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We are excited to announce that Saint Louis MHB is collaborating with the City of St. Louis for a one-time grant opportunity to help get CARES Act funding into the community for early childhood care.

An application webinar was held on August 11th (please see links below for recorded webinar, presentation materials and Q&A).   All applications must be submitted no later than 4:30pm on Thursday, August 20, 2020 and applicants can expect to be notified of final funding decisions during the first week of September 2020.  Please email Kristin Cowart at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the webinar or application or call  (314) 535-6964 x21.

* CARES Act Webinar 8-11-2020

* CARES Act Webinar Slides 8-11-2020

* CARES Act Provider Webinar Q&A 8-11-2020

Full announcement:

We are excited to announce that Saint Louis MHB is collaborating with the City of St. Louis for a one-time grant opportunity to help get CARES Act funding into the community for early childhood care.

Funding Purpose * In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, this CARES Act federal funding is being made available to help stabilize early child care providers delivering high-quality care and to ensure these critical services remain available and accessible to children living in the City of St. Louis. This will be accomplished by supporting 1) the implementation of new health and safety measures, 2) protecting early child care, staff and/or 3) offering affordable child care to frontline workers for children up to age 5.

Priority Focus * Small family home and childcare center providers who are located within the community they serve and/or primarily provide services to families living in under resourced communities most affected by COVID-19 and in need of high-quality early childhood care.

Brief Application Overview *

  • A link to a simple online jotform application (phone, tablet or computer) and a printable version can now be found at our website stlmhb.com.
  • An application webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 11 from 6-7pm. Please email Kristin Cowart at [email protected] to sign up or leave a message at (314) 535-6964 x21 if you would like to join by telephone. The webinar will be recorded and can be found at https://stlmhb.com/media/ after Tuesday, August 11th.
  • Virtual or telephone support/assistance will be provided as needed upon request.
  • All applications must be submitted no later than 4:30pm on Thursday, August 20, 2020.
  • Applicants can expect to be notified of final funding decisions in the first week of September 2020.

How to Submit *

  • Online: Complete the jotform application via phone, tablet or computer.
  • In Person: Print the application and coordinate a time to drop it off at the MHB office located near Union Station by emailing [email protected] or calling (314) 535-6964 x21.
  • By Email: If you are able to scan the application, it will be accepted via email before the deadline and can be emailed to [email protected]
  • By Fax: (314) 535-6584

Eligibility Criteria *

Family home and child care center providers (not including day/summer camps or after school programs) who serve children living in the city of St. Louis and:

  • Are licensed, registered, or deemed licensed-exempt by the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to provide child care
  • Follow the St. Louis City Health Department and CDC guidelines related to COVID-19
  • Plan to remain open through December 2020 (even if temporarily required to close)
  • Are located in the city of St. Louis and have a current business license
  • Request funding in line with the eligible expenses listed and the ability to submit monthly expense reports with receipts

Eligible Expenses *

  1. Health and Safety (Cleaning/Sanitation and Supplies/Equipment)
  2. Protecting Staff (Payroll Costs)
  3. Affordable Child Care for Frontline Workers (Tuition/Fees)

Thank You!