Child Care Subsidy

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 Department of Elementary and Secondary (DESE) partners with local child care providers to offer subsidized care through the Child Care Subsidy Program. Child care providers must be contracted or registered with DESE to receive payment for care provided to subsidy-eligible children.