The Missouri Child Care Assistance program provides assistance with payment for child care on a sliding fee basis for eligible parents/guardians. The purpose of the program is to assist families with child care expenses to allow the parents to work or to attend school or training programs.
Contact your local Family Support Division (FSD) office to apply for Child Care Assistance if you need child care because you have a child under age 13, or age 13+ with a special need and:
City of St. Louis: 314-877-2000
St. Louis County: 314-877-4000
St. Charles County: 314-940-3186
For help locating a child care provider, contact Child Care Aware® of Missouri at 1-800-200-9017 or visit www.mo.childcareaware.org.
DSS provides assistance with child care through payment assistance. Eligibility is based on the reason care is needed, family’s gross monthly income (less health insurance premiums), and family size. There is a maximum amount that can be paid for each day of care provided – referred to as the state rate. The sliding fee is the portion of the state rate that you pay based on your family’s income before taxes (less health insurance premiums) and your family size. The rate and sliding fee information can be found at www.dss.mo.gov/cd/childcare/index.htm.
Grace Hill provides all-day care for children under the age of three at two fully licensed and accredited child care facilities. The centers are open weekdays from 6:30 am - 6 pm, and fees are paid on a sliding scale with scholarships available.
Howard Branch (ages 2-3 years)
819 N. 22nd Street
St. Louis, MO 63106
314-584-6916 or 314-584-6917
Patch Neighborhood Center (ages 6 weeks – 2 years)
St. Louis, MO 63111
Head Start Grace Hill serves 3 to 5 year old children and their families in St. Louis City and provides an inclusive environment that supports children with varying needs. Extended day options are available at all Grace Hill Head Start sites, before and after the regular school day from 6 am-6 pm. Fees are paid on a sliding scale for this child care option.
1127 N. Vandeventer
St. Louis, MO 63113
Licensed for 160 children from birth to age 6 years. Child care center is open 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. weekdays year-round except for holidays. Daily breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Staffed by caring and competent professionals in child care.
Head Start™ is a national program that provides child development services with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. Urban League Head Start operates 4 fully licensed centers serving 726 children and their families and is open from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Martin Luther King Center
1437 Laurel St.
St. Louis, MO 63112
Mt. Zion Center
1440 S. Compton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
North Spring Center
911 N. Spring Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Urban League Center
8964 Jennings Station Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63136
Crisis Nursery/Emergency Respite Program offers temporary care for children whose parents/guardian are experiencing an emergency situation that required immediate action resulting in short term (usually 3-5 days), for children who may be at risk for child abuse and neglect. Also provides emergency shelter to children six weeks to 5 ½ years of age.
Senior Program Director: Katie Corrigan
Crisis Nursery Centene Center
1928 Gravois Road
St. Louis, MO 63104
24-hour helpline: 314-768-3201
Program Coordinator: Lisa Bicket – 314-768-3201
Crisis Nursery North
11037 Breezy Point Lane
St. Louis, MO 63136
24-hour helpline: 314-953-8030
Program Coordinator: Taressa Hockaday –
SLCN provides short-term, emergency shelter for children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with emergencies or who are in crisis, as a means of preventing child abuse and neglect. Families may bring their children for reasons including parental stress, parental or sibling illness or death; lack of utilities; food or shelter; domestic violence; etc. The average stay of a child is two to three days. Services each child receives include 24-hour as well as medical and developmental assessments, therapeutic activities, any prescribed medication, and proper nutrition. Families receive parent education and follow-up services.