Resources for Child Care Providers

This page provides community resources which can help child care providers and the children and families they serve.

Provider Subsidy Contacts

Childcare Registration Unit:

Childcare Payments Unit

Childcare Health and Safety Monitoring Unit


MO Child Abuse and Neglect

MO School Violence

MO Elderly Abuse/Neglect

Poison Control

Child Care Program Resources & Links 

Missouri Family Support Resources


Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)    

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) was established to improve the meals and snacks served in child and adult day care settings. Licensed and registered child care providers can participate. Providers are reimbursed for nutritious meals and snacks served to children. The CACFP also provides training and technical assistance on nutrition, food service operations, program management, nutrition education and recordkeeping.

 KC Area Home-based Providers call Child Nutrition Services: 816-453-8700.
Centers. Centers and other providers call:  1- 800-733-6251. 

Child Care Aware® of Missouri 

Child Care Aware 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. Providers can to take advantage of consulting services and technical assistance provided by Child Care Aware. Their referral service helps families locate the right caregiver. To improve referral services, providers are encouraged to contact Child Care Aware with details about their program.
Parent and Providers call: 1-866-892-3228 

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! DHSS also offers Child Care Emergency Preparedness information and a free 1 clock hour training here 

For additional fire escape planning tools and tips, visit 

Including children with Special Needs 

United 4 Children’s Inclusion Specialists offer free 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, call 1-800-467-2322 or visit

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).


Missouri Child Care Licensing (DHSS):

Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) provides oversight and information on Missouri child care licensingsafety standards and updated changes in the law, child care rules and regulations. They also offer many helpful resources such trainings and disaster plan templates. The KC area childcare Licensing office can be reached at 816-350-5450. 



ParentLink is a free program offering information on many topics helpful to families and childcare providers. Parenting Specialists maintain a confidential toll-free line at 800-552-8522 (en Español, 888-460-0008). The call center is available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 12 pm-5 pm. Parent Link addresses questions ranging from general development questions, such as questions about thumb sucking, toilet training, picky eating, or language development to questions about specific developmental disabilities or special healthcare needs, adolescent development, discipline and stress management.


KC Area Help Lines and Health Resource Guide
This guide lists clinics by location to help you find care as close to home as possible. It also lists the services you might need, such as vision care, obstetrics, child health, prescription assistance and more. For printed copies of the guide, please call the Regional Health Care Initiative staff at Mid-America Regional Council, 816-474-4240 or download the digital file.


Missouri Family Support Division, 

  • Child Care Subsidy Program,
    The Child Care Subsidy Program assists eligible parents/guardians with payments for child care in Missouri. The purpose of this program is to help families with the cost of child care so that they are able to focus on finding and holding steady jobs. The Early Childhood & Prevention Services Section of the Children's Division also helps to promote quality and safety in early care and education environments for all Missouri families. Print a MO Child Care Subsidy Application here.

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),
    Missouri Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program 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.

  • MO HealthNet (Medicaid),
    Missouri’s Medicaid program is 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 you are eligible for services, you will be issued a “MO HealthNet Identification Card,” and explanation of the medical services available to you.

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF),
    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is 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.

  • Food Stamp Program,
    The Food Stamp Program helps low-income individuals buy food. 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.

  • 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.