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Childcare Quality Improvement

ARCHS Presents Early Childhood Research at National Conference

For the third consecutive year, ARCHS was selected to make presentations at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development. On June 10, 2013 ARCHS’ Amber Donnelly, Urlene Jackson Branch, Rochelle Andre, Barb Elwood, and Andrea Walton offered two presentations. First, ARCHS presented “Using Pinterest to put the Interest Back into Your Activities” that discussed ways to use the on-line tool to create thematic early childhood lesson plans and research developmentally appropriate activities.

Second, ARCHS presented a research poster that documented “Teacher Training In The Early Childhood Environment: A Qualitative Study of ARCHS’ Implementation of the “Emotional Beginnings” Curriculum. ARCHS analyzed three years of data from its Emotional Beginnings (EB) model. EB provides an introspective study for teachers of infants and toddlers that layers weekly on-site observation, modeling, and feedback with monthly focused training. EB facilitates a teacher’s examination of their classroom behavior, how they form relationships with the children in their care, and their role as a leader in setting up a positive classroom environment to support the mental health of both the children and adults in the classroom.

ARCHS continuously offers a variety of  professional development programs that  improve the quality of early childhood, youth development, and adult learning programs.

ARCHS Assists Kids World North with Achieving Accreditation

Once again, ARCHS has demonstrated its early childhood expertise by assisting Kids World North childcare center to achieve National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation.

ARCHS has helped more than 20 area childcare centers achieve accreditation - an important recognition by state and national accreditation boards to establish and maintain high-quality learning and nurturing environments for children birth to age eight.

"Accreditation means quality care and education to the families that we serve. The surrounding school district has lost their accreditation, so parents like that fact that at least they have the opportunity to place their child in an early care facility that has its accreditation," said owner Felicia Cook. "Many of the parents like knowing that they are sending their children to a center where the teachers have education, a set curriculum and teaching has a purpose. We also give parents access to high quality childcare in a low income area."

Additionally, over the past four years, ARCHS has helped 21% (26 centers) of all currently accredited programs in St. Louis City/County and St. Charles County to achieve accreditation status

Read more: ARCHS Assists Kids World North with Achieving Accreditation

ARCHS' Partnership with Children's Trust Fund Provides 1,200 Books to St. Louis Families

ARCHS' partnership with the Children's Trust Fund of Missouri (CTF) provided 1,200 books in February to more than 50 families in the St. Louis area. Families selected for book donations were part of ARCHS' Home Visitation Program, formerly known as the Stay at Home Parent Program).

The ARCHS' Home Visitation Program works to promote positive parent child interactions. To help achieve this, the book donations give the parent and child an opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time and is considered a best practice to help prepare children for school.

"Reading with children from birth helps children learn the sounds of language, stimulates their imagination, and introduces them to the world around them," said Amber Stevenson-Donnelly, ARCHS' Vice President of Grant Management Services.

The goal of the grant from the Children's Trust Fund is to promote programs across Missouri that help reduce the likelihood children will become the victims of abuse or neglect.

"For families in high-stress situations, reading can offer a break from the chaos around them as they take 15 minutes out of their day to pause and spend time with each other sharing pictures, sounds, stories, and adventures in books given to them from ARCHS," Stevenson-Donnelly said.

ARCHS' Early Childhood Experience and Expertise Enhances St. Louis Region's Quality of Life

With a strong commitment to early childhood care and education over the past two years, ARCHS has helped 20 area childcare centers achieve accreditation - an important recognition by state and national accreditation boards as establishing and maintaining high-quality learning and nurturing environments for children birth to age eight.

Additionally, over the past four years, ARCHS has helped 21% (26 centers) of all currently accredited programs in St. Louis City/County and St. Charles County to achieve accreditation status.

Recently, Training Up a Child Development Center in St. Louis achieved Missouri Accreditation. Over the past year, ARCHS provided strategic technical assistance and professional development support to Training Up a Child as they completed the accreditation process.

"We were blessed to have ARCHS be a part of our team to reach this goal. As a director, I can truly say, the expertise and financial support ARCHS gave to us was the only way we were able to reach accreditation," said owner Kebra Henderson.

"ARCHS prepared us by helping our teachers receive the educational credentials, providing training classes to administration, and supporting us with a mentor the entire way through until the finish line. They assisted us with resources and books, toys, outdoor play equipment - to meet the indicators for a quality care environment."

Through ARCHS' Accreditation Program, childcare center grantees received on-site training and technical assistance, professional development support, and funds to support quality improvement efforts

Read more: ARCHS' Early Childhood Experience and Expertise Enhances St. Louis Region's Quality of Life