In February 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)was passed by Congress creating funding to support various programs serving families and children.

The purposes of the ARRA include the following: (1) to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; (2) to assist those most impacted by the recession; (3) to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; (4) to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and (5) to stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases.

The ARRA provides Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead Agencies with an important opportunity to assist those most impacted by the recession through the provision of funds to expand child care services to additional children and families facing difficult economic circumstances. The ARRA also provides supplemental targeted funding for investments to improve the quality of child care to support the health and well-being of children.

The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), as lead agency for CCDF, is awarded approximately 38.7 million dollars in ARRA funding to support child care services and activities. DSS, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Transform Missouri Initiative Team, has developed a plan for these funds.

DSS welcomes your comments. You may submit your comments regarding this plan to