The Educare Program helps childcare providers prepare children for success in school and life.

Are you:

  • A Family Child Care Home,
  • License Exempt, or
  • Licensed Program caring for children ages 0-6?

Do you want to:                                                                                               

  • Make yourself more marketable?
  • Get more resources for your childcare?
  • Help the children in your program get ready for success in school?
  • Learn how to support families with community resources?
  • Meet other home providers in your area?

 Educare will provide:

  • Materials to use in your childcare program (valued at more than $500)
  • New, innovative ideas to improve your work with children
  • Opportunities for you to learn and network with other providers in your area
  • Free registration for sponsored educational events/trainings
  • Free on-site visits to partner with you as you improve the services you provide to parents and children (valued at $1,500)
  • Free admission to monthly support meetings that introduce the Missouri Pre-K Standards

Sign up for Educare and start receiving resources for the children in your care.

Educare serves St Louis City and County. Funding for Educare is provided by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Office of Childhood.

Learn more:


Phone: (314) 531-1412 ext. 190

TTY: (314) 535-6560
Toll-Free: (800) 467-2322
Fax: (314) 531-4184


Staff Members

Adrienne Humphries

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Andrea Walton

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Shantell Goldsby

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Kim Dunn, Assistant Early Childhood

Kim Dunn

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Rachel Barber

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What is Educare?

The Educare program is funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Office of Childhood.  In this region the Educare program is managed by United 4 Children.  We support registered & licensed childcare providers who are caring for children for most of the day.  You must be caring for at least one child age birth to six, and at least one child in care must be receiving state childcare subsidy.  The provider and Educare specialist will work together to make sure children are ready to succeed in school.

Is there a cost to participate in the Educare program?

Participation in the Educare program is voluntary and there is no cost to participate.

The children I care for are family members. Can I participate in Educare if I am caring for my grandchildren or my nieces and nephews?

Yes!  Caregivers who are relatives are encouraged to participate.  You are committed to the growth and well-being of children and play a critical role in preparing children for school success.

I’m busy.  How much time will it take to participate in Educare?

We will make an appointment to visit you in your program every 4-6 weeks. You will work with us during hours when children are present.  During this time, you will develop plans to help you in your work with children and families and to assist you with your home childcare business.  You will also be invited to attend a networking meeting with other home childcare providers in your area 3-4 times per year.

I don’t feel comfortable having a stranger come into my home. Who are the Educare Specialists and what are their credentials?

Staff are early care and education professionals with many years of experience working with families and childcare providers in homes and in the community.  The Educare team is registered with the state Safety Care Registry and has completed an FBI background check.

Educare is a state-funded program.  Will you make a report on me to the state?

No.  The purpose of the Educare program is to improve outcomes for all young children who are cared for by registered providers like you.  Educare is not a regulatory program; however, just like you, staff are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect.


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

5501 Delmar Blvd.
Suite B520
Saint Louis, MO 63112