Program Highlights

Daycare Provider Training

Do you need credit hours for 2014?  MU Extension will be offering a 4-part series to help daycare providers and foster parents receive approved training hours this fall.  Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour course that will teach providers how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  Classes will be held at White River Valley Electric Cooperative, 2449 East State Highway 76 in Branson in the community room from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Registration is $15 per session and pre-registration is required.  See attached program brochure for more information and registration form.

  • Session 1:  Recognize the Warning Signs - Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6-9 p.m.
  • Session 2:  Five Step Action Plan - Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6-9 p.m.
  • Session 3:  Learn the Symptoms - Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6-9 p. m.
  • Session 4:  Suicide Warning Signs & Mental Health Resources - Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6-9 p.m.

For more information or to register, please call the Taney County MU Extension Centers at 417-546-4431.

Candidates Sought for Taney County MU Extension Council

Nominations are being accepted for the January 2015 election for the Taney County University of Missouri Extenison Council.  The Taney County MU Extenison Council is the local link between the county residents and the University of Missouri.  County extension councils are the governing body for the local educational opportunities provided by the University of Missouri Extension.  Council members - both publicly elected and appointed citizens - work with the extension faculty in making decisions concerning extension programs, personnel, help organize council election and the oversee local extension office finances.

Extension council members are elected to serve a two-year term.  Candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in the district they would represent.  The election will take place in January 2015 with on-line voting and the newly elected members take office March 1, 2015.  The Taney county extension council meets at 6:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

Nominations for the Taney county extension council candidates must be made by December 1, 2014. Individuals interested in serving on the council may contact the Taney county extension center at 417-546-4431 or by completing the attached consent to be nominated form and sending it to the office at P.O. Box 598, Forsyth, MO 65653.  For more information on the role of county extension councils is available at

Volunteer Tax Preparers Needed in Stone and Taney Counties

University of Missouri Extension and the Healthy Families Taskforce of Stone and Taney counties are looking for volunteers to help provide free basic income tax return preparation during the next filing season, January 26, 2015 to April 15, 2014.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provide free tax preparation to low-moderate income working families.  Volunteers are asked to work six hours per week during tax season at one of the VITA sites in Stone or Taney county. 

While volunteers need basic computer skills, accounting experience is not needed.  Volunteer orientation and trainings will be held in November and January.  MU Extension and the IRS provide free training and all materials needed to prepare basic individual income tax returns. If you would be like to be a volunteer, please contact Nellie Lamers with MU Extension at 417-546-4431 or email for an application. 

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