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To further child well-being by advancing the health, education, safety and development of Missouri children and their families, especially those who are at-risk because of poverty, abuse, neglect, racial inequities, or other risk factors. Missouri Champion of Children provides children and families in Missouri the opportunities to be healthy, happy, and successful.

Community Benefits

Research shows investments in early childhood programs save taxpayers money through reduced crime, less spending on remediation costs in K-12 settings, higher high school graduation and college attendance rates, and higher incomes throughout life.

Every Child Deserves a Champion. Our coalition of business, public safety, child advocacy and community leaders share a common goal: to build the nation’s strongest network of policymaker champions who will advance policies to support children’s success in the classroom and on the playground, enable parents to work and provide for their families, and ensure Missouri’s youngest children can achieve their full potential.

Stronger Outcomes for Children and Families

Stronger ECE Investments & Policies


Paid and Earned Media

Business and Community Leaders



Government Affairs

Coordinated Core Messaging Campaign