Childcare Quality Improvement
On Saturday, May 2, 2015 ARCHS partnered with ChildCare Aware of Eastern Missouri/LUME Institute, Missouri Botanical Garden, PNC Bank, Project Launch, Ready Readers, T.E.A.C.H. Missouri, and United 4 Children to host the first annual St. Louis Early Childhood Providers Appreciation Event. More than 250 early childhood educators gathered at the Garden to celebrate and acknowledge each other’s work to serve area children through center and home based child care programs. Seven early childhood educators were recognized for their achievements and contributions to the St. Louis early childhood community. View photo gallery below.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury highlighted the leadership role ARCHS is playing in the national implementation of a new retirement savings program.
On April 20, representatives from the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis visited ARCHS to acknowledge ARCHS' support.
To date, more than 15 early childhood programs that ARCHS provides strategic technical assistance and professional development to have signed up to offer the program to their employees.
The U.S. Treasury has developed myRA (my Retirement Account), a new retirement savings account, to help people save for their future.
Pictured (left to right) Rick Corrigan - U.S. Treasury Program Specialist, LaTanya Draine - Kidz Learning Zone; Ingrid Taylor - Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; and Wendell E. Kimbrough - ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer.
On March 6 and 7, ARCHS hosted a Business of Family Childcare Institute at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park that featured early childhood business expert Tom Copeland - who presented classes on record keeping, insurance, taxes, marketing, retirement planning, and legal issues. More than 100 area home-based child care providers earned up to 12 clock hours. Additional presenters included the Belle Children’s Center, First Steps, United 4 Children, Learning Disabilities Association, Parents as Teachers, St. Louis County Library, and the Magic House. ARCHS provides intensive professional development and technical assistance to support area home-based child care providers through its Educare programming.
ARCHS' Educare provides support, resources, and educational opportunities to home-based child care providers. ARCHS' Educare currently serves more than 90 child care programs in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.
Last year, 100% of ARCHS' supported Educare programs completed quality improvement plans and set goals for continued quality improvement. ARCHS' Educare impacted 771 children: 433 (56%) who receive DSS child care subsidy, 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 three conference opportunities. Educare providers saw an overall increase in the health and safety of their home sites with the help of a Health and Safety Checklist implemented by ARCHS.