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ARCHS 2019 Summer Food Guide

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Over the past seven years, more than 30,000 students have benefited from ARCHS’ Summer Meals Initiative, primarily through the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children program (SEBTC).

Unfortunately this year, ARCHS and other Missouri organizations were not chosen to provide this highly successful program. In past years the SEBTC program has ensured students and their families had the extra funding required to offer adequate meals over the summer break.

During the summer extra support is needed since students will miss out on meals that are normally provided at school. Nutrition during the summer helps stimulate learning and better prepares students for a new school year. 

That is why ARCHS has published its annual Summer Meals Guide in effort to bridge the gap between school semesters. Please utilize and share this information with area human service organizations to link local families with food and nutrition resources during the summer season.

Missouri Kids Count Data

Missouri’s Family and Community Trust (FACT) presented new trends in the Missouri KIDS COUNT®  (MKC) data at Child Advocacy Day in Jefferson City on April 2, 2019. The data is comprised of six indicators – poverty, food insecurity, preventable hospitalizations, child asthma ER visits, births to teens, and graduation rates. From these indicators, MKC representatives analyzed, on a county level, Missouri’s ability to foster healthy and safe environments for children.

It is clear that great strides have been made in Missouri to improve the lives of children. The latest MKC reporting (tracking data from 2013-2017) shows that socioeconomic status of children in the state are improving. However, these improvements are affected by both environment and race.

Overall, the number of children living in poverty and food insecure homes has declined over the last five years. Similarly, the number of preventable hospitalizations, asthma related ER visits and births to teens have declined. However, significant differences based on race and environment are observed. For example, in 2017 almost 38% black/African American children compared to 14% white children were reported to be living in poverty. Similarly, babies born to black mothers were twice as likely to be low birthweight infants.  

Children in St. Louis City remain disproportionally disadvantaged compared to others across the state. In 2017 the state wide comparisons ranked St. Louis City last (115 out 115) and show that a little more than 3 out of 10 children are living below poverty.

Comparisons across the three metropolitan communities ARCHS serves show children in St. Charles County continue to enjoy a higher quality of life compared to those in St. Louis County and City respectively. Children in St. Louis City are almost 5 times more likely to be living in a poor household and twice as likely to be in a food insecure households compared to those in St. Charles County. 

MKCData2019Source: Missouri Kids Count (2019, April). State and county outcome measures.  Presented at the 37th Annual Child Advocacy Day, Jefferson City, Missouri.  

FACT is a not-for-profit organization serving as the Annie E. Casey sponsored KIDS COUNT® organization in Missouri - Missouri KIDS COUNT®. ARCHS serves as FACT’s KIDS COUNT® representative in the St. Louis region.

New Report Documents Children in Foster Care More Likely to Live in Families

Trends in U.S. foster care placements in the past ten years show improvements according to the latest released Annie E. Casey Foundation (April 2019) report.  By focusing on the Family First law Missouri has managed to place 2.6 times more (13%) children who enter the foster care system with relatives and foster families compared to the national average (5%).

The new report also notes that while improvements in the number of children place outside traditional group homes and institutions has declined, national placement of black and older children (13 -18 years) has remained stagnant over the last 10 years. For example, in 2017 only 81% Black children compared to 86% Latino and 87% White were placed with families. Similarly, only 58% of the children aged 13 years and older compared to 95% aged 12 and younger were placed with families.

Child Welfare Systems Least Likely to Place Black Children in Family Settings

(Source: https://www.aecf.org/m/blogdoc/1200x628px_Child_Welfare_Systems_Least_Likely_to_Place_Black_Children_in_Family_Settings.png)

Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT) is a not-for-profit organization serving as the Annie E. Casey sponsored KIDS COUNT® organization in Missouri - Missouri KIDS COUNT®. ARCHS serves as FACT’s KIDS COUNT® representative in the St. Louis region.

In St. Louis, ARCHS provides funding and resources to support the work of the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition to prevent adoption disruption, support family well-being, and secure adoptive homes for children waiting in state custody.

REF: The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2019). Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in U.S Foster Care placements. Baltimore, MD. Retrieved from https://www.aecf.org/resources/keeping-kids-in-families/
 

Social Solutions Global Awards ARCHS with Ballmer Group Investment Matching Grant

Social Solutions Ballmer
Social Solutions Global today announced ARCHS and Kansas City Local Investment Commission (LINC) as recipients of Social Solutions matching grants using funding from Ballmer Group. The matching grants will defray 50 percent of the licensing costs for Social Solutions’ leading case management and analytics solution, Apricot 360.

Both organizations are significant providers of out-of-school time child care in their communities, supporting critical initiatives including early childhood education, correctional re-entry programs, and fostered youth programs, and serve as crucial coordinating hubs in their respective communities. The matching grant includes other community partners that are part of the Missouri Family and Community Trust (MoFACT), a private-public sector partnership that consists of the major state agencies involved in social services and education.

With their Apricot 360 licenses, LINC, ARCHS and the other Missouri community partnerships can now:

  • - harness data for more comprehensive reporting
  • - proactively identify risks and take action
  • - address chronic absenteeism
  • - support education enrichment in out-of-school time programs
“We’re thrilled to expand our partnerships throughout Kansas City and St. Louis and are inspired by the dedication of these organizations in supporting at-risk students and families in their communities,” said Kristin Nimsger, CEO of Social Solutions. “With more robust access to insights and data, these organizations can take their work to the next level and support students where they need it most.”

"In St. Louis, ARCHS is committed to disrupting cycles of intergenerational poverty by advancing lifelong learning, and a large part of this is providing holistic support of each student and family,” said Wendell E. Kimbrough, Chief Executive Officer of ARCHS. “With this matching grant, the Apricot 360 solution will enhance ARCHS’ strategic consulting and technical support services for our grantees related to data management and program evaluation.”