Become a Subsidy Provider

Child care subsidy providers serve an important role in our community. Not only do they provide an environment that offers children access to early learning and literacy, they also lessen the burden of the cost of care for low income families across the state. By entering into a contract with DESE/Office of Childhood (OOC), subsidy providers receive subsidy payments directly from the state for services rendered. Subsidy payments offset the full cost of child care, leaving parents responsible for only a small portion of the cost. The cost to the parent is known as the sliding scale fee. Sliding scale fees can range from $1 per year to $5 per day depending on the financial need of the parent(s).

Providers who are licensed, accredited, and/or serving underserved populations may also be eligible for enhanced subsidy rates.

Subsidy Provider Types

Six or Fewer Provider

This provider type does not require a license as long as the they do not care for more than 6 children or more than three children under two years old in their home or in the home of the child(ren). Click the checklist below to get started.

Initial Application Checklist

Licensed Provider

This provider type is licensed through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) which meets most of the child care subsidy requirements. In order for a licensed child care provider to receive child care subsidy, they must apply and complete 3 additional trainings. Click the checklist to get started.

Initial Application Checklist

Licensed-Exempt Provider

This provider type is exempt from licensure and includes schools, summer camps, and religious organizations. Click the checklist to get started.

Initial Application Checklist

Out of State Provider

This provider type is not located in the State of Missouri but serves Missouri children receiving child care subsidy. They are required to either be licensed and/or contracted to receive child care subsidy in the state where they are located.

Please contact the Child Care Subsidy section at or 573-256-3011