Your Assistance Is Needed!

Dear Child Care Providers,

The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), Children’s Division, Early Childhood Section would like to announce the launch of the 2018 Child Care Market Rate Survey!

This survey is for all child care providers, and gathers the prices families pay, or market rates, for early childhood care and education services by type of care, ages and populations served, and location. Your participation is very important! The information you provide will help set child care subsidy rates.  

This year, DSS is contracted with Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) to administer the survey; PCG will contact providers by email with survey information and additional updates. You may also receive a phone call from PCG offering to help you take the survey. If you have any questions, please call PCG at 1-844-735-7373 or email at

You can complete the survey online or by telephone.  To make the survey easier, we recommend you have your bookkeeping and payroll information at the ready.

We are inviting both licensed AND registered child care providers throughout the state to take the survey. You can take the survey at the following links:

The information you provide is confidential and your participation is voluntary.  Your choice to take part will not affect your ability to provide subsidized child care.  Your name will not be associated with your answers.  Any reports resulting from the survey will not include your name or the name of your business.  If you have any questions, please call PCG at 1-844-735-7373 or email at

If you complete the survey entirely, you will be entered to win 1 of 2 $100 Visa gift cards!

Thank you so much for your time and for the care you provide every day!