ARCHS' Educare Program
Funder: Missouri Department of Social Services
Goal: Provide support, resources, and educational opportunities to home based child care providers.
Program Partner: More than 90 home-based child care programs in St. Louis City/County.
Most Recent Impact/Results: In 2012-2013, 91 area home-based child care programs served with 100% completing quality improvement plans and setting goals for quality improvement. ARCHS' Educare impacted 771 children: 433 (56%) who receive DSS child care subsidy assistance, 52 (7%) who have special needs, and 184 (24%) who are cared for by a relative. Child care providers who participated in ARCHS' Educare received the following educational support - More than 50,000 minutes in training and technical assistance, 12 support group opportunities (focused on math, science, literacy, Emotional Beginnings, fine motor/pre-writing development, etc.), monthly drawings to provide educational materials such as science supplies, and 3 conference opportunities. Providers in Educare saw an overall increase in the health and safety of their homes with the help of a Health and Safety Checklist implemented by ARCHS.
Availability: Open to family child care programs that serve at least one child who receives Missouri Department of Social Services child care subsidy assistance, including:
- Registered, unlicensed family child care providers
- Licensed family child care providers
- Licensed family child care providers operating in a group home or setting