Volunteer

The Cradle to Career Alliance welcomes volunteers.  Our needs vary from doing phone surveys to grant writing to helping with office work.  We’d also love to have you on our email notification list to spread the word about our activities and/or events.  If you’d like to volunteer, please call 573-489-2748 or email  cradletocareerinfo@gmail.com and leave a message.

Helping our youth

  • Other ways that you can support our work is by helping the youth around you. The Search Institute has identified 40 Developmental Assets that support youth in becoming productive citizens.  Visit their site to learn how you might support youth you know.
  • Mentoring a young person has been shown to have a powerful effect on their lives. Consider being a mentor.
  • Volunteer to help at your local school.  Schools often need volunteers to work with students.
  • Talk to children you meet or know in adult language about their surroundings, topics of interest, etc.  Building a broad vocabulary is a key to school success.
  • Read to children in your environment.  Being read to builds predictability about what to expect from books or other literature. Discussing what’s read is another way to build vocabulary and comprehension.

Advocacy

  • Contact your congressmen to ask him to support additional funding for the Parents as Teacher’s Program.  It’s funding was cut by 60% three years ago.  As a result they have a long list of interested parents not being served with home visits.
  • Contact your congressmen to encourage that funding be restored for public school based preschool.
  • Encourage the state congress to  increase the amount of child care subsidies.
  • Encourage you congressmen to support a bill allowing voluntary assessments for childcares with a focus on improvement.  Our legislature sent a bill to governor Nixon this spring (2016) that will allow for Quality Rating Systems to be used in Missouri as they are in the other 49 states.  This is a major move forward for quality child care in Missouri.