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Explanation of Missouri's Required DHSS Clock Hours

Many child care facilities recieved a notice in the first few weeks of 2020 from the State of Missouri regarding changes for DHSS Clock Hours, and ARCHS would like to answer some common questions about it. It is now mandatory for 'Six or Fewer' and 'License-Exempt' facilities to earn at least 6 DHSS Clock Hours to continue eligibility for child care subsidies. Licensed child care facilities are still required to earn 12 DHSS Clock Hours.

Do the training requirements apply to all child care providers?
Initial and annual training is required for all licensed and license-exempt child care providers with a contract or registration agreement with the Department of Social Services to provide care to children eligible for child care subsidy. Any child care provider, staff or volunteer counted in the child/staff ratio or who is responsible for the supervision of children is required to complete the required training topics.

Where can I find the actual law that states who must obtain the training?
The training requirements are outlined in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and defined in federal regulation, 45 CFR part 98 (98.41 and 98.44). A copy of the law can be found by clicking here. 

What initial trainings are required, and where can I find them?
The Missouri Department of Social Services has a 'Training Clarification' section on its website with a complete list of initial required trainings for each provider type. Click here to see the Training Clarification. 

You can easily find trainings at We have created a video tutorial to navigate Missouri Workshop Calendar below. Cost for trainings vary and can be found with each listing. 

Please visit this link for other Frequently Asked Questions regarding DHSS training hours:


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Funding for STL Educare is provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, Early Childhood and Prevention Services Section.

FY 2019 Annual Impact Report

Dear Greater St. Louis,

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On behalf of Area Resources for Community and Human Services’ (ARCHS) board of directors, staff, funders, and funded partners, we present our FY 2019 Impact Report (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019).

ARCHS provides funding, resources, and expertise to our network of funded and community partners. This past year, these efforts have served nearly 200,000 St. Louisans in resource-deprived communities with the long-term goal of disrupting cycles of intergenerational poverty and trauma.

We hope our report provides transparency and rejuvenates your pride in the contributions ARCHS strives to make in the region.

ARCHS monitors the impact of our funded and strategically enhanced initiatives using the respected and vetted indicators of KIDS COUNT®, No Kid Hungry®, Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT), Ready by 21® St. Louis, and Forward Through Ferguson.

While we are pleased to pause and reflect on FY 2019, FY 2020 is poised to be an even better year for ARCHS and the communities we serve. ARCHS’ team continues to generate innovative ideas to strengthen problem-solving approaches. Each day, we work alongside business, community, education, human service, and faith-based leaders to put “continuous quality improvement” into action at 300 locations where positive impact is needed most.

We are proud to highlight the combined achievements of our community partners that have delivered collaborative efforts valued at $27 million - with each dollar strengthening vital early childhood, school age, and family support initiatives. One of our most impactful investments was in nutrition. Click here to see how it pays to give St. Louis children and families food accessibility.

Thank you for supporting the Power of Partnering!


Wendell E. Kimbrough, Chief Executive Officer

Click here to read download the FY 2019 Annual Impact Report

Identifying Barriers at the 2019 Missouri Reentry Conference

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The 2019 Missouri Reentry Conference gave participants a unique opportunity to identify and address strategic barriers to employment for ex-offenders. Using an interactive smartphone app, participants reviewed policy-based restrictions on employment and credentialing options, identified resources such as state services and certifying boards, and offered solutions to overcome these barriers, both at the legislative and individual level.

The feedback from more than 400 reentry professionals are being put into action. The results from this activity is being analyzed  by officials with the Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Public Safety, and Missouri Department of Social Services. These agencies will reference the conference data as they continue working with reentry professionals and lawmakers to eliminate some of the barriers mentioned.

Click here to read and download the one-page Barriers to Reentry report. 

ARCHS Debuts Infant Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN)

ARCHS is proud to announce the launch of its newest initiative: The Infant Toddler Specialist Network. ITSN provides support and expertise for license and license-exempt childcare centers serving children 0-36 months old in St. Charles, Montgomery, Warren, Lincoln, and Gasconade Counties. 

The ITSN program is funded by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children's Division. ARCHS manages the program with an ITSN staff to guide childcare centers to become more marketable, share innovative ideas to improve work with infants and toddlers, provide networking opportunities with other providers, and set goals based on the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale Third Edition (ITERS-3) assessment. Participation in the ITSN program is voluntary, and there is no cost for a childcare center to participate. 

ARCHS' ITSN staff are early childcare and education professionals with 60 years of combined experience working with families, infants, toddlers, and educators across the Show-Me-State. The team is registered with Missouri Family Care and Safety Registry (FCSR) and has completed fingerprinting and FBI Background Checks. 

Get answers to other ITSN frequently asked questions here.

Anyone interested in participating in the ITSN program should contact Amy Flesher, Director of Early Childhood & Parenting Initiatives/ITSN Coordinator, by calling (314) 289-5617 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..