Child Care Development Fund

The Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) is a federal and state partnership program authorized under the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and administered by states, territories and tribes with funding and support from the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Child Care. States use CCDF to provide financial assistance to low-income families to access child care so they can work or attend a job training or educational program. In addition, states use the CCDF to invest in quality to benefit more children by building the skills and qualifications of the teacher workforce, supporting child care programs to achieve higher standards, and providing consumer education to help parents select child care that meets their families’ needs.

CCDF State Plan

The CCDF State Plan describes the activities to be administered by the State of Missouri for the duration of the plan. This plan is the primary mechanism the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Child Care uses to determine Missouri's compliance with the law under the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).

Past State Plans are available below:

Market Rate Survey

New! While provider rate changes typically coincide with the current Market Rate Survey, the Office of Childhood has identified a small number of rates that fell below the previous rate threshold. With the lack of child care being an ongoing concern, we have determined that decreasing rates at this time would not be in the best interest of the providers, families, or the state. Adjustments are being made to the new subsidy rates that decreased to bring those rates back to the prior amount, to be completed in January 2023.

The CCDF requires states to conduct a statistically valid and reliable Market Rate Survey (MRS) reflecting variations in the price paid for child care services by geographic area, provider type and age of the child. This report must be completed no earlier than two (2) years before the submission of the three-year State Plan.

Information about current child care rates is used to determine subsidy payment rates which helps to ensure equal access to child care. This would equate to access to child care which is comparable to child care received by and paid for by families who are ineligible for subsidies. The sole purpose of this study is to examine current market rates for child care in Missouri. The subsidy payment rate setting process is not a part of this study and is completed separately.

2021-2022 Child Care Market Rate Survey

Past Market Rate Surveys are available below: