Missouri Department of Social Services Covid-19 Link
Information on COVID-19 funding opportunities, grants, and other state information
The following information is provided by Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division. If you have questions, please contact the DSS Early Childhood Section at [email protected]
COVID Related Absences – When a facility is closed, or a child is quarantined,
- Providers can retroactively request reimbursement payments based on ‘normal’ attendance through the Payment Resolution Request (PRR) process for August 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.
- Under ‘Reason for Review’ on the PRR indicate ‘E’ for Other.
- In the comments, enter either ‘child quarantined’ or ‘provider closed due to quarantine’.
- DSS will randomly monitor the absences and may contact providers, and/or parents.
- Providers may access a PRR form here.
Disproportionate Share Providers –
- DSS is waiving the requirement to have over 50 percent of the children in care through May 31, 2021.
- Additional private pay children can be accepted temporarily, and the 30 percent rate differential will not be lost.
- DSS will be monitoring providers to ensure the level of subsidy children in care does not change and will be in contact with providers where there are large changes.
Non-Disproportionate Share Providers –
- DSS will be paying a 20% rate differential for subsidy children in care from January 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021.
School Aged Children in Care –
- Full-time benefits for school-aged, distance learners will be extended January 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021.
- CCBIS currently allows full-time days and actual attendance for school age children to be entered, but authorizations appear as 5 days with part-time or half-time units.
- Actual attendance for all children should still be collected. Before the end of January, the system will display the authorization of 23 allowable days of full-time attendance.
- To receive an accurate and timely payment, attendance records must be maintained in CCBIS for all authorized children.
- Children should be added to CCBIS immediately and once the child care authorization is entered, the attendance can be merged and submitted for payment instead of submitting a PRR.
Information on merging records can be found here.
Click here to register for a free webinar training on CCBIS.
Grants for Virtual Learning –
- DSS will provide up to $2.5 million in grants for up to $25,000 each for child care providers serving at least 20% of virtual learners that are subsidy children.
- Providers will submit a budget and budget narrative outlining the detailed proposal.
- Items that may be included are additional rental/leased space through the end of the school year, supplies, laptops/tablets, power packs, PPE, additional staff costs for serving at a lower ratio than is paid through subsidy, and potentially other items. Grants cannot be used to renovate/modify facilities.
- DSS is completing the grant request application and more information will come out in early January.
Summer Programs –
- Summer Programs still in operation must use the CCBIS system to record actual attendance, and then must submit a PPR for payment.
- Providers may access a PRR form here.
For additional resources related to training and other information, click here to be directed to a resource search page.
Below are links to funding of funding opportunities.
School Age Virtual Learning Assistance – Child care providers may apply for a grant of up to $25,000 to support the needs of school age children who are virtually learning while in their care. Click here for information on how to apply.
US Small Business Administration – Child care providers may be eligible for funding opportunities. Click here for more information.
All Our Kin has created this document that provides information on funding opportunities available to family child care businesses. Click here for to access the January 11, 2021 document. Click here for more information.