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Business of Family Childcare Institute


Friday & Saturday, March 6-7, 2015

Noon to 5:00 pm (Friday) and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Saturday)

St. Louis Community College-Forest Park (Bastian Theatre)

5600 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110

Featuring: Noted business expert Tom Copeland; up to 12 clock hours; and classes on record keeping, insurance, taxes, marketing, retirement planning, and legal issues. Additional sessions by ARCHS, The Magic House, United 4 Children, and St. Louis County Library. Includes free and discounted educational materials. Ideal for registered, licensed, and accredited early childhood programs.

Registration costs:

  • Two day registration March 6 & 7: $50
  • One day registration March 6: $20
  • One day registration March 7: $30 (includes lunch)

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ARCHS' October 4 stl250 History Institute


It’s been the summer of the stl250 cakes. Families have scoured the bi-state area in search of these creative expressions of St. Louis’ amazing history. Now, it’s time to learn about the fascinating people and places these symbolic cakes represent.

On Saturday October 4, 2014 ARCHS and stl250 will host a day-long History Institute for Early Childhood and Youth Development professionals at Harris-Stowe State University (Clay Center). More than 20 hands-on workshops will be featured.

Participants will learn how to make history come alive from St. Louis’ preeminent history educators and historians. You'll also find out how area students can take part in stl250’s special Time Capsule project.

Don’t just study history – be a part of it.


The Institute will begin with a keynote address from Charlie Brennan, KMOX radio host and author of Amazing St. Louis: 250 Years of Great Tales and Curiosities.

In his new book, Brennan divulges how St. Louisans gave the world rock ‘n roll, the cocktail party, the city of Chicago, the musical “Cats,” and more! Brennan also shares some of the world’s strangest oddities and curiosities that just happened to take place in the Gateway to the West. Packed with hundreds of almost unknown facts about the people and events of St. Louis, this book is ideal for lovers of this great American city and its rich history. At the Institute, he will explain how  teaching history to students of all ages promotes learning and civic pride

Read more: ARCHS' October 4 stl250 History Institute

When to NOT Apply for a Grant


When to NOT Apply for a Grant
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
St. Louis Public Library, 2nd Floor Training Room
1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

It's always tough to resist the temptation to apply for grants. ARCHS' experts will offer tried-and-true tips on how to analyze whether or not your nonprofit organization has the crucial elements in place to go after complicated funding. Learn how to look at a grant and say "no" within 15 minutes. Discussion will focus on funder history, grant expectations, deliverables, outputs/outcomes, and evaluation components. Co-sponsored by ARCHS and the St. Louis Public Library Grants and Foundations Center.

Register by calling 314-539-0357 or email Kim Parks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..