Missouri Child Care and Resource Referral Network

LINC also works with and supports the Missouri Child Care Resource and Referral Network which provides valuable information about child care providers including professional development opportunities, particularly for providers who need clock hours to meet continuing education requirements.

Funding provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children's Division, Early Childhood and Prevention Services Section

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Assures that nutritious meals and snacks are served to children and eligible adults enrolled in child care centers, family child care homes, after school programs, emergency shelters, and adult day care programs by providing reimbursement for meals that meet minimum nutritional standards. The CACFP requires that well-balanced meals are served and good eating habits are taught. The CACFP also provides training and technical assistance on nutrition, food service operations, program management, nutrition education and recordkeeping.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri

This is the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency in Missouri. Information is available for parents, early care and education programs, and the general public about the many benefits of quality early learning. Partnering with state government agencies on system building and working with legislators on policy that affects early childhood, this network works to improve outcomes for children and families.

Disaster and Emergency Planning

In an emergency, thorough preparation is key to an effective response. Missouri’s child care providers, large and small, licensed or non-licensed, need to be prepared for any type of emergency. Ready in 3 outlines steps you can take now to prepare your facilities, staff and the individuals in your care. Preparing today can save lives!

Food Stamp program

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 renamed the federal program the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) effective October 1, 2008. SNAP is designed to promote the general welfare and safeguard the health and well-being of the nation’s population by raising the levels of nutrition among low-income households. The program is called the Food Stamp Program in Missouri.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Laws and regulations for children with special needs from birth through three years (Part C) and three years to 21 years of age (Part B).

United 4 Children’s Inclusion Specialists offer the services to assist you as you work to meet the needs of children with special needs in your centers and homes. Telephone or on-site technical assistance, short term observations, consultation and training specific to the needs of a particular child are provided free of charge. To reach your Inclusion Specialist please call 1-800-467-2322.


Missouri Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP has two components: Energy Assistance/Regular Heating (EA) and Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP). EA is designed to provide financial assistance to help pay heating bills for Missourians during the months of October, November, December, January, February, and March. Eligibility requirements for EA are based on income, household size, available resources and responsibility for payment of home heating costs. Eligibility for EA may also qualify individuals for additional financial assistance through ECIP.

Missouri’s Medicaid program

Called MO HealthNet. MO HealthNet covers qualified medical expenses for individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements. Eligible individuals receive a “MO HealthNet Identification Card” or a letter from the Family Support Division identifying them as eligible for certain medical care services.

MO HealthNet (Medicaid) for Families

Provides medical care for children under 19 years of age whose family income falls within certain guidelines. After your application has been processed, you will receive a letter from the Family Support Division. If family members are eligible for services, they will be issued a “MO HealthNet Identification Card,” and explanation of the medical services available to them.


Is a free program offering information on many topics helpful to families. ParentLink is operated by the University of Missouri. Parenting Specialists maintain a confidential toll-free warm-line at 800-552-8522 (en Español, 888-460-0008).

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

a program designed to provide cash benefits to low-income families for the household’s children such as clothing, utilities and other services. Upon approval of TANF, the recipient must participate in employment and training services through the Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) program. The MWA program helps TANF recipients transition from TANF to a job by helping set goals and get the skills needed to find a job and support the recipient’s family.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A special supplemental nutrition program which provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility.  The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care.  Supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants.