2014 Missouri Reentry Conference
November 19-21


ARCHS' Regional Educare

In 2009, ARCHS was asked by the state of Missouri to assume responsibility for the Educare programs in the City of St. Louis. In 2010, ARCHS was asked to expand its role and ensure that quality Educare programming was provided to the entire region.

ARCHS' Educare aims to improve the quality of child care for Missouri's children between the ages of birth to five-years-old (emphasis on birth to 36 months). Educare is one of four early childhood initiatives that ARCHS supports on behalf of the Department of Social Services (DSS), Children's Division.

Educare is open to registered/unlicensed child care providers who have signed up with the State of Missouri to provide care to four or fewer children. ARCHS' Educare will provide training and technical assistance to unregulated child care home providers, who will receive personalized education using the Emotional Beginnings curriculum. On-site consultations will also be provided on how to improve the quality of child care programs by ARCHS' staff.

ARCHS' Educare serves home care providers in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.

Educare benefits the child care provider by helping them become more marketable and helping children in their home program get ready for success in school. Participants also receive educational materials and handouts to share with their families and they have the opportunity to meet other home providers in the area.