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Streamlined Single-Application for Social Service programs

This is a project to research states that offer a streamlined, single-application process for Social Services, including, SNAP, Healthcare, TANF, and Child Care. This project will also research and explore if there is a correlation between reduced program error rates and streamlined single-applications.

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Disappearing Day Care: Child Care Crisis in the U.S.

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"Disappearing Day Care" is our ongoing series on the U.S. child care industry. We published our first part of this series in Michigan in 2022, with the Detroit Free-Press and Chalkbeat Detroit. In 2023, we are focusing on Missouri, with The Missouri Independent.

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Bureaucratic hurdles stymie Missouri families seeking help affording child care

Bureaucratic hurdles stymie Missouri families seeking help affording child care

Applicants to the state child care subsidy program often face long call center wait times and onerous paperwork requirements — and child care providers who accept the subsidy face administrative hurdles of their own.

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Missouri’s governor made access to child care a top priority. Where do his proposals stand?

Missouri’s governor made access to child care a top priority. Where do his proposals stand?

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made improving access to child care a major part of his 2023 legislative agenda, declaring during his annual State of the State address in January that “early childhood care is essential to our state’s success.” Since then, lawmakers have worked to enact his recommendations, but the proposals have faced roadblocks on their way to his desk.

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Missouri child care deserts include nearly half of kids 5 and under, new data shows

Missouri child care deserts include nearly half of kids 5 and under, new data shows

An investigation by MuckRock and The Missouri Independent found that despite hundreds of millions in federal pandemic relief money pouring into the state, child care facilities are facing huge staffing shortages and parents are struggling with long waitlists for care.

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Five things we learned about Missouri’s child care crisis

Five things we learned about Missouri’s child care crisis

MuckRock and The Missouri Independent analyzed the supply and demand of Missouri child care programs since 2019, drawing from public records and data provided by the advocacy group Child Care Aware.

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