Childcare crisis: Senate votes to help parents re-enter workforce

With Missouri’s childcare shortage costing the state an estimated $1.35 billion, lawmakers are continuing to advance an innovative budget proposal to help parents re-enter the workforce.

The budget passed by the Missouri Senate on April 26 establishes new funding to help private employers form partnerships with childcare providers or establish new dedicated childcare centers to serve employees. The proposal would also empower small businesses to band together and offer this benefit.

The budget also boosts efforts to onshore high-tech manufacturing, another Missouri Chamber priority.