The Missouri Department of Social Services has extended fulltime child care subsidy benefits for eligible school aged students who are not attending school in person to support working parents during the school day.

Missouri parents and guardians can apply online or by mail for fulltime child care subsidy benefits through Dec. 31, which covers full day care when school-aged children are not attending in person. 

Acting Director for the Department of Social Services, Jennifer Tidball, said extending fulltime child care subsidy benefits to a full day during school hours will help low-income working families meet the demands of their jobs, stay employed and keep their children properly supervised while not attending school in person during the school day.

“Parents with school-aged students who are not attending in person can be in a very difficult situation when they have to work. We don’t want to ask parents to choose between going to work and their own child’s safety,” Tidball said.

Residents can apply for fulltime child care subsidy benefits online at MyDSS.mo.gov, or  send a completed child care application and verification documents by email to FSD.Documents@dss.mo.gov, or by fax to 573-526-9400. 

To apply by mail, residents will need to complete a child care application at https://dss.mo.gov/cd/child-care/files/ccapplication.pdf, and mail it to the local Family Support Division office at the Rolla Resource Center, 1111 Kingshighway, Suite A.

Residents can look up other local Family Support Division offices at https://dss.mo.gov/dss_map/.

Fulltime childcare subsidy benefits were made available to families through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act Child Care Plan.