Are you in need of child care?

If you are located in the Springfield area the Early Childhood One Stop can assist you in collaboration with our state office.  You can reach us at 417-887-3545.  If you live outside Springfield, Child Care Aware® of Missouri can help you by phone at 1-866-892-3228 or click the link above to be directed to the online referral service.

Do you have questions about child care?

We’re here to help!  Below you will find information on choosing quality care including types of care, basic licensing information, as well as information on how you can receive assistance in paying for child care.  Just click on the link!

Missouri's Action and Information Center

Become an advocate!

You truly are your child’s best advocate. Sign up for the Missouri’s Action and Information Center which has information on hot topics, pending state and federal legislation affecting children, etc.


Check out our Public Policy information where you can connect to your elected officials, learn more about the issues that are important to childcare, and link to other groups who support children’s issues.

Parenting Resources

Parenting is hard work and extremely rewarding at the same time.  We want you to be the best parent you can be and that’s why we think these resources might be helpful:

Do you live in the Springfield area?  If you do the Early Childhood One Stop can help!

Find a Parents As Teachers educator in your area for parenting information!

Missouri ParentLink is a great over the phone or online resource.

Military family resources

While you’re deployed finding and paying for child care is only one of the challenges many families face.  Here are some resources available to military families on a variety of topics:

Military OneSource Provides assistance with employment, car repair, counseling, money management, & any other services!

Warrior Wives is an outreach organization in support of military wives.

Sesame Workshop has resources available through their Sesame Street for Military Families website.

Military Kids Connect is an online community for military children ages 6-17 that provides access to age-appropriate resources.

Do you have a child with special needs?

Although there are some child care facilities that specialize in caring for children with disabilities or special needs, most facilities are not specialized.  Our staff is available to help families find inclusive child care programs in your community.  You can also search on your own just as you would for any type of child care program by visiting our online referral search.

Tips for talking to child care providers about your child with special needs

  • Talk clearly about your child’s strengths and qualities.
  • Tell the child care provider about your child, his routines, her dislikes, what makes him or her happy or sad.
  • Be honest about what your child needs, including any special assistance or special equipment.
  • Be willing to help your provider solve problems that might come up.
  • Remember that you know your child better than anyone else. Stand up for your child’s rights and trust your knowledge and your ability to share what you have learned about your child.

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