A.P.P.L.E. Project

The A.P.P.L.E. Project is a comprehensive paperwork service which supports the independence of senior adults by providing individuals age 60 and older with counseling, advocacy, education and direct assistance with their paperwork needs. The service includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medicare and Supplemental Health Care Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Advance Directives
  • Financial Record-Keeping
  • Simple Tax Returns
  • Property Tax Credit
  • Credit and Billing Issues
  • Applications for Pension Benefits
  • Applications for Assistance
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Low Vision Resources

For more information, contact:

Regina Gooden, Director
(573) 651-5467
937 Broadway, Suite 202


Educare implements various grant-funded family and child care provider programs that strive to make the early childhood years the best learning years possible, to prepare children for school and the future and to empower parents and child care providers to be the best teachers they can be.

Educare programs include:

  • Home visits to families
  • Site visits to any type of child care provider (family homecare, group home, center, licensed, unlicensed, registered vendor)
  • Training and technical assistance to any child care provider
  • Resource library
  • Child Development Associate classes
  • Accreditation assistance
  • Parent education training
  • Family group meetings
  • Playgroups
  • Workshops
  • Community referrals

For more information, contact:

Amy McDonald, Director
Norma Sanders, Operations Supervisor
(573) 651-9171 ext. 101
Office location: 301 N. Clark

Hoover Center

The Hoover Center provides opportunities for senior adults age 60 and older. The programs offered at the center have been available through the Department of Human Environmental Studies since 1980.

The Senior Alive/Eldercare Program, an adult day care, is the only social, educational model of this type in southeast Missouri, and is licensed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The program provides supportive programming during daytime hours to well and frail senior adults age 60 and older. The program provides participants with the opportunity to pursue educational interests, interact socially and continue to access and contribute to the community.

The Senior Learning Program is an educational service designed to meet the learning and fitness needs of senior adults. This program emphasizes social interaction between participants and targets active individuals who are 60 years of age and older with an interest in self improvement and mental stimulation. The Senior Learning Program enables older adults to remain active and independent members of their families and communities.

For more information, contact:

Lynn Ware, Director
(573) 290-5944
Office Location: 805 N. Sprigg

Horizons Enrichment Center

The Horizons Enrichment Center offers a safe, nurturing environment for developmentally disabled adults living in or near Cape Girardeau. This day program, which is available to individuals who are not participating in adult habilitation or employment situations, provides appropriate supervision, exercise, recreation, ongoing educational or training opportunities, social interaction and community involvement in a safe, warm and caring atmosphere.

Horizons Enrichment Center is certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and is licensed by the Division of Aging. Funding is provided through a multitude of funding organizations and through private donations.

For more information, contact:

Cindy Schmoll, Director
(573) 290-5115
Office location: 2100 Themis, Suite C

Gerontology Initiatives

Gerontology is the study of the aging process and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life. Southeast’s Institute of Gerontology is dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary research, providing professional and community gerontological education and promoting community service opportunities for faculty and students. The institute is focused on advancing the development and coordination of academic programs in gerontology and securing external funding that will enhance teaching and research opportunities for faculty and students.

For more information, contact:

Desma Reno, Director
(573) 651-5194
Office location:

Law Enforcement Academy

The Law Enforcement Academy provides pre-service and in-service officers with a variety of law enforcement training and skills. The academy offers basic law enforcement training as well as advanced training and specialized continuing education programs, all taught by law enforcement professionals with years of experience.

Many courses are offered on weekends or evenings, and admission fees vary depending on the training. The academy is currently located at Southeast Missouri State University, with plans to move to a new off-campus facility. The academy also conducts firearms training at ranges in Benton and Steele, Mo.

For more information, contact:

Carl Kinnison, Director
(573) 290-5110

S.H.O.W. Mobile

The S.H.O.W. Mobile is a 38-foot mobile health center outfitted with medical equipment thanks to a federally directed earmark supported by the Missouri Congressional delegation. The unit will travel in the four Bootheel counties of Pemiscot, Dunklin, Mississippi and New Madrid.

Staffed by a family nurse practitioner, registered professional nurse driver and local volunteer healthcare professionals, this mobile health unit will educate residents on health promotion and disease prevention and will provide health and dental services, including care for acute and chronic illnesses to those who have little or no access to services.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Gloria Green, Director
Phone: (573) 651-5961
Office Location: Crisp Hall, Room 213

University School for Young Children

The University School for Young Children provides quality child care and education to families in the Cape Girardeau area.  The program was formed by the merging of two University programs, the Center for Child Studies and the University Child Enrichment Center and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

 The University School for Young Children serves children ages six weeks to six years of age and it operates from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm daily, closing at 4:30 during the summer and spring break.  Fees are set according to child’s age and hours of attendance, with discounts for children of faculty, staff, administration and students of Southeast Missouri State University.

The University School for Young Children is located at 2089 Bessie Street. 

For more information, contact:

Tammy Davis & Becky Moore, Co-Directors
Joy Burnette, Operations Supervisor
(573) 290-5135
Office Location: 2089 Bessie

Prevention Resource Center

The Prevention Resource Center promotes and facilitates the development of community programs aimed at the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. The office has been designated a Regional Support Center by the Missouri Department of Mental Health: Division of Behavioral Health. The Regional Support Center (RSC) is the primary source of technical assistance support for coalition teams. The goal of the RSC is to facilitate development of coalition teams capable of making changes in substance use patterns in their community. The RSC has a prevention specialist who works directly with the coalition teams in Service Area 21. Service Area 21 consists of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Madison, Perry, Sainte Genevieve, and Scott Counties. The RSC assists with the development of teams and task forces in communities. Each coalition team is composed of community volunteers from the area served. These coalition teams focus solely on youth prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug issues (ATOD). Coalition teams receive technical assistance and training from the Regional Support Center on a variety of topics related to organization development and implementation of prevention strategies. The RSC has been in operation for over 20 years at Southeast Missouri State University.

For more information, contact:

Jeremy Barnes, Director
(573) 651-2782
Office location: Parker Building 215A

Annie Jansen, Prevention Advocate
(573) 651-5081
Office location: Parker Building 204/205


Crisp Hall 132
College of Health & Human Services
One University Plaza, MS 8000
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701