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Eligibility Criteria
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Where Little Tigers Learn to Roar

Where Little Tigers Learn to Roar

Bright Futures

Carthage Public Library

Find out about summer reading programs, story hours and classes at the local library.

Internet Early Childhood Resources

Adult Education

Carthage Tech Center

The Carthage Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program provides free assistance to help adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, GED and English as a Second Language. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency, and problem-solving.


Programs are also available for certification in Practical Nursing, Pharmacy Technician, and Medical/Clinical Assistant.  Applications are available online.  Financial assistance is available.

Family Assistance

Carthage Crisis Center


The Crisis Center provides the community with food and clothing distribution, shelter for the homeless, and employment assistance.

Agency Contacts

Alliance of SW MO (car seats)   358-3270

Joplin Career Center                  629-3000

Salvation Army                           358-2262

Crisis Center                              358-3533

Crosslines                                  358-1577

Ozark Center                             347-7600

Access Family Care                   782-6200

Children's Haven                       782-4453

Food Stamp Info                        629-3050

Medicaid/Child Support             1-855-737-4636

Jasper County Health Dept.      358-3111

WIC                                            623-1928

DFS                                            629-3065

Life Choices                               388-3434

Children's Miracle Network        347-3793

Lafayette House                         782-1772

Economic Security                     781-0352

Child Abuse Hotline                   1-800-422-4453

Suicide Prevention                     1-800-273-8255

Homeschool Migrant Liason       392-0607

GED Classes                              359-7026

Carthage City Taxi                      359-6589

First Steps                                   623-3243

Internet sites are recommended by teachers.  Some sites may require memberships or fees.

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