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
Funders: State of Missouri Department of Social Services, St. Louis Mental Health Board, Stupp Foundation, Woods Foundation, City of St. Louis, Essilor Vision Foundation, HealthCare USA, and Crown Vision Center.
The question of where you went to high school puzzles those not from St. Louis. ARCHS belives that if the question has to be asked, then the answer should be: "I went to a good school." That's why ARCHS' supports federal, state and local funders in their efforts to enhance local learning at the elementary school level.
Goal: Provide adult mentors to juvenile offenders associated with the Missouri Division of Youth Services.
Program Partner: Fathers' Support Center
Most Recent Impact/Results: Parents with children in the program indicated an overall positive perception of the mentoring activities. On a scale of 1-4, parental scores averaged 3.65. Through the program, 18 youth received GEDs, and 11 enrolled in secondary education.
Funders: State of Missouri Department of Social Services, the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, and the City of St. Louis.
The transformation of urban settings from former industrial hubs to new global-linked centers requires new ways of learning for adults of all ages and backgrounds. ARCHS supports federal, state and local funders in their efforts to ensure parents continue their learning experiences whether its GED completion or advanced vocational training.
ARCHS' clients are the funders who hold ARCHS directly accountable for the management and delivery of the grants they entrust to ARCHS. ARCHS does not deliver programs directly to the general public. ARCHS' selects/hires area service delivery organizations that have the skills and capacity necessary to fulfill the terms of the grant.
ARCHS has a network of more than 400 area organizations who deliver services to thousands of the region's most vulnerable citizens. ARCHS' service delivery partners benefit from the strategic technical assistance and professional development provided by ARCHS staff.
ARCHS staff are not paper pushers! ARCHS' team meets regularly with its service providers to find out how programs are doing and offer advice and input on what's working, what challenges there may be, and what promising best practices may be occuring.
Region Excess Medication Disposal Service (RxMEDS)
ARCHS' Funding Partner: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2007)
Goal: Safe and "Green" Disposal of Medications
ARCHS' Service Delivery Partners: Schnuck Markets, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Cintas Corporation, AARP Missouri Chapter, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, OASIS, Senior Services Plus, Saint Louis University