Addressing Our Child Care Crisis

Co-sign the Missouri Chamber’s letter asking lawmakers to ensure access to reliable, affordable child care.

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To Gov. Mike Parson and the members of the General Assembly,


Missouri’s business community strongly urges legislative action to address the child care crisis in our state.

Child care is not just an issue for working parents; it’s an economic issue. A 2021 study revealed that a lack of available child care is costing Missouri’s economy $1.35 billion annually, including $280 million in lost tax revenue. Additionally, when responding to the Missouri Chamber’s 2023 CEO Survey, 80 percent of business leaders said the expense and difficulty in finding child care keeps a significant number of Missourians out of the workforce.

The business community supports legislation, including HB 1488 (Shields) and SB 742 (Arthur), to address our workforce shortages through innovative child care solutions that will grow Missouri’s labor pool and help child care providers increase capacity.

It’s crucial that we work together to ensure Missouri families have access to reliable, affordable child care and businesses have the workforce they need.


Kara Corches
Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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118 Cakery

AAA Missouri/Automobile Club of Missouri


Archway IT Services

Basye Flooring

B&G Industries, LLC

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County

Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB

Callaway Chamber of Commerce/Fulton Area Development Foundation

Carroll County Area YMCA

Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks

Chamber of Commerce of East Prairie

Child Care Aware of Missouri

City of Hale

City of St. Peters

Civic Council of Greater Kansas City

Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Ellington Chamber of Commerce

Experience on Demand

Grandview Chamber of Commerce

Greater St. Louis, Inc.

Great Jobs KC

Hammons Black Walnuts

Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro St. Louis

Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce


Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

LeComb Consulting, LLC

Marshall Chamber of Commerce


MFA, Inc.

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

M. Savor LLC

Mt. Vernon Area Chamber of Commerce

Orscheln Products LLC

Pack N Mail

Palmyra Chamber of Commerce

Palmyra R-I Parents as Teachers Program

Paragon Star LLC

Parker McCrory Mfg. Co.

Performing Arts Centre, Inc

Provenance Soapworks

Raymore Chamber of Commerce

Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce

Saint Luke’s Health System

SAK Construction

Schaefer’s Electrical Enclosures

Shannon County Health Center

Shea Kohl Law, LC

South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Spectrum Strategies LLC

Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

St. Charles County Economic Development Council (EDC)

St. Charles Regional Chamber

St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce

The Builders, a Chapter of the AGC

The Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce

Towner Communication Systems

Individual Signees

Roger Lynn Archibald, Saint Albans

Kristie Arthur, St. Joseph

Jean Baker, Owensville

Brittni Bates, Mount Vernon

Paula Benne, Jefferson City

Monica Billups, St. Louis

Connie Bobo, Saint Charles

Ken Braunfeld, St. Peters

Theresa Anne Calvert, Sibley

Wes Camp, Springfield

Karrie Chester, Joplin

Alison Clothier, Kansas City

Tamara Conn, Nixa

Robert Cooper, Dardenne Prairie

Kandra Counts, Eminence

Kimberly Cox, Joplin

Megan Davis, Columbia

Ann Stephanie Morath DeLong, Owensville

Danielle Dinnius, Troy

Bernard DuBray, O’Fallon

Scott J. Drachnik, Lake Saint Louis

Elona Dyshniku, St. Louis

Rebecca Eisterhold, Westphalia

Janet S. Fletcher, Hale

Katherine Flett, Saint Peters

David Garro, Vienna

Lisa Garro, Vienna

Rachel Garro, Vienna

Kimberly Gittemeier, Moberly

Besian Gjika, Fenton

Dave Grant, Columbia

Brian Hammons, Stockton

Candy Hente, Farmington

Elizabeth Hileman, Platte City

Shantone Howard, Sikeston

George Hudson, Kansas City

Douglas L. Hunt, Joplin

Christopher L. Jacobs, Hale

DMiyah L. Jenkins, Kansas City

Marchand LaAndra Jenkins, Kansas City

Stephanie Johnston, Grain Valley

Shelly S. Kaiser, Cape Girardeau

Bryce Karr, Kansas City

Courtney Karr, Kansas City

Lori Kelling, Ballwin

Tod Kinerk, Salem

Jacinda Kirk, Lake St. Louis

Dara Kliethermes, California

Ron Kraettli, Hermann

Brenda Lause, Washington

Lance LeComb, Chesterfield

Amanda Lindemann, Sullivan

Amanda Linneman, Marshall

Kathy Lock, Carrollton

Tammy Long, Jefferson City

Antonio Lozano, Des Peres

Sarah Martin, St. Louis

Ricardo Martinez, Fenton

Cynthia McMillian, Springfield

Jolie McMillian, Saint Joseph

Suzette Mengwasser, Jefferson City

Tina Merriweather, Saint Charles

Denise Mitchell, Saint Charles

Erica Mosley, Leslie

Robin Mueller, Earth City

Ellen Murphy, St. Louis

Lorry Myers, Centralia

Kim Naumann, Saint Peters

Randy Nielsen, Cape Girardeau

Cyndi Norton, East Prairie

Debbi Oberle, Ste Genevieve

Sharon Osborn, St. Charles

Katlin Owens, Lee’s Summit

Mayor Len Pagano, St. Peters

Sycil R. Proffitt, Kansas City

Tonya Pryor, Monroe City

Stacey Ross, St. Charles

Janel Rowell, Waynesville

Daniel Sacre, O’Fallon

Kerry Sacre, O’Fallon

Sarah Salgado, Kansas City

Susan Schniepp, St. Peters

Ashley Schwab, Columbia

Kaitlyn Shannon, Carrollton

Stephanie Shoemaker, Hallsville

Madeleine Skiles, Jefferson City

Erin Slifka, Carthage

Doug Steinmeyer, St. Charles

Travis Stephens, Joplin

Amber Stienbarger, Rolla

Dianne Sudbrock, Foristell

James Tapscott, Kansas City

Scott Tate, St. Charles

Tamara D. Tateosian, Fulton

Darian Taylor, Kansas City

Karlton R. Thornton, Florissant

Marsha Timme, Saint Charles

Ryan Towner, Jefferson City

Karla Uthlaut, Hermann

William Van Hoy, St. Louis

Brandy Wagener, St. Louis

Andrew Walker, Springfield

Kimberly Weakly, Farmington

Amy Webb, Jefferson City

Becky E. Wekenborg, Jefferson City

Kevin White, Kansas City

Danielle Wise, Springfield

Katie Woody, Kansas City

Vickie Wolverton, Kansas City