ARCHS' Educare provides support, resources, and educational opportunities to home-based child care providers. ARCHS' Educare currently serves more than 90 child care programs in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.
Last year, 100% of ARCHS' supported Educare programs completed quality improvement plans and set goals for continued quality improvement. ARCHS' Educare impacted 771 children: 433 (56%) who receive DSS child care subsidy, 52 (7%) who have special needs, and 184 (24%) who are cared for by a relative.
Child care providers who participated in ARCHS' Educare received the following educational support - more than 50,000 minutes in training and technical assistance, 12 support group opportunities (focused on math, science, literacy, Emotional Beginnings, fine motor/pre-writing development, etc.), monthly drawings to provide educational materials such as science supplies, and three conference opportunities. Educare providers saw an overall increase in the health and safety of their home sites with the help of a Health and Safety Checklist implemented by ARCHS.