The state of Missouri recently expanded the group of child care providers that are eligible to apply for CARES Act funding. Back on October 7, 2020 Governor Mike Parson confirmed he was allocating around $10 million for emergency relief grants to childcare centers around the state that were impacted by the coronavirus. Providers who are currently licensed by the Department of Health and Senior Services, half a dozen or fewer care subsidy providers that receive services from the Department of Social Services and other state child care providers that have a Department Vendor Number are now eligible for reimbursements. These providers can try to receive reimbursements for expenses associated with necessary coronavirus costs like personal protective equipment, more staff members , overtime and hazard pay, or for revenue loss related to business interruption. Officials say the money will help pay for losses during the period of March 1 to the end of the year. Individuals impacted by COVID 19 can submit requests for reimbursements that have to be approved by officials with the Division of Regulation and Licensure within the Department of Health and Senior Services. All qualified providers will be provided instructions from the Department of Health and Senior Services. Applications must be turned in to be reimbursed by November 15, 2020.