Our work in the community

Did you know the child care industry…

  • Employs 34,000 people in more than 5,000 small businesses?
  • Produces $635 million in gross annual revenues?
  • Pays over $400 million a year in wages?
  • Prepares 181,000 citizens for long-term workplace success?
  • Generates $6 billion in outputs?
  • Leverages $255 million in federal funds each year?
  • Supports 120,000 workers in other industries?

Child Care Aware® of Southern Missouri works with communities across the region, building collaborative efforts with business and civic leaders to ensure safe and enriching child care for all children and their families. Examples of the services we offer to Missouri communities and businesses include:

  • Data reports on child care supply and demand
  • Community needs assessments
  • Compilation of national and state research findings of relevance to community initiatives
  • Administration of community-based funding to improve quality in child care and early education programs
  • Onsite consultations to businesses interested in supporting their employees child care options

For More Information on date requests visit Child Care Aware® of Missouri’s website!

Participate in community meetings which revolve around families and early childhood issues

Several communities have meetings where community members come together to discuss issues related to children and families. For example, in Springfield, the Early Care and Education committee has been meeting for over 15 years to address early childhood issues.  Supporting the efforts of community meetings such as early care is a way to support the every day lives of the families working for you. For more information about the Early Care and Education Committee or to find out if there is a committee in your area call contact our office at 417-887-3545 or 800-743-8497.

Be an advocate for early childhood issues

For more information on how you can be an advocate for your families and their children check out our Public Policy page.

Business and community resources

Primary funding provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, Early Childhood and Prevention Services Section