Child Care Aware® of Missouri serves as a community resource on child care throughout the state, helping families find quality child care, preschool and after-school programs for their children.  Child Care Aware® of Missouri coordinates the activities of the four local agencies that serve all 115 counties in Missouri.  The local agencies work with child care program owners, directors and teachers to improve the quality of their programs. Child Care Aware® of Missouri and the local agencies work with business and civic leaders to provide information on the value and importance of child care and collaborate with them to make child care safe and enriching for children.

Child Care Aware® of America formerly NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is the nation’s leading voice for child care. Working with more than 700 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide to help ensure that families in 99 percent of all populated ZIP codes in the United States have access to high-quality, affordable child care. NACCRRA leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.

The Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC-MO) works to improve the well being of all children especially those birth to 8 in Missouri.  A chapter of NAEYC, AEYC-MO offers local opportunities to be involved early childhood, as well as, provides information on advocacy.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is administered by the FDA.  Learn how you can be reimbursed for food costs and find great resources on nutrition.
Family Child Care Homes and Group Homes

Child Care Centers

The Children’s Trust Fund
 (CTF) is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention. CTF was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983 as a non-profit organization whose purpose is to prevent and/or alleviate child abuse and neglect.


If you suspect a child is being abused you can call
Missouri’s Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-392-3738

Keep children safe by checking product recalls through the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The Council for Professional Recognition promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education field for children aged birth to 5 years old. The Council administers the CDA, Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program.

Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, Child Care Services provides reimbursement to parents or direct payment to eligible child care providers. The purpose of the program is to assist families with child care expenses to allow the parents to work or to attend school or training programs.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education(DESE)/Early Learning includes information on Missouri Preschool Project grants, the annual Conference on the Young years and other early learning opportunities.

Missouri Accreditation
 provides quality standards for programs serving children from birth to school-age within the state of Missouri.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to improving the well being of all children, especially those birth to age 8.  For Accreditation and advocacy information, and the latest early childhood information check out the NAEYC website.

The National Association for Family Child Care  (NAFCC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.  NAFCC offers a national accreditation for family child care programs.

The Opportunities for a Professional Education Network, (OPEN) supports an integrated and seamless career development system for Missouri’s early childhood, school age/after-school and youth development professionals.  Projects include the Missouri Professional Development Registry, Trainer Authorization, and Assessment Projects.

Section for Child Care Regulation, A division of Regulation and Licensure with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The department licenses and inspects child care centers, group child care homes and in-home child care centers. License-exempt homes are also inspected to ensure that children are receiving the proper care.

Zero to Three is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policy makers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

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