources for families with young children who have disabilities or developmental delays.

The Community Partnership of the Ozarks is working to bring the Capable Kids & Families program to Springfield. 

"It is a combination of home visiting, family support and play group," said Dana Carroll, Springfield’s child advocate.

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Ilga Vise talks with Dana Carroll, Springfield’s child advocate for the Every Child Promise about the collaborative.

Last year, the News-Leader featured a series of human interest stories about the plight of Springfield’s children and young families.  Reporter Claudette Riley wrote that one in five children were not ready for school, that almost 50 percent of those live in poverty and that many are the victims of child abuse and neglect.  They also struggle with health and nutrition problems.

Officials have unveiled a 10-year strategic plan to improve the lives of Springfield-area children through enhanced parental guidance and better access to resources.