On July 22, 2014 the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 25th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report identifies trends in child well-being since 1990, the first year the report was published, and compares national and state-level data from 2005 to 2012.
The report ranks states on overall child well-being in four categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community life.
Missouri has improved its ranking in education and health, but has decreased in three of four indicators of economic well-being and two of four indicators of family and community life. However, there have been improvements in family and community life, with data showing an increase in children whose head of household has a high school diploma and a decrease in teen births.
In 2014 the Family and Community Trust (FACT) was selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to represent KIDS COUNT in Missouri.
FACT is a non-profit organization supporting 20 community partnerships around the state whose mission is to find solutions to improve the lives of families and children in their communities. ARCHS is the designated community partnership for the St. Louis region.
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Kids Vision for Life-St. Louis (KVFL) secured $25,000 at its fundraiser on June 12, 2014 at the Moonrise Hotel. Guests enjoyed delicious food, a silent auction, and learned about KVFL's most recent accomplishments. The money raised was donated by generous individual and corporate sponsors to support KVFL's upcoming 2014-2015 school year’s vision care services.
Over the past five school years, Kids Vision for Life has screened 38,565 students, examined 6,478 students, and prescribed 5,580 eyeglasses.
Kids Vision for Life provides free eye screenings to students in K-8 at identified St. Louis area (Title 1) schools. Free eye examinations are provided to students who fail the screening, and students who fail the examinations are given a free pair of eyeglasses. Vision disorders are the most prevalent handicapping condition in U.S. children, particularly with special needs children.
Resources to support Kids Vision for Life are provided by ARCHS, Crown Vision Center, Essilor Vision Foundation, University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry (mobile van), as well as individual and corporate donors.
PHOTO GALLERY: KVFL FUNDRAISER
ASAP students at Laclede and Mann elementary schools are using grants from Monsanto to create evidence-based solutions that promote science for after school students.
This month, Monsanto presented the two ASAP programs with $1,000 Dannette Ward Science Education grants. The grants will be used to complete an outdoor ecosystem at Mann Elementary, and will assist Laclede Elementary with a school-wide science fair that takes place during the after school hours.
"The funds will be used to emphasize science education, highlight collaboration between the school and the ASAP after school programs, as well as a recruitment tool to show students the kinds of fun and educational activities that take place in after school programs," said Gloria Hampton, Director of After School Programs at Neighborhood Houses.
Founded in 2007, ASAP is a community effort to increase the quality and access to after school programs in the Greater St. Louis area. More than 2,200 students are served through ASAP each year
ARCHS held an end of the year celebration brunch for its network of Educare providers on May 31, 2014 at the Missouri History Museum.
Over the course of the year, each provider completed professional development trainings and assessments. ARCHS' staff assisted the providers in setting goals for their programs and conducted home site visits.
At the brunch, several providers offered testimonials about how ARCHS' Educare has benefited them both professionally and personally. In addition, all providers in attendance received children's history themed books, and were able to check out the Missouri History Museum's new "History Clubhouse" area.
PHOTO GALLERY: EDUCARE BRUNCH
Kids Vision for Life-St. Louis (KVFL) was honored on May 7 with a What's Right with the Region! award from FOCUS St. Louis for "Demonstrating Innovative Solutions." The 17th annual regional celebration recognized success stories from the Greater St. Louis area.
This was the fourth ARCHS-supported program since 2005 to be honored with a What's Right with the Region! award. KVFL received the award for its work that demonstrates innovative solutions by increasing access to comprehensive vision services for St. Louis area students.
Free eye screenings are provided to students in grades K-8 at identified St. Louis area schools. Free eye examinations are provided to students who fail the screening, and students who fail the examinations are given a free pair of eyeglasses.
Over the past five years, KVFL has:
• Screened 42,283 students
• Examined 7,268 students
• Prescribed 5,567 eyeglasses
Resources to support KVFL are provided by ARCHS, Crown Vision Center, Essilor Vision Foundation, and University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry (mobile van).
PHOTO GALLERY: What's Right with the Region!