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Click one of the buttons below to learn more about state and community resources potentially available for your use.   

Find Child Care Near You

In the child care database below, you can look for child care programs near a specific address or school and find those that have just what your family needs. If at any moment you need assistance, please call or start a chat with our amazing staff. We are happy to help! 

Early Care and Education Resource and Referral

As Missouri’s Early Care and Education Resource and Referral Network, United 4 Children provides resource and referral services to early care professionals, children, and families throughout Missouri. 

  • We help parents and guardians: Locate and select high-quality Early Care and Education services that meet their needs.
  • We offer early educators in all types of childcare settings: Connections to local resources to support their service to children and families.
  • We help community advocates and social workers: Connect families to local childcare options and resources throughout the state of Missouri.

 

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Talk to a Community Support Specialist

Call Us At:
1-866-583-2392 (TTY/TTD)

Email Us At
programresources@united4children.org

Please select the chat in the bottom right corner of the webpage to chat with us. To request a video chat, please email us.

Full Hours of Operation:

8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday – Friday;

12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

If you need to connect with us outside of these hours or would like to speak with a Community Support Specialist in-person (St. Louis area only) or over video conference, please call and leave a message with the best way to contact you (text, phone, email) and we will return your call within 24 hours.

Family Education Packets

United 4 Children has developed a series of family education packets to put the information your family needs at your fingertips! Click the topics below to learn more. 

Finding Quality Child Care (PDF)

Keeping Your Child Safe (PDF)

School Readiness (PDF)

Support in Your Region (PDF)

Your Child’s Development (PDF)

If You Would Like to Request a Physical Copy of the Packets, Or Require Them in a Language Other than English, Please Fill Out the Information Below:

Would You Like to Receive a Digital Copy via Email or Have a Physical Copy Sent to Your Provided Mailing Address?

Which Packet(s) Would You Like to Receive? (Select all that Apply)

Missouri Childhood Community Leaders

Childhood community leaders, in partnership with United 4 Children, identify and connect families with resources that ensure children are safe, healthy, and successful learners. Community Leaders also coordinate early care and education efforts in their region. 

State Assistance Resources

Help with Your Child Care Costs

To qualify for child care assistance in Missouri, families must:

  • Have a child from birth to age 13, a child with special needs, or a child receiving protective services.
  • Need child care to work, search for work, participate in job training, or attend school.
  • Be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level.

Visit the Missouri Office of Childhood’s Child Care Data System to find out if you may be eligible for help with your child care cost.

Visit the Missouri Office of Childhood’s Child Care Data System to learn more about applying for help with child care costs.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will pay the state base rate, which is an amount determined based on where your provider is located and the type of provider you choose. You may be responsible for paying certain fees, such as sliding fees.

View the Child Care Subsidy Program brochure to learn more.

Applying for State Support

The Temporary Assistance (TA) program provides temporary cash assistance benefitting your household’s children. The funds provided can be used to purchase clothing, utilities and other services.

The Supplemental Assistance Program (SNAP) assists families with buying food and food products.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides supplemental food, health care referrals, nutrition education and breastfeeding promotion to eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five. Fathers, grandparents, guardians, and foster parents may also apply for benefits for the children living in their household.

The 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 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides families with assistance in home energy services, like heating and cooling,

Visit the Missouri Department of Labor’s website for a comprehensive list of public programs and services.

Physical Health Resources

Child Development Support

Developmental milestones are a set of skills or age-specific tasks that most children can do during a certain age range. Each child is unique and may reach milestones at a varying pace, so it is important to learn about the different stages of development. Parents may want to consult the child’s doctor if they have any concerns.

Developmental monitoring is observing how your child grows and changes over time. It is an on-going process, beginning at birth, which helps families recognize if their child might be at risk for any developmental delays. Developmental screening takes a closer look at how a child is developing. It is a more formal process of checking a child’s development. Screening goes beyond monitoring a child and allows for more specific information to help identify possible developmental delays that may need further evaluation by a professional.

To speak with a United 4 Children Inclusion Specialist about your child’s development , please call: 1-800-467-2322

Prenatal Development and Support

Prenatal care, or health care during pregnancy, is very important for the health of a mother and her unborn child. Effective prenatal care can reduce the risk of complications, help identify and prevent health issues, and improve birth outcomes.

 

Medical Screenings & Vaccination Recommendations

Newborn screenings are performed shortly after birth to protect them from the serious effects of disorders that otherwise may not be detected for several days, months, or even years. Missouri law requires all babies born in the state to be screened for over 70 different disorders.

Most vaccine-preventable diseases are caused by viruses or bacteria. Vaccines prevent these diseases by helping your child’s body recognize and fight these germs more effectively. Several vaccinations are mandatory for your child’s enrollment into child care and kindergarten.

 

MO HealthNet

If you do not have health insurance or need help paying for your health care, you may be eligible for coverage through Missouri’s Medicaid program, called MO HealthNet.

 

Lead Exposure & Environmental Health Factors

Many things in the environment can affect your child’s health. Hazardous substances found in the air, soil and water can originate from a variety of sources, such as agricultural and industrial activities, mining operations, landfills and leaky underground storage tanks.

Lead poisoning is one of the most common and preventable environmental health problems in Missouri. Lead exposure in children can cause learning and behavioral problems, lower IQ levels and interfere with growth and hearing. The only way to know if a child has lead poisoning is to have his or her blood tested.

Mental Health Resources

Accessing Mental Health Services and Screening: Perinatal Depression

Perinatal depression is a mood disorder that occurs during pregnancy and after childbirth. The symptoms can range from mild to severe. In rare cases, the symptoms are severe enough that a mother and her baby’s health and well-being may be at risk.

Accessing Early Childhood Mental Health Services

The Missouri Department of Mental Health offers mother, infant, and early child services to help improve the lives of Missouri’s children and families.

Crisis & Homeless Resources

Domestic Violence: How to Reach Out

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, please call the following resources to get help now:

Visit the Missouri Department of Social Services’ website for more resources and assistance regarding domestic violence.

Resources for Children and Families Experiencing Abuse

If you see something, say something. Anyone can report suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation to the Missouri Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline.

If you are hearing or speech impaired, call Relay Missouri at:

Visit the Missouri Department of Social Services’ website to learn more.

Support for Homeless Children

Each school district has a liaison to support children suffering from homelessness, and resources are available for parents and children struggling with housing-related problems.

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