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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AAA Missouri/Automobile Club of Missouri


A Place to Grow

Apple Creek Farm

Archway IT Services

Arete Contracting LLC

Basye Flooring

Beautiful Home Interiors

B&G Industries, LLC

Bloomfield Chamber Of Commerce

Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson City

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County

Building Community Bridges

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

GREDELL Engineering Resources, Inc.

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

Jefferson City Area YMCA

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

Kids Unlimited Preschool and Childcare Center


Lean & Grow Organic Daycares

LeComb Consulting, LLC

Marshall Chamber of Commerce


MFA, Inc.

Missouri Accreditation

Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Missouri Women’s Business Center

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

Super Start Preschool and Infant Care

The Builders, a Chapter of the AGC

The Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce

Towner Communication Systems

United Way of Central Missouri

Individual Signees

Jeff Ahlers, Jefferson City

Julie Allen, Jefferson City

Mindi Allison, St. Louis

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

Lori Branch, Jefferson City

Larry Brandhorst, Jefferson City

Chrisee Brandl, New Bloomfield

Ken Braunfeld, St. Peters

Amber Brondel, Jefferson City

Autumn Burr, Jefferson City

Theresa Anne Calvert, Sibley

Wes Camp, Springfield

Karrie Chester, Joplin

Elizabeth Chipman, Wardsville

Alison Clothier, Kansas City

Tamara Conn, Nixa

Robert Cooper, Dardenne Prairie

Kandra Counts, Eminence

Kimberly Cox, Joplin

Johnna Cutrell, Jackson

Lori L. Cutrell, Jackson

Megan Davis, Columbia

Kristy DeBuhr, Jefferson City

Ann Stephanie Morath DeLong, Owensville

Danielle Dinnius, Troy

Terry Donner, Holts Summit

Bernard DuBray, O’Fallon

Michael Dunn, Jefferson City

Scott J. Drachnik, Lake Saint Louis

Elona Dyshniku, St. Louis

Rebecca Eisterhold, Westphalia

Janet S. Fletcher, Hale

Katherine Flett, Saint Peters

Faith Gabriel, Jefferson City

David Garro, Vienna

Lisa Garro, Vienna

Rachel Garro, Vienna

Demetra Gentry, Republic

James Gentry, Springfield

Kimberly Gittemeier, Moberly

Besian Gjika, Fenton

Natalie Gladbach, Jefferson City

Midge Glavin, Holts Summit

Dave Grant, Columbia

Logan Gratz, Jefferson City

Nancy Gratz, Jefferson City

Thomas R. Gredell, Jefferson City

Amy Grim, Jefferson City

Amy Haas, Bloomfield

Brian Hammons, Stockton

Candy Hente, Farmington

Elizabeth Hileman, Platte City

Cathie Jefferson Hirschvogel, Jefferson City

Ashlee Hitt, New Bloomfield

Daniel Hitt, Jefferson City/Holts Summit

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

Alex Jones, Jefferson City

Shelly S. Kaiser, Cape Girardeau

Bryce Karr, Kansas City

Courtney Karr, Kansas City

Lori Kelling, Ballwin

Jolie Keeney, Jefferson City

John J. Kerr, Jefferson City

Tod Kinerk, Salem

Jacinda Kirk, Lake St. Louis

Dara Kliethermes, California

Ron Kraettli, Hermann

Kaitlyn Kremer, Jefferson City

Samantha Lacefield, Holts Summit

Brenda Lause, Washington

Lance LeComb, Chesterfield

Brenda Leydens, Holts Summit

Amanda Lindemann, Sullivan

Amanda Linneman, Marshall

Kathy Lock, Carrollton

Tammy Long, Jefferson City

Antonio Lozano, Des Peres

Sarah Martin, St. Louis

Ricardo Martinez, Fenton

Kylie McKinney, Columbia

Cynthia McMillian, Springfield

Jolie McMillian, Saint Joseph

Evelynn McVicker, Jefferson City

Suzette Mengwasser, Jefferson City

Tina Merriweather, Saint Charles

Catilya Meshell, Cassville

Denise Mitchell, Saint Charles

Erica Mosley, Leslie

Robin Mueller, Earth City

Ellen Murphy, St. Louis

Stuart Francis Murphy, Jefferson City

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

Jayme Prenger, Columbia

Sycil R. Proffitt, Kansas City

Tonya Pryor, Monroe City

Nicci Rexroat, Holts Summit

Kevin L. Riley, Lohman

Patricia Rogers, Eldridge

Stacey Ross, St. Charles

Janel Rowell, Waynesville

Samantha Rush, Jefferson City

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

Taylor Smith, Nixa

Doug Steinmeyer, St. Charles

Travis Stephens, Joplin

Amber Stienbarger, Rolla

Amy Sublett, Jefferson City

Dianne Sudbrock, Foristell

Robin S. Surface, Holts Summit

Breanne Talken, Jefferson City

James Tapscott, Kansas City

Scott Tate, St. Charles

Tamara D. Tateosian, Fulton

Darian Taylor, Kansas City

Kyle Te, Jefferson 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

Michelle Wessler, Eldon

Michael Whelan, Jefferson City

Kevin White, Kansas City

Kayla C. Wilcox, Jefferson City

Danielle Wise, Springfield

Katie Woody, Kansas City

Vickie Wolverton, Kansas City

Beth Worsham, Columbia