Jumpstart is a free kindergarten readiness program that helps prepare children to enter school ready to succeed. Children are matched with a Jumpstart member for one-to-one tutoring in a fun, safe, active learning environment.Children read books, sing songs, and explore new ideas focused on building their language and literacy skills.

The program will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:00-5:45, during the school year.

For more information, call (573)882-8942, or email

JumpStart Flyer 2018-2019

Project Salsa is an 8-week long (June 3-July 26) summer camp program for high school students in Columbia. The experience will provide opportunities for high school students to work from beginning to end on a project to foster skills that can be transferred into the workforce. The camp will run Monday through Friday from 9 am-12 pm.

There are three main components of Project Salsa- Grow, Cook, Sell:

  • Grow:  this project trains youth to maintain a garden which grows tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, and cilantro.
  • Cook: students will discuss nutrition, research recipes, and create their own unique salsa
  • Sell: students will apply business principles to sell their salsa at local markets. This will include creating a business plan, learning to cost out their salsa, creating a brand, and selling their product at Lucky’s Market and Columbia Farmer’s Market.

Every step of the way grow, cook, sell will be complemented by lectures, activities, and field trips to foster skills to students in a hands-on way.

Upon completion of the program, students will get class credit from Columbia Public Schools.  In addition, students will get paid for 4 weeks of service through the City of Columbia’ Career Awareness Related Experience program.

This is a collaborative effort between MU Family Impact Center, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Columbia Public Schools, City of Columbia Career Awareness Related Experience, Lucky’s Market and Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company.

Project Salsa Application 2019

Project Salsa Flyer 2019

For enrollment information for Project Salsa e-mail Sara Hughes at or call (573) 882-2428.

Camp Ca-Pow (College Access- Planning Our Way) is a free camp for middle school students that will focus on planning for the future. This camp is made possible through the collaboration of MU College of Education- Educational Leadership Policy analysis, 4-H, and Family Impact Center

In 2015, 18 middle school students participated in Camp Ca-Pow, in 2016 we had 22 students participate, and the numbers increased further in 2017. They all had the opportunity to visit 4 college campuses, explore a variety of careers, and discuss different avenues to make college achievable.

Camp CA-POW Flyer

Camp CA-Pow Video

To enroll your child email or call (573) 882-2428

School’s Out CoMo is an experiential education program offered on the days that Columbia Public Schools has teacher work days.

Schools and Colleges from the University of Missouri campus engage in fun-filled activities with kids in grades Kindergarten-5th.

The program is offered from 7:30-3:30 on the teacher work days and includes breakfast and lunch.

For enrollment information for School’s Out CoMO e-mail or call (573) 882-2428.


Application for the 2018-2019 School Year