Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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The records: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services keeps an electronic database of a statewide daycare registration database that includes information about location, facility type and when the license expires.
Why you'd want them: Looking for a new daycare for your toddler? Want to know the last time your child's daycare was inspected? Well, here you go.
Where you get the records: Send a public records request to: Sheri Nenninger, Office of General Counsel, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 912 Wildwood, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Sample public records requests can be found here: rcfp.org and then click on FOIA Services on the right-hand side of the page.
How much will it cost: Be sure to include a fee waiver request and the information should be free.