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Early Childhood Integrated Data System
Established in 2021, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Early Childhood Integrated Data Systemfunctions as a warehouse for early childhood data. The system collects, stores, and maintains demographic and program information on young children’s development and participation in early childhood programs. Data is gathered from Children’s Trust Fund programs (e.g., Home Visiting) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (e.g., First Steps Early Intervention, Home Visiting Programs, Public Preschool, state-funded Early Head Start). While the data is currently internal to these agencies, the system will link with the state’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System for public use in the future.
The system is supported by the federal Preschool Development Birth through 5 Grant.Learn more: Missouri Division of Early Childhood
Sources: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (n.d.). Preschool Development Grant B-5
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Established in 2016, Lume’s Early Childhood Apprenticeship allows participants to receive certification as a Child Development Associate after two years of training. The Lume Institute at University City Children’s Center, in partnership with the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), has developed the Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship program. SLATE provides financial support for apprenticeship training, and participants are trained by the Lume Institute. The apprenticeship begins with 135 hours (5 weeks) of early childhood teacher training with participants hired as an Early Childhood Worker at a rate of $9.50 per hour. This training is followed by 480 hours of on-the-job training, after which participants receive a Child Development Associate credential and can be promoted to an Assistant Teacher position earning at least $10.50 per hour. After another 1.5 years of work/training experience, apprentices receive the Department of Labor certification as a Childhood Development Associate, resulting in wages of at least $13 per hour.Learn more: Lume Institute
Lume Institute. (n.d.). Workforce Development. City of St. Louis, Missouri. (n.d.).
LUME Early Childhood.
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6,177,957 Source U.S. Census, 2022
30.5% Source U.S. Census, 2020
69.5% Source U.S. Census, 2020
Number of children age 0-4
360,045 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Poverty levels – children 0-8 below 200% poverty
40% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Median family income among households with children
$78,800.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
2.8 Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2022
Unemployment rate of parents
3% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force
71% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Children living in households with a high housing cost burden
22% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Child population by race and ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021
Race and Ethnicity
- American Indian and Alaska Native (.5%)
- Asian (2%)
- Black or African American (13%)
- Hispanic or Latino (7%)
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (.5%)
- Two or More Races (5%)
- White, not Hispanic or Latino (72%)
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Percent of 3-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs Source: NIEER 2023
- 3-year-old children enrolled in state-funded public pre-K (1%)
- 3-year-old children enrolled in Head Start (8%)
- Other/none (91%)
Percent of 4-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs Source: NIEER 2023
- 4-year-old children enrolled in state-funded public pre-K (6%)
- 4-year-old children enrolled in Head Start (6%)
- Other/none (88%)
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2017–2019 Median Hourly Wages Source CSCCE 2018, 2020
- Child care workers
- Preschool teachers
- Preschool or child care center directors
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Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022
- Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($180.3)
- CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($159.8)
- CCDBG State Match ($12.6)
- CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations – CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($973.0)
- State-Funded Pre-K ($24.8)
- MIECHV ($3.8)
- IDEA Part C ($12.3)
- IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($9.5)
- TANF Early Learning and Care Expenditures ($27.5)
- Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five ($14.5)
The COVID Funding Cliff
All federal COVID relief allocations, including funding authorized by the CARES, CRRSE, and ARPA bills, must be fully spent by September 2024. An analysis from the Century Foundation shows this loss of funds could cause more than 3 million children to lose access to child care nationwide – including nearly 11,000 children in Missouri.