Major Milestones in the First 5 Years

By Janie Leathers What is a milestone?  A milestone is defined as something that most children are able to do by a particular age.  The first five years of your child’s life are full of social, language, cognitive, and physical milestones.  Pediatricians track milestones to ensure children are following a typical pattern of development.  Understanding …

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April 11-17, 2022 is Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW). This year, the City of Columbia declared April 11 as Black Doula Day! Research shows that Black birthers have the worst outcomes among the pregnant and postpartum populations. To support Black birthers in our community and improve their outcomes and experiences, we are sharing information on …

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Developmental ASQ Screening Kits for your Child

First Chance is now offering eligible families free Developmental ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) Screening Kits for children ages 0-5 years. Is my child on track? Parenting during a pandemic may leave you feeling more uncertain if your child is staying on track with their development. You’re not alone. Many parents are wondering, Is my …

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Lend & Learn play space in Columbia

Lend & Learn is Reopening Indoors!

Lend & Learn is Now Open by Appointment! You can now sign up online for indoor play time at Lend & Learn! Come explore our new, larger space at 1002 Fay St, Columbia, MO. What is Lend & Learn? Lend & Learn is a program of First Chance for Children that strengthens family well-being through …

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First Chance for Children Program Updates: November 2020

During this challenging time, when we are all working to stay healthy and safe in our homes, we continue to work diligently to meet the needs of our clients and community. Using safe social distancing practices, First Chance for Children is still doing our part to provide early childhood programs and family resources that foster …

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