Being a Parent is Hard.

We're here to help

First Chance for Children strengthens families with young children in Mid-Missouri since 2006

Lend & Learn has free and fun opportunities for young children 0-5 and their caregivers to play in Columbia and Centralia. 

Looking for ways to give back? We depend on the support of our community to meet the needs of families in Mid-Missouri.

Programs for all families

Find a service that's right for you and your family

First Chance for Children provides a research informed approach addressing the needs of the entire system associated with young children. Each of our programs fit together to provide holistic, wrap around support for families. Together, we help children be ready for school, ready for life.

Lend and Learn Toy Libraries

Provides a free, fun place where parents and children ages 0-5 can play with developmentally appropriate toys.

Baby Bags

Supports families with education, diapers, wipes, and other items needed to provide comfort and care to children.

Safe C.R.I.B.S.

Delivers a crib, education, resources, and support to families in need to improve child safety and maternal mental health.

Baby U

Equips families with child development education, parenting support, and tangible items to improve family wellbeing and kindergarten readiness.

What families have to say

"I love Lend and Learn because it is a great outlet to meet other parents and talk growth and development."
Lend and Learn Family
"I am very grateful to this organization for their enormous help and support to me and my family"
CRIBS Family
"This is a great program and it has helped me a lot with my children and learning development"
Baby U Family

You can make a difference

Give the gift of opportunity today

At First Chance for Children, we count on the generosity of our community to ignite potential and foster growth in our future leaders. Together, we have the power to cultivate opportunity, transform circumstances, and shape lifelong outcomes for families. Your support—whether through a financial contribution, donating essential items, volunteering your time, or joining us at an event—can make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families in our community. Join us in making a positive impact today!