Childcare is Essential

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United 4 Children makes children a priority. By providing children with healthy meals, creating safe places to learn and play, and providing social-emotional and inclusive services for children with special needs or challenging behaviors – United 4 Children ensures every child has the foundation to thrive.

United 4 Children provides high-quality support to childcare and afterschool programs so that families can feel at ease knowing their children, regardless of ability, are receiving the best care possible and have every opportunity to succeed.


Join a fierce community of monthly givers. There will be a day when we get to celebrate every child having the foundation to thrive — regardless of race, zip code, or ability. Let’s celebrate that day together.  

Change 4 Children is a monthly giving program — an opportunity to donate a set amount each month to build equitable, quality educational experiences for our region’s children. 

Your gift makes an immediate and lasting impact on our region’s childhood educators – essential workers who provide crucial support to families and give children a safe place to learn and grow.

    Nutrition Services

    Let us sponsor your childcare home on the Child and Adult Care Food Program!

    We are an official sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for family childcare home providers for the entire state of Missouri, including Kansas City and the surrounding areas! We provide child nutrition education and reimbursement for meals and snacks served to children that meet the USDA guidelines.  Both licensed and registered/exempt childcare providers may qualify to participate in this food program.



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    families and providers impacted in 2021


    meals and snacks served in 2021


    administered through 300 trainings in 2021


    reached through trainings in 2021

    Upcoming Events + Educator Trainings

    United 4 Children hosts events throughout the year, including quarterly Lunch & Learns that dive deeper into how United 4 Children addresses inequity in early childhood education. United 4 Children also holds free, clock-hour approved trainings for childhood educators.

    Building the Preschool to Promise Pipeline Conference

    United 4 Children’s annual Building the Preschool to Promise Pipeline Conference aims to disrupt the preschool to prison pipeline by providing education and resources needed to build equity in early childhood education.  

    This year’s conference will be open to all community members interested in learning more about early childhood education’s key role in building a promising future for our communities. Conference training sessions will be Missouri clock-hour approved professional development hours for early childhood educators. At the conclusion of the conference, we will host a networking event.


    The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and its Office of Early Learning named United 4 Children as the community leader to help bring the Regional Hub Approach to St. Louis – a coordinated support system that will guarantee families have the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions that impact the safety, health, and education of their children.


    “Offering an afterschool program which gives the students various learning opportunities that expand their knowledge base in the fast-paced 21st-century world is an asset to our school.”

    -Yvonne Boyd

    “Working with the Social Emotional Early Childhood (SEEC) instructors has truly impacted how we structure our day and our interactions with the children. In the past, we have tried to make sure that our classroom is child-centered and our children know that their feelings matter.”

    -Candis Cannady
    Toddler Teacher

    “My kids have so much fun with the materials that you brought. My granddaughter loves to tell stories with the felt board and puppets. These items really help to build her imagination.”

    Childcare Provider

    “I just received an excellent training from Deborah Taylor called ‘Building Strong Children.’ At the core of the training was a teaching of empathy and how difficult some of these children’s lives are. I was raised in a rural area and have not always understood what the children’s lives in an urban area are really like.”

    -Spencer Miller
    Buder Elementary ASAP Site

    “As a lifelong educator, I always knew that I wanted to further my education but at the time, I was a single mom and with a full-time job. This meant I didn’t have much time to squeeze school into my schedule. My Director at the time notified me that they were affiliated within PAQ Normandy footprint (United 4 Children).”

    -India Parker-Houston
    Early Educator

    “Children are our future. The ability to enhance children’s education process in the afterschool programs has been very successful at Froebel. Through the exciting and supportive staff members, my experience has been very enjoyable. I received great professional development from United 4 Children, ASAP and Neighborhood Houses.”

    -Arelene Thomas
    Froebel Site Manager

    I was able to get two new and much needed kitchen sets, light table equipment, outdoor toys, a new sensory table for the toddlers and so many awesome things for our center! We have not been able to purchase a new kitchen set for 20 years!!! THANK YOU for all the support and for all that you do, ESPECIALLY during this pandemic!!! YOU ROCK!!! Many organizations and many people say they will help or want to help, but you all do, not just say!!!

    -Lisa Scheer
    Director, Baden Christian Child Care Center, Inc.

    Phone: (314) 531-1412
    Toll-Free: (800) 467-2322
    Fax: (314) 531-4184

    5501 Delmar Blvd.
    Suite B520
    Saint Louis, MO 63112