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2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book Now Available

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Missouri as 30th out of 50 states for child well-being. The 2021 KIDS COUNT Data book reveals the status of Missouri's children before the pandemic took hold. In 2019, fewer Missouri children lived in households with incomes below the federal poverty line than at any point in the prior decade. During the years of recovery from the Great Recession in 2008, the number of Missouri's kids who lived in poverty fell to less than one in five, according to this year's data.  

The Data Book released June 2021 shows nearly a decade of progress that could be erased by the COVID-19 pandemic in next year's report. Policymakers must act with kids' best interest in mind to recover from schools and businesses being shut down. 

"In Missouri, we have seen firsthand the great challenges the pandemic unleashed on communities in our state. We are fortunate to have our network of 20 Community Partnerships who were nimble enough to pivot to meet the ever-changing needs of children and families during this time of crisis," says Bill Dent, executive director of the Family and Community Trust (FACT). 

Each year, the KIDS COUNT Data Book tracks 16 indicators measuring childrens' economic well-being, education, health, and family and community access. Missouri improved in several areas, such as on-time high school graduation rates, ranking sixth in the country.

Click HERE to read the 2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book. 

Springing into Workforce Development through SkillUP

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workforce development initiatives have persevered through the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. ARCHS continues to fund and provide strategic technical assistance to SkillUP programs through our St. Louis partners. Right now, St. Louisans have the opportunity to learn while they earn. 

SkillUP is a free program that helps Food Stamp (SNAP) recipients get help with skills, training, and employer connections to get a job (or a better job). A SkillUP job coach from the agencies below will work with someone to create an individual plan to help them reach goals and start a new career. 

ARCHS' SkillUP partners have teamed up with the following local employers to place job seekers: Amazon Fulfillment Center · Building the Dream Equity Management LLC · Footprints Learning Academy · Our Time to Grow Learning Center · Penske · Revive Janitorial · SSM Health · The Home Quest Group · The Link Market · Schnucks

Contact information for each of ARCHS' SkillUP partners is below:
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Highlighting the Neighborhood Healing Network in April

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April brings attention to the effects of crime and trauma with National Crime Victims' Rights Week from April 18-24th. ARCHS wants to highlight its Neighborhood Healing Network program for the entire month of April, and remind St. Louisans that help is available year-round. 

The Neighborhood Healing Network is a unique program because it provides wrap-around services tailored to an individual or family who has either been directly or indirectly impacted by crime and violence. Community resource specialists at each of our five non-profit hubs can connect residents of St. Louis City or County to victim services, social services, trauma workshops, and support groups for both the general public and professionals in different sectors. 

All Neighborhood Healing Network Sector Trainings and Public Workshops ensure the following for attendees:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of trauma and its impact.
  • Gain trauma-sensitive practices and strategies to avoid re-traumatizing individuals who have experienced trauma and/or victimization.
  • Learn to navigate community resources and networks to support the immediate and long-term needs of individuals who experience trauma.

Neighborhood Healing Network Sector Training for Early Childhood Professionals (April 28 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. via Zoom)

Click here to view archived sector trainings for Workforce Development professionals and Faith-Based Leaders.

Public Workshops in April 
(Anyone from St. Louis City or County can attend, and there will be a $25 attendance raffle.):

If you are in need of assistance from the Neighborhood Healing Network, reach out to any of ARCHS' non-profit hubs below:
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Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book 2021 Released

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Missouri KIDS COUNT has released its 28th annual snapshot on the well-being of the state’s children including indicators tracking trends in four domains, economic, education, health, and family and community.
The current indicators show a snapshot of how our state’s children faired in 2019, compared to previous years, serving as a baseline as we begin to understand the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 has had on Missouri’s families with children.

Click HERE to read the report.