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Give the gift of a happy, healthy smile

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Following a series of traumatic events, E and her mother fled their country and received a pardon to come to the U.S. for safety. Shortly after arriving, E was brought to a Head Start Center and enrolled. One of her teachers noticed she was having difficulty eating. Because of the Head Start Smiles project and collaborations with local dentists, E quickly received an exam which showed significant decay. It took nearly a dozen appointments but when they were finished, E’s smile was transformed into a bright and healthy one. The intervention not only prevented a lengthy dental surgery, it changed E’s life. Pain free, E now enjoys eating, playing with friends, and being a happy child.

Gifts made to the Head Start Smiles project provide a way for children like E to get the preventive and restorative dental work they need. They support families like E’s who have limited or no insurance or ability to pay. And they make a positive and lasting impact.

What is Head Start Smiles?

OACAC’s Head Start Smiles campaign is an annual effort to ensure enrolled Head Start children in Southwest Missouri have access to a dental exam, preventive care, and needed restorative dental work. Head Start provides comprehensive early childhood and family development services to low-income families at or below 100% of the Federal poverty guidelines.

Who does the Smiles project help?

Head Start serves children ages 0-5. This school year, 59 Head Start children are counting on our support! The average cost per child is $335 so your gift in any amount - $5, $10, or even $32 ($1 for each tooth you have) - makes a difference.

Donations can be made online or by sending a check to:


c/o Head Start Smiles

215 S. Barnes

Springfield, MO 65802

Thank you.