Due to a federally funded grant, the Economic Security Corporation is able to open 10 early child care centers in Southwest Missouri.
ESC applied for the grant after a community needs assessment showed a lack of quality child care in the area for young children. The Early Head Start-child Care Partnership Grant has helped open four child care centers in Carthage, Noel, Lamar, And Joplin.
Those sites include public and private partnerships with the Carthage Family Literacy Council, the Noel Public Housing Authority, and the Lamar school district. The grant is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.