Children & Families

Resources and Support Services

Free Referrals

Missouri’s Early Care and Education Resource and Referral Network coordinates and provides resource and referral services to early care professionals, children, and families in Missouri. Our team provides referrals to parents and guardians to help meet their specific needs. Referrals allow families to explore early education options in their area, including programs with traditional hours or that offer evening and weekend care, center-based, home-based, licensed, license-exempt, programs accepting subsidy, school district early learning centers, bilingual and language immersion programs and more.

We are in the process of developing a searchable database for locating childcare. Additionally, through a separate state contract, a database is being developed to house region-specific resources for families. United 4 Children will be working with Community Leaders across the state to identify resources to add to this database. In the meantime, for help finding childcare that meets your child’s needs or for questions about community resources, please reach out to our community support specialists.

Talk to a Community Support Specialist

 (314) 266-1474 for Early Care and Education Resource & Referral 

(314) 266-1475 for Parents or Guardians looking for Child Care

Email us at programresources@united4children.org

Temporary Hours of Operation for July – August:

 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

If you need to connect with us outside of these hours 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.

Full Hours of Operation Beginning September 2023:

8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday – Friday; 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 

Online Childcare Referral System

Soon, you’ll be able to create an accont or login as a guest and search for center or home childcare options near your zip code.

Resources for Families

State Resources

This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

Interpretation Services

This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

    • How to locate bilingual or language immersion programs coming soon.
    Foster & Adoptive Care

    This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

     

    Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health

    This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

     Zero to Three 

    Crisis Resources 

      Developmental Milestones

      This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

      Health and Wellness

      This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

      • Learn more about Immunization Requirements 
      • Lead Exposure 
      • Safe Sleep 
        • Pack N Plays 
      • Health Department Locations by County 
      • How Families Can Access 
        • Diaper Banks and Baby Wipes 
        • Food Pantries, including Healthy Blue 
        • Clothing Support 
        • Housing 
        • Literacy Programs 
      What does a quality childcare program look like?

      This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

      Resources coming soon:

      • Program Quality document 
      • Sample schedule for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers 
      • Appropriate class sizes (licensing and/or accreditation) 
      • Appropriate classroom materials 
      • Understanding program policies and procedures (e.g., parent handbook, contract for care) 
      Explaining child care subsidies

      This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

      Graphic coming soon: Explaining child care subsidies

      Learn more from DHSS here.

      Types of child care settings

      This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

      • Home-based 
      • Center-based 
      • Group Homes 
      • Licensed 
      • Six or Fewer 
      Resources for Children of Justice Involved Parents

      This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

      Regional Resource List to Support Young Children of Justice Involved Parents  

      Sesame Workshop resources for children of incarcerated family members

       

      Displaced Families Resources

      This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

      • Emergency Shelters by Region Coming Soon
      • School District Liaisons Coming Soon
      Military Families

      This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

      Regional Resources for Military Families Coming Soon

      Check out this national resource for Military Families here.

      Play Groups

        This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

        • The Importance of Play resource coming soon.
        • Regional Play Groups list coming soon.
        Children with cognitive or developmental delays

        This page is under development. More information is coming soon on resources related to:

        Supporting children with cognitive or developmental delays

         

        Funding Statement

        Early Care and Education Resource and Referral services are in-part funded by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Childhood.

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