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Save the Date: 2013 Missouri Reentry Conference

The 2013 Missouri Reentry Conference will held November 20-22 at Tan-Tar-A Resort at Osage Beach. The Conference has issued a "Call for Presentations." Proposals are due by Thursday, August 15, and presenters will be notified in late August. Follow directions on link.

The Conference provides high-quality education and networking opportunities for corrections professionals and community-based partners who contribute to the prisoner reentry process. The multiple tracks format offers a self-directed, facilitated learning environment with education sessions, interactive forums, and exhibits. Education sessions are carefully designed to transcend all industry sectors, focusing on current and emerging issues, best practices, and the many challenges that the community, corrections staffs, and ex-offenders face.

The annual Conference is sponsored by Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS), Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Social Services, and Family and Community Trust (FACT).

Registration will be available early September at

ARCHS' Academic Partnerships Keep Making the Grade

ARCHS' Institute

More than 350 early childhood professionals packed Harris-Stowe State University on April 21 to attend ARCHS’ second annual Early Childhood Science and Outdoor Learning Institute. The sold out event provided up to six-clock hours of hands-on-training featuring presentations from such noted organizations as Gateway Greening, Nature Explore, Missouri Botanical Garden, and St. Louis Science Center.

The Institute kicked off ARCHS’ and Harris Stowe’s sponsorship of several “Week of the Young Child” events taking place across the region April 23-27, 2012. ARCHS’ 180 supported child care programs are celebrating the annual event with activities that highlight the importance of early childhood education.

ARCHS' Accreditation Expertise

ARCHS and Harris-Stowe are also celebrating the news that the University’s William L. Clay Sr. Early Childhood Development and Parent Education Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). ARCHS provided technical assistance and professional development support to the Center as part of the rigorous accreditation preparation, review, and site visit process.

ARCHS helps increase the quality of child care and education programs by providing support to child care programs like those at Harris-Stowe that are going through the accreditation or reaccreditation process.

ARCHS' Academic Partnerships

Harris-Stowe is just one the many colleges and universities ARCHS works with to enhance the more than 400 community partnerships it is engaged in with a focus on lifelong learning.

Read more: ARCHS' Academic Partnerships Keep Making the Grade

ARCHS Hosts Reentry Presentation

To help share ideas on reentry programs, the ARCHS' “Building Nonprofit Partnerships in St. Louis: Prisoner Reentry Services” presentation was held in January 2010 at the St. Louis Public Library. Dozens of reentry partners from the area gathered to learn from one another on ways local nonprofits can work together to find and build resources for ex-offenders.

Whether it was nonprofits already in existence or ones looking to form in the near future, ideas were shared with one another on reentry topics.

ARCHS Hosts Social Networking Presentation

ARCHS' Executive Vice-President Steve BrawleyThe ARCHS' "Getting Down to Business With Social Networking" presentation was held in September 2010 at the St. Louis Public Library. Nearly 40 area not-for-profit staff and volunteers attended the presentation and received tips on how to advance their not-for-profit's social mission and business strategies.

ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough, Executive Vice-President Steven Brawley, Director of IT Partnerships Eric Monroe and Communications Specialist Justin Gibson explained how ARCHS utilizes social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The free event was co-sponsored by ARCHS and the St. Louis Public Library Grants and Foundations Center.