Current Initiatives

The SOAR team works to educate and raise awareness of early childhood social-emotional development through these important initiatives:


Free Screenings

The Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) and Ages & Stages Questionnaire Social and Emotional (ASQ: SE-2) are quick easy screenings that help parents learn more about their child’s development from one month to five years of age.

SOAR regularly offers free ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE-2 developmental screenings for children served at the Boone County WIC Offices and local libraries.

Boone County WIC Office (1005 W. Worley St. in Columbia):
– Every third Tuesday of the month (5-7pm)
– Every third Wednesday of the month (9-11am)

Quarterly at the Library
– Columbia Public Library
– Southern Boone County Public Library

Click here to see a short video of one of our FREE screenings at the library.

Learn more about screenings.

See upcoming events.


Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support (EC-PBS)

Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support combines training and weekly coaching to improve the quality of early childhood program environments in Boone County and to increase childcare providers’ ability for building relationships with children and families, promoting social-emotional development, reducing problem behaviors and promoting school readiness.

Learn more about EC-PBS.

Read article by Melissa Stormont and Dr. Laine Young-Walker,
“Supporting professional development needs for early childhood teachers: an exploratory analysis of teacher perceptions of stress and challenging behavior”


Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

SOAR provides Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) to residents of Boone County. CPP is an intervention for children ages 0-5 and their primary caregivers who have experienced at least one form of trauma such as:

– Maltreatment
– A sudden or traumatic death of someone close
– A serious accident
– Sexual abuse
– Exposure to domestic violence
– A serious illness or medical procedure

CPP is appropriate for children living in an adoptive home, birth family home or foster/kinship care. The type of trauma and the child’s age/developmental status determine the structure of CPP sessions.

Learn more about CPP.

Download SOAR CPP flyer.


Incredible Years® Parenting Classes

SOAR offers Incredible Years® Parenting Classes. The program focuses on strengthening parenting competencies and fostering parent involvement to promote children’s academic, social and emotional skills and reduce conduct problems.

Learn how to:

  • Strengthen your nurturing and responsive parenting
  • Increase your effective parent behavior management strategies
  • Prevent and treat behavior problems
  • Increase your child’s social competence and emotional regulation at home and at school

Learn more about Incredible Years Parenting Groups.


Training for Childcare Providers

The SOAR team provides ongoing training for childcare providers and other children’s services providers to conduct developmental screenings like ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE-2.

Upcoming events for Childcare Providers.


Services for Children in State Custody

We also provide screening and referral services for children and families of children ages 0-6 who have been placed into state custody. Additionally, our team presents relevant information regarding trauma and social-emotional well being in child welfare to caseworkers and foster families.SOAR Early Childhood Networking Nights


SOAR Early Childhood Networking Nights

SOAR Early Childhood Networking Nights are designed to provide education and support for parents of children 0-8. The events are free and dinner is included. Space is limited and registration is required for each event. Adults only. No child care offered.

Sessions are held at the Columbia Public Library, located at 100 W. Broadway in Columbia. To reserve your spot, please call the library at 573-443-3161.

Each session includes:
6:00pm Dinner and Networking
6:15pm Presentation
7:15pm Q&A session

Learn more about SOAR Early Childhood Networking Nights.

Upcoming events for Parents.