Childcare Quality Improvement
Missouri ranks 27th in the United States with 11.6 percent of a (two parent) household income going towards child care. As CNNMoney points out, this is the one cost that consumes the most of a family's income.
"So for single parents, it's even worse," said Amber Stevenson-Donnelly, ARCHS' Vice President of Early Childhood Programs. "Home-based child care is much more affordable to families as many are turning to a friend, family member, or neighbor to watch over their child or children during the day."
ARCHS' Educare provides support to 75 home-based child care providers in Franklin County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, St. Louis City/County, and Washington County. Educare provides training and technical assistance to unregulated child care home providers, who receive personalized education, such as the home safety checklist and Emotional Beginnings curriculum. On-site consultations are provided by ARCHS' staff on how to improve the quality of child care programs.
In Missouri, home-based child care providers are not required to be licensed, or earn the 12 hours of training annually that licensed providers receive
ARCHS announces openings for licensed child care programs to work towards NAFCC, NAEYC, or MOA accreditation. ARCHS will accept applications until Monday, December 12, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. Programs who are selected will be notified by January 20, 2012.
Accreditation facilitation grantees receive on-site training and technical assistance, professional development support and funds to support quality improvement. Please note that this is NOT for the start-up and expansion of child care programs, but for accreditation only. Download RFP below and follow specific directions provided.
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ARCHS held a congratulatory brunch for its network of nearly 100 Educare home providers on May 21 at the Holiday Inn Select downtown. Remarks of appreciation and support were made by ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer Wendell E. Kimbrough and ARCHS' VP of Grant Management Services Amber Stevenson. Testimonials were also given by several of ARCHS' Educare partners.
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.
ARCHS is excited to announce that four of its supported child care centers have achieved accreditation, including Good Vibes School, Kidz Biz Learning Center, the Clay Center at Harris-Stowe State University, and Downtown Children's Center. University City Children's Center was also re-accredited.
ARCHS' supported child care programs receive accreditation funding to increase the quality of child care and education programs by providing support to child care programs that are going through the accreditation or re-accrediation process.
"With achieving accreditation, program staff are validated as professionals in their field. ARCHS accreditation grantees work up to two-years meeting higher standards than in licensing in areas such as business administration, program policies, family support, quality teacher child interactions, and curriculum building," said Rochelle Andre, ARCHS' Director of Grant Management Services. "Through accreditation, directors have better trained staff and less turnover of staff, and staff have better understanding of child development."