Childcare Quality Improvement
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ARCHS announces 3 open spots for licensed programs to work towards NAFCC, NAEYC or MOA accreditation. ARCHS will accept applications from Friday, November 26, 2010 – Friday, December 10, 2010. Programs who are selected will be notified by December 30th. Accreditation Facilitation grantees receive on-site training and technical assistance, professional development support and funds to support quality improvement.
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ARCHing support for day care health, safety, learning
Nothing beats a heartwarming, welcoming smile from a bubbly lady at a brightly painted and designed day care than a tight hug at the knees by a little boy whose grandmother is living out her dreams every day she walks downstairs to the main level of her home.
Some time ago, Kim Taylor of St. Louis purchased a charming, older two-story home in North St. Louis to turn it into “Auntie’s House,” a child care center for toddlers and youngsters whose parents work days and evenings.
A letter from the City about a grant program at Area Resources for Community and Human Services, known as ARCHS, is really what began to shape Auntie’s House into an updated, safe and healthy learning environment for children as well as one woman’s business success story.
In 2009, ARCHS was asked by the state of Missouri to assume responsibility for the Educare programs in the City of St. Louis. In 2010, ARCHS was asked to expand its role and ensure that quality Educare programming was provided to the entire region.
ARCHS' Educare aims to improve the quality of child care for Missouri's children between the ages of birth to five-years-old (emphasis on birth to 36 months). Educare is one of four early childhood initiatives that ARCHS supports on behalf of the Department of Social Services (DSS), Children's Division.
Educare is open to registered/unlicensed child care providers who have signed up with the State of Missouri to provide care to four or fewer children. ARCHS' Educare will provide training and technical assistance to unregulated child care home providers, who will receive personalized education using the Emotional Beginnings curriculum. On-site consultations will also be provided on how to improve the quality of child care programs by ARCHS' staff.
ARCHS' Educare serves home care providers in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.
Educare benefits the child care provider by helping them become more marketable and helping children in their home program get ready for success in school. Participants also receive educational materials and handouts to share with their families and they have the opportunity to meet other home providers in the area.
In Jennings: The eyes of Jennings resident Arthur Crawley were fixed upon his two-year-old son, A.J., as he started to figure out a motor skills development activity as part of the ARCHS' Stay At Home Parent (SAHP) partnership. He had difficulty at first, but A.J. was soon able to string several Fruit Loops onto a piece of licorice through determination, and from watching his dad do the same. Arthur’s eyes teared up some as he beamed with pride for what his young son was able to accomplish.
“This is one of the everyday development practices to help my child out that I didn’t know before. I used to think I knew it all,” Arthur said while his wife, Shantail, sat on the other end of the couch holding their two-month old baby Destyne.
“The Stay At Home Parent program positively affects the lives of approximately 1,300 families throughout Missouri every month,” said Toni Sutherlands, of the Department of Social Services. “It focuses attention on one of our most vulnerable populations – children under the age of three – and helps their parents become the best caregivers they can be, while helping them realize their own strengths and work towards achieving goals that many of them thought they would only be able to dream of.”