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ARCHS Digital Summer Guide

ARCHS Summer Guide Cover VideoSummer 2020 is going to look a little different as summer camps, businesses, and communities adhere to social distancing measures. ARCHS is launching its Digital Summer Guide on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Connect with STLARCHS on all social media platforms to get the latest resources, services, learning opportunities, and COVID-19 developments. 

ARCHS Coronavirus Update

Effective March 17, 2020, ARCHS will temporarily close its public offices. ARCHS’ staff will be working remotely to provide strategic technical assistance and support to our network of funded partners who are on the frontlines of service enhancing the lives of our region’s most resource-deprived children and families.

During this challenging time, we will maintain close communication with our partners to ensure our supported programs continue to operate at maximum capacity. ARCHS’ representatives will be in touch with our partners to assist with any operational issues.

If you are unable to reach your ARCHS’ representative through normal means of email or phone, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will forward your message to the appropriate personnel.

As the world, nation, and St. Louis community face this moment in history, we know our common bonds of empathy and service will guide us.

FY 2019 Child Safety Initiatives

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ARCHS provides funding and strategic support for children across St. Louis in all stages from birth to high school graduation. In FY 2019, ARCHS' funded partners ensured parents of newborns were set up with Safe Sleep Packs, helped children with disabilities secure equipment to grow just like other kids, and access to mental health treatment was readily available. 

Here are just a few highlights from FY 2019 Child Safety Data:
  • Nearly $5,000 of materials and supplies (diapers, clothing, hygiene supplies, baby monitors, rent assistance, etc.) was given by ARCHS' partner Annie Malone Children & Family Service Center's Parent Advocacy Program to stabilize the family unit and prevent children from entering foster care. 
  • ARCHS support allowed St. Louis Arc to loan an average of 191 pieces of therapeutic equipment per month to families of children with special developmental needs. 100% of those families reported improvement in their child's target area of development as a result of equipment use.
  • ARCHS' partner Hopewell Center provided 857 mental health therapy sessions to more than 150 students and delivered training to more than 70 parents and teachers so they can better assess behavioral and emotional disorders. 
  • ARCHS support allowed the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition Extreme Recruitment Program to connect more than 30 children between ages 10-18, the most difficult age group to place, with safe and appropriate relatives. 
Click on the infographic below for a more in-depth look at all of ARCHS' Child Safety Initiatives and the impact in St. Louis, or watch our video here.

Explanation of Missouri's Required DHSS Clock Hours

Many child care facilities recieved a notice in the first few weeks of 2020 from the State of Missouri regarding changes for DHSS Clock Hours, and ARCHS would like to answer some common questions about it. It is now mandatory for 'Six or Fewer' and 'License-Exempt' facilities to earn at least 6 DHSS Clock Hours to continue eligibility for child care subsidies. Licensed child care facilities are still required to earn 12 DHSS Clock Hours.

Do the training requirements apply to all child care providers?
Initial and annual training is required for all licensed and license-exempt child care providers with a contract or registration agreement with the Department of Social Services to provide care to children eligible for child care subsidy. Any child care provider, staff or volunteer counted in the child/staff ratio or who is responsible for the supervision of children is required to complete the required training topics.

Where can I find the actual law that states who must obtain the training?
The training requirements are outlined in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and defined in federal regulation, 45 CFR part 98 (98.41 and 98.44). A copy of the law can be found by clicking here. 

What initial trainings are required, and where can I find them?
The Missouri Department of Social Services has a 'Training Clarification' section on its website with a complete list of initial required trainings for each provider type. Click here to see the Training Clarification. 

You can easily find trainings at We have created a video tutorial to navigate Missouri Workshop Calendar below. Cost for trainings vary and can be found with each listing. 

Please visit this link for other Frequently Asked Questions regarding DHSS training hours:


Funding for STL Educare is provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, Early Childhood and Prevention Services Section.