Missouri extends fulltime child care subsidy benefits for students not attending in person

RDN REPORTS
Through December, low-income Missouri families unemployed due to COVID-19 can also get a temporary Child Care Subsidy benefit -- up to 90 days -- while they look for work.

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. 

Additional Benefits Available for Residents

The CARES Act Child Care Plan also provides these additional benefits:

  • Through December, low-income Missouri families unemployed due to COVID-19 can get a temporary Child Care Subsidy benefit (up to 90 days) while they look for work.
  • Effective May 1 through December 31, parents who work, attend school, or train for work with an income from 138 to 215 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), may now qualify for Transitional Child Care Subsidy, even if they previously did not qualify for Child Care Subsidy.
  • Missouri families qualifying or receiving a Transitional Child Care Subsidy benefit receive an 80 percent subsidy benefit if their income is between 138 to 176 percent of the FPL or a 60 percent subsidy benefit if their income is from 177 to 215 percent of the FPL.