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Education Resource Center for Employers

Updated Thursday, October 29, 2:30 p.m.

As school districts around the region have reopened their doors to students for the 2020-2021 school year - in a variety of forms - both parents and employers have a wide range of questions. What resources are available to help support virtual learning? Which organizations are offering assistance with day care? What best practices can businesses provide when it comes to accommodating employees with children during this uncertain and stressful period?

The Chamber wants to help by working to gather as much information as possible in one centralized location. This Resource Center will be updated regularly as new information is made available or updated.

If your business has best practices you'd like to share, or if you have questions about how to support employees with children, we encourage you to reach out to us - email us by clicking the link below.

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In-Person Care Services
  • Barnabas Foundation: Barnabas Day Camp
    • Barnabas Day Camp will support students with special needs, housed at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Barnabas Day Camp is ideal for campers who have intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. The program is designed to provide children (5-18 years old) with special needs a safe and affordable place to go during the day, with a preference for working families.
    • 417-476-2565
  • Boys and Girls Club of Springfield: In-Person Learning Support Program
  • Discovery Center of Springfield: Learning Support Care Program
    • Learning support care program with a preference for students of SPS staff. Options for Monday-Friday private schooling or support care that mirror’s Springfield Public School’s hybrid plan. Program built with an emphasis on STEM education and specialty tutors.
    • 417-862-9910
  • Discovery Garden Montessori: SPS Flex Learning
  • East Grand Community Services: Childcare Services
  • EnCompass Academy at Venues Church: Care for Certain Age Groups
    • The Venues Church is partnering with EnCompass Academy to provide part-time and full-time care for Pre-K, kindergarten, middle school, and high school students. Limited space is available.
    • 417-597-3590
  • James River Charities: Weekday Preschool
    • James River Charities operates a weekday preschool at three campuses in the Springfield area. Additional care may be available for elementary-age siblings enrolled in the SPS hybrid program who have preschool-age siblings enrolled in the program at certain locations.
    • Phone (417-581-5433; ask for Early Childhood Area) or Email (
  • One Stop for Early Childhood: Resource and Referral Center
  • Ozarks Regional YMCA: Y Scholastic Support Center
  • Point Performing Arts: Classroom for Virtual School
  • Ridgecrest Baptist Church: Jaguar Learning Support Center
  • Salvation Army: After School & All Day Out Program
  • Springfield Dream Center: DC Virtual Learning Center
  • Springfield Little Theatre: Learning at the Landers
  • Springfield MO Learning Pods: Facebook Page for Connecting
    • This page is a connector for families with students in Springfield Public Schools. In order to support Springfield students/families/staff, this Facebook group has been started (independent of SPS, but fully supportive) to connect interested educators and families. Learning pods of under 10 students would meet in neighborhoods at voluntary homes for their offsite “online” days of learning.
  • Sylvan Learning Center: School Support Sessions
    • K-12th Grade Students can schedule to attend a School Support session, a small group where kids can complete virtual learning lessons and assignments with the in-person support of a Sylvan instructor.
    • 417-268-9392
  • University Child Care Center: School Age Classroom

Special thanks to 417 Magazine’s Virtual and Hybrid Learning in 417-Land and The Wind’s Learning and Childcare Resources pages, which helped us find many of these listings.

Virtual Learning Resources
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Working & Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak
  • Club Z: In Home and Online Tutoring
    • Club Z is a private tutoring company offering one-on-one and group learning services to all students in the Springfield area, ages pre-K to college. One-on-one sessions are offered online via Zoom or in-person, while group, or pod, tutoring is offered in-person. Learning pods are for 3 to 6 students, and must be formed by clients before a tutor is assigned.
    • Leisha Baker ( and Kevin Baker (, or call 417-714-4880
  • Code Ninjas: At-Home Coding
  • Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland: Virtual Activities for Girls
    • Girl Scout programming has gone online to allow girls to access programming online. Recruitment events, such as robot building and animal dance parties, show girls how to get started in the program.
    • In addition to recruitment events, they’ve started “Girl Scouts Delivered” which allows girls to register to receive a box that includes supplies and access to live virtual events with pre and post activities to keep them involved.
    • (877) 412-4764
  • Khan Academy: Free Online Courses in Core Subject
    • Khan Academy provides free courses for students looking to learn and grow in certain core subjects such as Match, Science, Arts & Humanities, and Reading & Language Arts, Economics, and Life Skills. Courses are designed to support major topics in each grade level.
  • Springfield-Greene County Library: Online Resources for Virtual Learners
    • The 10 branches of the library district has physical collection of reference materials and dozens of online resources for homework help and in-depth research for all ages. Library cards are free for Greene County residents; temporary cards also available online.
    • 417-882-0714

Special thanks to 417 Magazine’s Virtual and Hybrid Learning in 417-Land and The Wind’s Learning and Childcare Resources pages, which helped us find many of these listings.

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