More than 350 early childhood professionals packed Harris-Stowe State University on April 21 to attend ARCHS’ second annual Early Childhood Science and Outdoor Learning Institute. The sold out event provided up to six-clock hours of hands-on-training featuring presentations from such noted organizations as Gateway Greening, Nature Explore, Missouri Botanical Garden, and St. Louis Science Center.
The Institute kicked off ARCHS’ and Harris Stowe’s sponsorship of several “Week of the Young Child” events taking place across the region April 23-27, 2012. ARCHS’ 180 supported child care programs are celebrating the annual event with activities that highlight the importance of early childhood education.
ARCHS' Accreditation Expertise
ARCHS and Harris-Stowe are also celebrating the news that the University’s William L. Clay Sr. Early Childhood Development and Parent Education Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). ARCHS provided technical assistance and professional development support to the Center as part of the rigorous accreditation preparation, review, and site visit process.
ARCHS helps increase the quality of child care and education programs by providing support to child care programs like those at Harris-Stowe that are going through the accreditation or reaccreditation process.
ARCHS' Academic Partnerships
Harris-Stowe is just one the many colleges and universities ARCHS works with to enhance the more than 400 community partnerships it is engaged in with a focus on lifelong learning.
ARCHS was highlighted at a presentation April 10 hosted by the Gateway Center for Giving. The Center released their new "Measuring the Work of Intermediaries in the St. Louis Region" report.
Information about ARCHS begins on page seven of the report, and describes what information ARCHS tracks and presents to communicate its value and return on investment to funders.
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ARCHS is pleased to announce that the After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP) and St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) will be honored on May 3 with What's Right With The Region (WRWR) awards from FOCUS St. Louis. The 15th annual regional celebration recognizes success stories from the Greater St. Louis area.
ASAP is receiving the award for its work in increasing access to, and the quality of, after school programs for more than 4,000 students each year. ARCHS, St. Louis for Kids, Saint Louis Public Schools, after school program providers, and a unique blend of public and private funders have strategically worked together since ASAP was created in 2007.
STAR is led by Missouri Department of Corrections, ARCHS, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, and more than 30 other organizations who are working in a highly collaborative manner to improve public safety, reduce recidivism, and create positive opportunities for area ex-offenders.
In 2005, ARCHS was honored with a WRWR award for its work related to improving the quality of area early childhood programs.
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Registration is now open for ARCHS' 2nd Annual Early Childhood Science and Outdoor Learning Institute, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at Harris-Stowe State University (Clay Center - 10 North Compton Ave., St. Louis 63103).
Six clock hours will be awarded for the event that features interactive presentations by Nature Explore, Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Science Center, Gateway Greening, and many others. Registration is only available online and is limited.
There is a $30 institute fee which includes materials and lunch. Discounted $10 fee is available for ARCHS' current early childhood program grantees for a limited time.
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At its March meeting, ARCHS' Board of Directors elected three new board members. The new members are Karen Aroesty (Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League), Maggie Cole (Director of Environmental Safety and Health, Monsanto), and Sarah Javier (Vice President of Development and Marketing, Crider Health Center).
Welcome to the new board members.