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FY 2023 After School Impact Report

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ARCHS has released its FY 2023 After School Impact Report. ARCHS is committed to measuring the outcomes of its funded after-school programs and ensuring clients’ needs are met. One of the ways ARCHS does this is by conducting end-of-year surveys with the families, youth, and staff. The end-of-school year 2022-2023 surveys provide valuable feedback on program quality and effectiveness while simultaneously identifying areas for improvement for the upcoming school year.

ARCHS Announces $1.4 Million Investment in Addressing Food Insecurity

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ARCHS has been awarded a multi-year grant from the USDA to address on-going food desert concerns in St. Louis’ most under-resourced communities.  During the first two years of the grant, more than $1.4 million in funding will provide fresh food and produce to more than 175,000 individuals.

During the first two months of the initiative, 11,050 boxes of food and produce weighing 276,250 pounds were distributed. The boxes served more than 44,200 people with a value of $276,250.

The initiative is a partnership between the USDA’s Local Food Purchase Agreement (LFPA), the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family and Community Trust, and ARCHS.

The program serves not-for-profits in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, and Warren County. ARCHS is utilizing the expertise of Ole Tyme Produce to secure the food and produce from local and regional farmers.

“ARCHS is partnering with its current portfolio of 40 funded agencies and additional community partners to strengthen existing food distribution networks, as well as create new ones,” said Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS chief executive officer.

“USDA is excited to see such strong interest in local food and regional food systems from states, territories, tribal governments, and organizations throughout the country,” said USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt. “These programs leverage government procurement efforts to increase access to locally sourced, fresh, healthy, and nutritious food in underserved communities while building more and better markets, especially for underserved producers.”  

“This cooperative agreement allows us to continue to support families facing financial hardships across the state by ensuring they have access to nutritious, locally produced food,” said Robert J. Knodell, Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services. “The Department of Social Services is excited to extend this opportunity to Missouri citizens as we carry out our mission to empower Missourians to live safe, healthy, and productive lives.”

Not-for-profit service agencies (not individuals) interested in participating in the initiative must complete an application form for consideration.


Human Trafficking Presentation

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ARCHS' St. Louis Alliance for Reentry (STAR) will host a special presentation on the Fundamentals of Human Trafficking on Wed., Sept. 20. 
The training will provide an overview of human trafficking and how it begins, the trafficker, and the buyers. It will further cover indicators of human trafficking, the victim centered approach, and how the multi-disciplines must work together. Most importantly, the presentation will cover resources for working with human trafficking victims. Featured speaker will be Corporal Kimberly Davis, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Division of Drug & Crime Control, Human Trafficking Coordinator. Only 80 registration slots are available.

2023 Missouri Reentry Conference

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Early bird rates are available for the Nov. 1-3, 2023 
Missouri Reentry Conference at the Lodge of Four Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks.

This year's theme is Show Me Reentry. As always, the Conference is a great networking and resource sharing opportunity for those working with justice-involved individuals. There are also opportunities for Conference sponsorships, exhibitors, and speakers.

The 19th annual Conference is once again hosted by ARCHS, Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Social Services, and The Family and Community Trust (FACT).

Register early to benefit from discounted rates.

Conference Registration:
$150 early bird individual registration rate through September 25. ($200 after)

Hotel Reservations:
$125 early bird per night room rate through September 25.

Learn More & Register

Missouri Makes Historic $4 Million Investment to Support Early Educators in St. Louis

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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Office of Childhood has awarded three grants valued at $4 million to ARCHS to strategically support early educators working with infant and toddler children as well as preschoolers. ARCHS will partner with United 4 Children to create three new regional collaborative networks:

•    Home-Based Child-Care Collaborative Network
•    Infant Toddler Child Care Collaborative Network
•    Preschool Child Care Collaborative Network

The collaboratives will operate in a cohort model, working with early educators to achieve goals through coaching, training, and connections to resources during either a 3-month or 6-month period.

ARCHS has been funding and strategically enhancing early childhood initiatives for the past 25 years in partnership with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Social Services.

“This is the largest investment ever by the state of Missouri for early childhood professional development in the St. Louis region. ARCHS and United 4 Children will collaborate to implement, manage, and enhance these innovative programs,” said ARCHS’ Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough.

“We are excited to see such a strong state investment in supporting early learning and early educators in the St. Louis area. These programs will provide regional support to early childhood educators to help build the preschool to promise pipeline and ensure that children enter Kindergarten safe, healthy, and ready to learn,” said United 4 Children Executive Director Deanna Finch.

ARCHS and United 4 Children have a long-standing history of providing strategic on-site consulting and technical assistance for early educators. The organizations have collaborated more than 10 years to provide leadership and business training that enhances the region’s early childcare workforce.