Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.
Child Care Aware® of America: The nation’s most respected hub of information for parents and child care providers, Child Care Aware® of America provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs and helps families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities.
Child Development Associate® Credential (CDA):The CDA Program is designed to assess and credential early childhood education professionals. This is a nationally recognized credential earned by a child care professional and honored throughout the country.
Federal Child And Adult Food Program (CACFP): This program plays a vital role in improving the quality of care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families. Through CACFP, more than 3.2 million children and 112,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the daily care they receive.
Let’s Move!: A comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping children become more physically active.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): NAEYC provides professional development resources for early childhood providers. You can find information on developmentally appropriate practice in the classroom, working with families and the latest research and discussion about teaching young children.
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC): NAFCC represents professional providers throughout the United States and in some cases on US Military bases located internationally. NAFCC is dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.
National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI): NBCDI has worked for 40 years to improve and advance the lives of Black children and their families, through advocacy and education. The focus of the work is to improve child welfare services, make universal early care and education a reality, build family support services, and press for educational reform and provide vital information regarding our children’s health.
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education: This site provides information and resources for child care providers and families about general licensing facts, child health and nutrition and the overall care of children.
Office of Child Care: Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, The Office of Child Care supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs. The Office of Child Care was established in September 2010 and replaces the former Child Care Bureau.
Zero to Three: A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers with a mission to promote the health and development of all young children.
Association for the Education of Young Children – Missouri (AEYC-MO): A state affiliate of NAEYC, this organization work to improve the well-being of all young children by focusing on quality educational and developmental services for children from birth through age eight and fostering excellence in early childhood systems and programs through advocacy, education, professional development.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): assures that nutritious meals and snacks are served to children and eligible adults enrolled in child care centers, family child care homes, after school programs, emergency shelters, and adult day care programs by providing reimbursement for meals that meet minimum nutritional standards. The CACFP requires that well-balanced meals are served and good eating habits are taught. The CACFP also provides training and technical assistance on nutrition, food service operations, program management, nutrition education and recordkeeping.
Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Unit: (CA/NHU) accepts confidential reports of suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Reports are received through a toll-free telephone line which is answered seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Members of certain occupational groups, such as teachers, social workers, and physicians, are mandated by law to make reports to the Hotline. Any person may report, and anonymous reports are accepted from individuals who are not mandated by occupation to report. Effective August 28, 2004, Missouri law requires Mandated Reporters to identify themselves when making a report.
Toll-free number: 800-392-3738
For persons calling from outside Missouri: 573-751-3448
Text telephone number: 800-669-8689
Department of Social Services (DSS), Early Childhood Grants and Resources: DSS administers funding to promote quality and safety in early care and education environments.
Early Education and Child Care at Mo.gov: State web site with general information on child care licensing and state related agencies that serve children. There is also a link to the state child abuse and neglect hotline.
Food Stamp program: The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 renamed the federal program the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) effective October 1, 2008. SNAP is designed to promote the general welfare and safeguard the health and well-being of the nation’s population by raising the levels of nutrition among low-income households. The program is called the Food Stamp Program in Missouri.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – Laws and regulations for children with special needs from birth through three years (Part C) and three years to 21 years of age (Part B).
Missouri Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership Project: a nationally recognized effort to increase the capacity of and access to care for this vulnerable age group and to provide parents with a wider variety of quality child care settings from which to choose. A portion of HB 1519 funding was used to create partnerships between Early Head Start (serving children birth to age 3) and community child care homes and centers. The benefits of this partnership include allowing Missouri to maximize state funds by drawing down additional federal funds through a partnership with the Administration for Children and Families. It also positively impacts the overall quality of care in communities, and maximizes the number of children receiving benefits from this funding.
Missouri Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): has two components: Energy Assistance/Regular Heating (EA) and Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP). EA is designed to provide financial assistance to help pay heating bills for Missourians during the months of October, November, December, January, February, and March. Eligibility requirements for EA are based on income, household size, available resources and responsibility for payment of home heating costs. Eligibility for EA may also qualify individuals for additional financial assistance through ECIP.
Missouri’s Medicaid program is called MO HealthNet. MO HealthNet covers qualified medical expenses for individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements. Eligible individuals receive a “MO HealthNet Identification Card” or a letter from the Family Support Division identifying them as eligible for certain medical care services.
MO HealthNet (Medicaid) for Families: provides medical care for children under 19 years of age whose family income falls within certain guidelines. After your application has been processed, you will receive a letter from the Family Support Division. If you are eligible for services, you will be issued a “MO HealthNet Identification Card,” and explanation of the medical services available to you.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Missouri Scholarship: A scholarship and compensation opportunity designed specifically for early childhood professionals working at least 30 hours or more a week with children birth to five years of age in a licensed childcare program. T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI allows child care professionals to earn up to 15 college credit hours a year towards a degree in early childhood education. The scholarship links education, compensation and commitment to improving the quality of early childhood care and education programs for young children.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): a program designed to provide cash benefits to low-income families for the household’s children such as clothing, utilities and other services. Upon approval of TANF, the recipient must participate in employment and training services through the Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) program. The MWA program helps TANF recipients transition from TANF to a job by helping set goals and get the skills needed to find a job and support the recipient’s family.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC): a special supplemental nutrition program which provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. Supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants.
Contact your local Child Care Aware® of Missouri regional agency to find information on starting a child care program.