Department of Social Services announces more child care assistance for low-income families and child care providers
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Department of Social Services (DSS) will expand child care assistance to low-income families and support child care providers with funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Child Care Plan. Temporary changes in some eligibility guidelines for the Child Care Subsidy and Transitional Child Care Subsidy programs will make it possible for more low-income Missouri families to qualify for child care assistance. Some families will see an increase in benefits under the Transitional Child Care Subsidy program. The CARES Act Child Care Plan also provides special assistance to child care providers who continue to support the needs of working families during COVID-19.
“The CARES Act child care funding is an opportunity to support Missouri’s Show Me Strong Recovery plan by providing low-income families impacted by COVID-19 with child care assistance as they reenter the workforce,” said Jennifer Tidball, Acting Director, Department of Social Services. “At the same time, we must support our child care providers so all Missouri families have child care options.”
CARES Act Child Care Plan benefits for low-income families:
Child care provider CARES Act Child Care Plan benefits:
Child care providers interested in CARES Act Child Care Plan benefits should visit the DSS COVID-19 Information webpage to find more information under the “Child Care” section.
Missourians in need of information on Child Care Subsidy, Food Stamp, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefit programs can visit dss.mo.gov and use the DSS Virtual Assistant to get immediate answers to basic questions that are not specific to an individual’s case 24 hours a day. They can also call for information or personal assistance 855-FSD-INFO or 855-373-4636 Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Missourians can apply for those services 24/7 online by visiting MyDSS.mo.gov, or sending completed applications and verification documents by email to FSD.Documents@dss.mo.gov, or by fax to 573-526-9400.
The Missouri Services Navigator can also help Missourians find essential services near them. This tool offers information on over 2,000 programs and services available in the state.
The Department of Social Services is committed to serving the needs of Missouri citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information regarding the department’s response to the pandemic is available online at https://dss.mo.gov/covid-19.
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