Assisting Missouri’s Childcare Centers
Many industries and small businesses have been largely impacted by COVID-19 and our childcare providers are certainly among them. Childcare providers have faced many challenges over the last year and half as they strive to continue caring for children amidst the pandemic. In response to this, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has initiated the rollout of Child Care Relief Funds. These funding opportunities are available to subsidy and non-subsidy providers.
In addition, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks has announced the Ozarks Early Childhood Support Grant Program. This program includes $300,000 available for nonprofit childcare centers serving children ages 6 weeks to pre-K in their efforts to increase their capacity to serve children in low-income communities.
Childcare plays a vital role in economic development. Working parents with young children need access to quality, affordable childcare to obtain and retain jobs. At the same time childcare providers provide a safe, nurturing, educational environment to help build our workforce of tomorrow. If you are a provider or interact with a childcare provider, help share these important funding opportunities to support our local and state economy.
The Missouri SBDC is available to assist all childcare providers as they start, grow and enhance their business. Childcare providers can request one-on-one business assistance from the Missouri SBDC here.