Childcare Quality Improvement
In the City of St. Louis: Countless numbers of stories concerning child abuse can be read in newspapers across the country each day, and it seems at times that St. Louis is no exception. New Hope Community Center Executive Director Melisa Mershon not only has heard about some of these stories, but also has dealt with them in a personal matter.
Child abuse is a sensitive topic for someone who designates their life towards helping children, and Mershon prefers not to discuss openly incidents she has heard about. Rather, through ARCHS’ Stay At Home Parent (SAHP) partnership, Mershon is out to help St. Louis inner-city parents who have been identified by the state of Missouri as “at-risk” better learn the needs of their own children.
ARCHS' 2nd Annual Early Childhood Institute at Harris-Stowe State University drew a record crowd of over 500 area child care educators and directors on October 9. Those in attendance took advantage of great learning opportunities to improve their centers.
The ARCHS' Institute featured classes that focused on three specific age groups: infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. World-renowned early childhood expert Bev Bos served as the keynote speaker and delivered breakout sessions entitled "Starting at Square One: Using Creative Art, Music and Language to Establish Environments that are Child-Centered."
"Feedback from this year's conference has been amazing. The 2nd Annual Fall Early Childhood Instittue saw an increase in both overall attendance, beating last year's number by more than 60 registrants, as well as first-time registrants," said Amber Stevenson, ARCHS' Vice President of Grant Management Services.