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2017 Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Conference

The Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT) as part of its No Kid Hungry initiative, is hosting two Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Sponsor Conferences this year. One will be in Kansas City and one in St. Louis. Sponsors will receive their mandatory USDA sponsor training by attending the two day event.

Kansas City Conference, March 20 – 21, 2017, Marriott Country Club Plaza. Special room rate is available! Rooms are limited! Call 816.531.3000 to reserve your room and mention you are attending the No Kid Hungry Conference.

St. Louis Conference, March 30 – 31, 2017, Marriott West. Special room rate is available! Rooms are limited! Call 314.878.2747 to reserve your room and mention you are attending the No Kid Hungry Conference.

The No Kid Hungry initiative promotes increased participation in summer meal programs. You will have the opportunity to interact with organizations throughout the state as well as learn best practices from across the country! Topics covered will include:

Read more: 2017 Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Conference

ARCHS' 2017 Black History Month Resource Guide

February is Black History Month. ARCHS encourages area education programs to promote the important role African Americans have played throughout St. Louis' dynamic history.

There are several events and activities taking place during the month.

Area education and youth development programs can offer classroom activities or arrange field trip to area historical attractions.

Download ARCHS' 2017 Black History Month Resource Guide

New Child Care Subsidy Trainings

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IMPORTANT UPDATES ABOUT THE REQUIRED TRAININGS

NEW ARCHS' STL EDUCARE WEBSITE WITH UPDATED REQUIRED TRAINING INFORMATION

Child care programs receiving child care subsidy payments from the State of Missouri are being mailed letters from the Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division outlining new mandatory trainings. ARCHS' STL Educare will be conducting the required trainings several times each month at Harris-Stowe State University for St. Louis City and St. Louis County area child care programs. Please follow these s
teps:

Step 1:
You will need a MOPD ID number (for each staff member) to register for the trainings. This is different from a DVN number. To obtain (or look up your MOPD ID number) Click here.
Step 2:
Pre-register for the required trainings via ARCHS' STL Educare. Click here.
Step 3:
Attend and complete the ARCHS' STL Educare trainings at Harris-Stowe State University.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who does this impact?

As of October 2016, all child care providers (and staff) must complete required trainings to continue receiving child care subsidy payments. Required trainings must be completed by June 30, 2017.

Why is training now required?
A new child care law went into effect to ensure a safer, more family-friendly child care program. This law requires training for all child care providers and their staff. This required training helps ensure the health and safety of your facility and the children in your care.

What training is required?

Click here. If you have current CPR/First Aid certifications, you do not need to retake until your certifications expire. Some training topics will be one-time; others must be done each year.

What happens if I do not finish my training?
If you (and your staff) do not finish training by June 30, 2017 your facility’s registration will be terminated and subsidy payments will end.

How do I get the trainings?

In St.Louis City and St. Louis County, ARCHS’ STL Educare provides the required trainings. All of ARCHS’ STL Educare trainings are FREE. All Missouri child care providers (and staff) receiving a subsidy payment are required to attend training, so sessions will fill quickly. Click here. Information about other training opportunitiies can be found here.

How will DSS know I finished my training?

The state will track your trainings through your personal six-digit ID number, called a MOPD ID. All staff must have an individual ID number.You will need this to register for your classes. Click here.

For additional help, contact ARCHS’ STL Educare:
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Call: 314-289-5638

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Funding for these trainings is provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children's Division, Early Childhood and Prevention Services Section.

ARCHS' FY 2016 Audit

Different types of CRA auditsIndependent auditors have given ARCHS an "unmodified" or "clean" audit for the 15th consecutive fiscal year. ARCHS' FY 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) financial audit was reviewed and approved by ARCHS' Board of Directors at the December 7, 2016 meeting.

Issuance of "unmodified" means an auditor, upon review of an organization's financial statements and accompanying notes, concluded that the financial statements and accompanying notes are presented fairly, conform to generally accepted accounting principles, and fairly represent the true financial picture of the organization.

"Annual audits assure ARCHS' funders and program partners that our organization is responsibly and properly managing the resources entrusted to us," said ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough. "Our solid accounting controls ensure we are able to fund and enhance the delivery of more than 30 education and social service programs that annually improve the lives of more than 100,000 St. Louisans."

For the seventh consecutive year, ARCHS has also successfully completed a federal 2 CFR 200 audit (formerly called an A-133 audit) for its work with federal funding. A 2 CFR 200 audit is required for any organization that expends more than $750,000 in a year in funding from the federal government.

During FY 2016, ARCHS had a $19 million impact on the region. Within that number, $8 million were grants and other revenues, and $11 million were funds/resources secured by ARCHS' education and social service program partners.

The FY 2016 audit also highlighted that ARCHS’ “administrative overhead” costs are 17 percent, substantially below the national average of 25 percent as calculated by the national United Way and other groups. This means that ARCHS is able to directly allocate at least 83 cents out of every dollar it manages to provide vital education and social service programs. The remaining 17 cents provide necessary program support services that help manage and evaluate the programs to assure their long-term success.