Unlicensed child care facilities that collect state subsidies in Missouri would be subjected to mandatory state inspections and be required to develop quality indicators under a bill awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon’s signature.
Last year, Missouri allocated $149 million in state and federal funding to child care facilities. Approximately $111 million was allocated to licensed day care facilities, while $38 million was paid to unlicensed child care facilities.
By requiring state visits, the bill, passed in the final hours of this year’s legislative session, will keep condemned facilities from collecting subsidies, as was the case at a St. Louis day care that collected $36,000 in federal subsidies monthly despite violating numerous fire and safety codes.
Missouri was expected to lose nearly $100 million in federal funding by the fall of 2015 if it did not comply with expected new federal standards.