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ARCHS Awards $2.5 Million for After School Programming

This fall ARCHS issued $2.5 million to provide free after school programming for 1,900 students at 29 locations in the Jennings and Saint Louis Public School districts. ARCHS issued grants to the following organizations:

-Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
-Gene Slay’s Boys and Girls Club
-Hopewell Center
-Northside Youth and Senior Service Center
-Provident Behavioral Health
-Stray Dog Theatre/Arts in Mind 
-Unleashing Potential
-United 4 Children (Professional Development Training)

ARCHS’ After School for All Partnership (ASAP) is the largest coordinated after school system in St. Louis, providing free, high-quality programming for under-resourced children in grades K-5. ARCHS secures its funding for ASAP from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Saint Louis MHB. Additional in-kind support is provided by the Jennings School District and Saint Louis Public Schools.

ARCHS’ ASAP programs focus on four core activities: academic support/enrichment, social/life skills, health/recreation, and parent/family involvement. All ARCHS’ ASAP sites meet state licensing standards. ARCHS’ ASAP site staff are provided with extensive professional development training opportunities.

During the most recent school year, ARCHS’ ASAP served 1,370 students at 29 locations through in-person and virtual settings. Students benefitted from 17,826 learning activities and 300,000 hot meals.

ARCHS FY 21 Impact Video Report

ARCHS has released its FY 21 Impact Video Report. The video showcases the amazing work of its 27 funded partners during the most challenging of times. They each found innovative ways to navigate the pandemic, and NONE missed an opportunity to push the boundaries of innovation to meet urgent client needs.

Whether in-person or virtual, these combined efforts led to more than 64,148 of the region’s most under-resourced residents to be provided with vital human services. With a combined economic impact of $33.4 million, ARCHS and its partners are committed to convening and collaborating to enhance programs. 

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ARCHS Awards $1 Million to Launch Healthy Families Missouri Initiative

Home Visitation Program RegionsThis summer ARCHS awarded a combined $1 million to four organizations to launch Healthy Families Missouri (HFM) to serve children and families in 42 counties across the state of Missouri.

ARCHS is providing grants to Community Partnership of the Ozarks (Springfield, MO), New Madrid County Human Resources Council (New Madrid, MO), Northeast Caring Communities (Lancaster, MO), and The Community Partnership (Rolla, MO).

The ARCHS’ funded organizations will serve as Healthy Families America® (HFA) affiliates. HFA is one of the leading family support and evidence-based home visiting programs in the United States. The program is designed to promote positive parenting, enhance child health and development, and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Parental participation in the program is voluntary. HFA uses research-based tools proven to strengthen families​ with a focus reaching families at highest risk for child abuse and neglect​. HFA affiliate staff will provide personalized goal planning and support to families​ with an emphasis on parenting and child development​ education. Staff will also provide referrals to area education, housing, and additional community resources.

ARCHS and the funded organizations are part of The Family and Community Trust (FACT). ARCHS secured the funding through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Childhood. ARCHS serves as the program’s strategic technical advisor and fiscal agent.

“Our state-wide partners are uniquely positioned to help launch this new initiative to support Missouri’s children and families. This proven home visiting model will greatly enhance the state’s parent education and child safety efforts,” says Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer.

“By drawing upon the local expertise of our community partnerships, these new programs will offer a strong foundation to provide vital support services to parents,” says William T. Dent, FACT’s Executive Director.

The goals of the state-wide initiative include:

-22 jobs created with on-the-job training to become HFA certified as family support specialists
-286 families served monthly
-48 parent education cafés will be offered throughout the year
-5,700+ home visits completed annually

ARCHS Awards $685,280 to United 4 Children to Enhance Early Childhood Programming

This summer ARCHS awarded $685,280 in funding to United 4 Children to provide Educare and Infant Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) services. Funding will collectively support 120 regional childcare programs, including 190 staff trainings, and 1,500 quality improvement site visits.

“ARCHS has partnered with United 4 Children for several years to provide youth development and out-of-school time programs. We are excited about expanding this partnership with an intensive focus on vital early childhood programs serving under-resourced families,” says ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough. 

“We are honored to partner with ARCHS in our shared vision for Missouri’s children to be given every opportunity to be safe, healthy, and to thrive in high quality learning settings from birth and beyond,” says United 4 Children Executive Director Deanna Finch.  

The Educare program supports, educates, and provides resources that improve the quality of childcare and early learning programs which serve children receiving state childcare subsidies. The program’s goal is to ensure that all childcare and early learning programs have the knowledge and support needed to provide developmentally appropriate practices and to implement early childhood programming that supports children’s development.  

Educare services are available to family childcare programs that serve at least one child receiving childcare subsidy assistance from the state. This includes registered but unlicensed family childcare providers, licensed family childcare providers, and licensed family childcare providers operating in a group home setting. 

ITSN’s goal is to improve the quality of infant and toddler care. The program provides free support to childcare providers, including assessment of infant and toddler classrooms, on-site consultations, materials, and targeted trainings. ITSN helps childcare centers or providers who are licensed or license-exempt, care for children ages 0-36 months, and care for at least one child receiving a state childcare subsidy. 

ARCHS funding for Educare and ITSN is provided by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Childhood. 

ARCHS Awards $450,000 to Support Summer Enrichment Programs and Address Learning Loss Associated with COVID-19

Jennings Mayor Yolanda Austin visits with youth participating in ARCHS' funded summer enrichment program offered by Provident Behavioral Health at Woodland Elementary School.

ARCHS issued $450,00 to provide summer 2021 enrichment programs for more than 740 youth at 22 St. Louis area locations managed by 10 area youth development organizations including: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, Gene Slay’s Girls & Boys Club, Midtown Community Services, Northside Youth & Senior Service Center, Provident Behavioral Health, Unleashing Potential, SPROG/Horizons, Stray Dog Theatre/Arts in Mind, Wesley House Association, and Youth & Family Center.

In addition, ARCHS is partnering with HealthWorks! Museum (traveling show assembly around health/wellness), Operation CEO (entrepreneurship program), and Mentors in Motion (math & music mentorship program) to further enhance the summer programs.

This year, the programs will intentionally address learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on academic support/enrichment, social and life skills, health and recreation, character development, and parent and family involvement. Each day, a nutritious meal or snack will be provided.