Having access to consistent, reliable, high-quality, and affordable childcare is a known contributor to student parent success. Having access to childcare allows student parents to miss less class time, utilize campus resources, study without interruptions, and more! Check out the campus and community childcare resources below.
The Triton Childcare Fund assists Pell grant eligible student parents in earning their degree by subsidizing some of their child care expenses. Students awarded the Triton Childcare Fund grant can receive assistance at the on-campus University Child Development Center or an approved licensed child care provider of their choosing; providers are paid directly each month. Learn more about the Triton Childcare Fund and to apply.
Community Child Care Resources
For support finding child care for young or school-aged children, you can:
- Use the Child Care Aware® of Missouri online Childcare Referral Database.
- Call 1-866-892-3228 to speak with a Child Care Aware® of Missouri Resource Specialist.
- Use the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Office of Childhood Show Me Child Care Provider Search, a web-based listing of all licensed and license-exempt providers in Missouri.
- Use the Child Care Aware® of Missouri Questions to Ask Child Care Programs and Things to Consider and Choosing Child Care Checklist and Next Steps to help in your process of choosing the right care provider for your child.
You and your family may qualify for child care subsidies, vouchers, or free child care programs. Some options in our community include:
- State of Missouri Childcare Subsidy Program: You may be eligible to receive child care assistance through the State of Missouri Childcare Subsidy Program. Learn more about the program, who qualifies, and how to apply.
- Head Start and Early Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide free learning and development services to eligible low-income families with children ages birth to 5. Early Head Start and Head Start welcome children with disabilities. Some Early Head Start programs also provide prenatal services for pregnant women. Review the steps to apply for a Head Start program and use the Head Start Locator to find a Head Start program near your home. If you need more help to find a Head Start program near your home, call the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (toll-free) at 1-866-763-6481 Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. ET or visit their Contact Us web page.
- Childcare Assistance for Military families: Child Care Aware® of America provides information, resources and supports for military families and their children. More than 10,000 military children are served each year.