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"We are just so devastated by this." St. Louis Rallies to Help Its Neighbors

Jitterbugs Development Center co-owner Jennifer Ross inspects damage to her childcare center after storms tore into the area on April 22.Jitterbugs Development Center co-owner Jennifer Ross lifted a large piece of fallen roofing from her lawn as she examined debris scattered about. Three days prior, the ARCHS' supported childcare center had toys covering their backyard. Yet today - tree limbs, broken cables, and shingles occupy the space where children once rode their tricycles.

"I don't know the value of the damage at this point. I'm devastated. We are just so devastated by this," Ross said. "If you look around, ARCHS has helped us out with a lot of this, and to see what happened to a lot of it...we are just in tears because we love this place so much."

Storms, including tornadoes, swept into the region and pummeled homes and businesses on April 22. Unfortunately, the relentless weather failed to spare the small child care center sitting at 420 Chambers Road.

Read more: "We are just so devastated by this." St. Louis Rallies to Help Its Neighbors

ARCHS' RFP Grant Application Closed; Next RFP Slated for Spring 2012

ARCHS has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Early Childhood Programs (0-24 months-old) Start-up and Expansion Grants for Fiscal Year 2011-2012.

Please carefully review the detailed RFP and follow the directions provided. This includes mandatory attendance at an RFP information session (details are outinlined in the RFP).



Pick up a copy of the RFP at ARCHS' offices at 539 North Grand Blvd. (6th floor), St. Louis, Missouri 63103. Please only plan to pick up Monday though Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sorry, we are not able to mail hard copies of the RFP. If unable to download the PDF, please plan to pick up a copy of the RFP from ARCHS.

ARCHS Early Childhood Playground RFP Grant Award Winners Announced

ARCHS is excited to announce it has awarded 15 area early childhood centers with funding for new playgrounds. ARCHS received 26 applications in the recent Request for Proposal (RFP) from supported child care programs that are pursuing accreditation. Recently, ARCHS met with directors and representatives from locally accredited child care programs and the Child Day Care Association to review each of the Playground RFPs.

Funding for the selected centers ranges from $1,300 to $20,000. ARCHS' Directors of Grant Management Services will be meeting with the awardees to notifty them of their accepted proposals and finalize plans for the outdoor learning spaces.

2011 Playground Grant Awardees:

  • Angel’s Dream
  • Apple a Day
  • Brown Bear Academy
  • Country Side Montessori
  • Genesis
  • Gingerbread House
  • Good Shepherd Infant and Toddler Center
  • Good Vibe
  • Grassroots
  • Juz Kidz
  • Kidz Biz
  • Nazareth Temple
  • New Day Child Development Center
  • Training Up a Child
  • Twinkle Tots

ARCHS' Educare a "Great Benefit" to Local Child Care Provider

St. Louis resident Shirley Gorman has been in the child care field for over 30 years. The majority has been spent as a school teacher, but for the past two years have been spent watching her three grandchildren ­– Zoe, Caleb and Kelsi – in her home while their parents work during the day.

While Gorman has extensive child care experience, she openly admits she still has a lot to learn when it comes to watching her grandchildren. Because of this, Gorman enrolled in ARCHS’ Educare to improve her home child care center.

“It’s been a great benefit. We sometimes become complacent when it comes to our grandchildren or children and ARCHS’ Educare has made me realize I need to do the same for my grandchildren as I would for any other child I would care for,” Gorman said. “I enrolled in Educare to receive all the help I could get to help educate them (the children). I’ve been receiving educational books, free workshops, CPR training and in-home visits from ARCHS’ staff.”

Read more: ARCHS' Educare a "Great Benefit" to Local Child Care Provider