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January 10, 2002

4: Statement of changes in beneficial ownership of securities

Published on January 10, 2002



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| FORM 4 | U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
+--------+ WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
[_] Check this box if
no longer subject STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP
to Section 16.
Form 4 or Form 5 Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities
obligations may Exchange Act of 1934, Section 17(a) of the
continue. See Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 or
Instruction 1(b). Section 30(f) of the Investment Company Act of 1940

(Print or Type Responses)

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1. Name and Address of Reporting Person*

Burlock, Jr. Walter E.
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(Last) (First) (Middle)

One Montgomery Street, Suite 3300
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(Street)

San Francisco CA 94104
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(City) (State) (Zip)


2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol Centene Corporation (CNTE)
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3. I.R.S. Identification Number of Reporting Person, if an entity
(voluntary)
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4. Statement for Month/Year December 2001
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5. If Amendment, Date of Original (Month/Year)
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6. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)

X Director ___ Officer ___ 10% Owner ___ Other
--- (give title below) (specify below)

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7. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)

X Form filed by One Reporting Person
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____ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I--Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned



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1. Title 2. Trans- 3. Trans- 4. Securities Acquired (A) 5. Amount of 6. Owner- 7. Nature
of action action or Disposed of (D) Securities ship of In-
Security Date Code (Instr. 3, 4 and 5) Beneficially Form: direct
(Instr. 3) (Month/ (Instr. 8) Owned at Direct Bene-
Day/ ----------------------------------------------- End of (D) or ficial
Year) Month Indirect Owner-
Code V Amount (A) or Price (Instr. 3 and 4) (I) ship
(D) (Instr. 4) (Instr. 4)
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Table II--Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)



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1. Title of Derivative 2. Conver- 3. Trans- 4. Transac- 5. Number of Deriv-
Security (Instr. 3) sion or action tion Code ative Securities
Exercise Date (Instr. 8) Acquired (A) or
Price of (Month/ Disposed of (D)
Deriv- Day/ (Instr. 3, 4, and 5)
ative Year)
Security

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Code V (A) (D)

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Series A Common Stock Option 1-for-1 12/18/01 J 20,000
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Common Stock Option 1.00 12/18/01 J 10,000
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Common Stock Option 1.333 12/18/01 J 10,000
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Table II--Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)


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6. Date Exer- 7. Title and Amount of 8. Price 9. Number 10. Owner- 11. Na-
cisable and Underlying Securities of of Deriv- ship ture
Expiration (Instr. 3 and 4) Deriv- ative Form of In-
Date ative Secur- of De- direct
(Month/Day/ Secur- ities rivative Bene-
Year) ity Bene- Securities ficial
(Instr. ficially Bene- Owner-
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Date Expira- Amount or at End Owned at (Instr.
Exer- tion Title Number of of End of 4)
cisable Date Shares Month Month(1)
(Instr. 4) (Instr. 4)
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Immed. Common Stock 20,000 -0- D
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Immed. 1/1/10 Common Stock 10,000 10,000 D
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Immed. 10/20/10 Common Stock 10,000 10,000 D
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Explanation of Responses:

J - The options to acquire Series A Common Stock automatically converted into
options to acquire Common Stock upon the closing of the Company's initial
public offering.


/s/ Walter E. Burlock, Jr. 1/10/02
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**Signature of Reporting Person Date

Reminder: Report on a separate line for each class of securities beneficially
owned directly or indirectly.

* If this form is filed by more than one reporting person, see
Instruction 4(b)(v).

** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal
Criminal Violations.
See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a).

Note: File three copies of this Form, one of which must be manually signed.
If space provided is insufficient, see Instruction 6 for procedure.