Family Child Care Providers

Family child care providers have unique needs and MO-SECA is the program that supports you as you navigate those challenges. In addition to the MO-SECA Academies (which do feature sessions tailored to family child care providers!) we’re happy to offer trainings virtually and in-person across the state.

You can earn up to $450 in stipends and 18 clock hours in 2024 by attending a combination of leadership and business trainings (learn more here).

Questions? Looking for training registration support? Reach out to us at or give us a call at 314-558-6966.


2024 Trainings
In-person & virtual options

Connect with fellow family child care providers to learn from their experiences and share what is working for you. These are stand alone 2.5 and 1.5 hour trainings offered across Missouri.

Register for standalone trainings through Eventzilla!

Business topics designed for family child care providers:

  • Learning Session 1: Business Basics | Offered as a stand alone session in-person and virtually
  • Learning Session 2: Building Financial Resilience | Offered as a stand alone session in-person and virtually
  • Learning Session 3A: Community is Key | Offered at Business Academies and as a stand alone virtual session
  • Learning Session 3B: Increasing Revenue  | Offered at Business Academies and as a stand alone virtual session
  • Learning Session 4: Secure Your Business | Offered at Business Academies and as a stand alone virtual session

Business Academy

In-person only

Find valuable tools for operating an family child care business and gain skills to use them effectively. Pick up gems that will make your work life better and drive change in your program to make it more efficient and effective.

Cape Girardeau
July 12 – 13, 2024


Past Business Academies

Kansas City
February 23 – 24, 2024

March 15 – 16, 2024

Saint Louis
March 22 – 23, 2024

Saint Joseph
April 12 – 13, 2024

May 3 – 4, 2024

May 31 – June 1, 2024

June 21 – 22, 2024

Leadership Academy

In-person only

Consider the future of your family child care business. Leadership requires “forward, big picture thinking” which can be challenging when you are putting out the daily fires. These sessions will help you reflect on your program and new ways to lead.

Saint Joseph
June 28 – 29, 2024


Past Leadership Academies

Lake of the Ozarks
March 9 – 10, 2024

April 5-6, 2024

Saint Louis
April 19 – 20, 2024

April 26 – 27, 2024

Kansas City
May 17 – 18, 2024

June 7 – 8, 2024

Cape Girardeau
June 14 -15, 2024


How do the MO-SECA stipends and clock hours work?

Stipends are paid out to you within 90 days of both training and stipend paperwork completion. If you’d like to confirm your stipend paperwork is complete, please email We can issue payment by mailing a check or via direct deposit depending on your preference.

Each participant can earn up to $225 for attending leadership sessions (only available at Leadership Academies) and $225 for business sessions (available at Business Academies and as stand alone sessions). Stipends are earned at a rate of $25/clock hour for in person session and $15/clock hour for virtual sessions.

You can earn clock hours for each unique session you attend in a calendar year. Some business sessions are offered both at Academies and as stand alone sessions throughout the year.

If you have questions about what sessions you’ve already completed or if you are still eligible to earn more stipends in a particular category, please reach out to


Which academy should I attend?

The MO-SECA team recommends you choose one Business Academy and one Leadership Academy to attend in 2024. The rest is up to you! You are also absolutely welcome to attend more than one of each academy. Just note that you can only earn $225 in stipends for business trainings and $225 for leadership trainings

We are happy to help you figure out which academy will work best for you. If you have any further questions or need additional information, please contact or give us a call at 816-235-1661.

Academy Accommodations & Amenities

We are happy to provide a one night hotel stay for any academy you attend.

We’ve designed the schedule to allow attendees the time to visit nearby food establishments during typical meal hours. MO-SECA will not be providing food or transportation to attendees at regional trainings.

Will the content be different than the 2023 MO-SECA training sessions? Are the stand alone trainings different than academies?

Some sessions will feature the same content presented in 2023 and others will be new based on feedback from participants about where they want to dig in further.

Participants can earn clock hours for repeat sessions as long as they are completed in different calendar years.

The following sessions are offered both as stand alone trainings and at Business Academies:

  • Business Practices & Supports: Community is Key
  • Business Practices & Supports: Increasing Revenue
  • Secure Your Business: Risk Management

Supporting leadership and business excellence in Missouri’s early childhood programs.

Thanks for your interest in MO-SECA!