Child Care Subsidy News, Updates, & Information

Welcome to the child care subsidy news, updates, and information page. On January 28, 2021, Governor Mike Parson and the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Health and Senior Services, and Social Services announced nearly all early childhood programs across state government will be consolidated in a single Office of Childhood. This transition to one office will allow early childhood work across state government to become more streamlined and effective. To keep up to date with news & legislation related to child care, notices regarding upcoming changes, and to access important program information & documents, please visit us regularly.

Program Information
Rules & Regulations

The Office of Childhood (OOC) filed a proposed rule change to 5 CSR 25-200.060 Eligibility and Authorization for Child Care. The proposed changes are due to the transition of the child care subsidy program to the OOC and ensure that current practices for eligibility criteria and applicant processes are in state regulation. The changes do not affect the day-to-day practices of families applying for child care subsidy or state agencies who work with the child care subsidy program.

Full text of the proposed rule change, including incorporated by reference material is below. As you review these rules, any language that the OOC is proposing to remove will be [italicized and in brackets] and any language OOC is proposing to add will be in bold.

To submit a comment on the proposed rules contained in 5 CSR 25-200.060, take our survey. The survey will be open through November 2, 2022.

Report a Serious Injury or Death

Child care providers are required to report a child death or serious injury within 24 hours of the incident. You can make a report by filling out a form on the Child Care Serious Injury or Death webpage.

Incidents that require a report include, but are not limited to: 

  • the death of a child if the child died in your care;
  • a serious injury that results in the child getting professional medical treatment while in your care; or
  • the death of a child you care for if the child died from a contagious disease.