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Application of Interest to Operate After School Programs

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About ARCHS: Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) funds and strategically enhances initiatives that improve the lives of children and families facing disparities and disadvantages in St. Louis’ most impoverished communities. ARCHS works to disrupt cycles of intergenerational poverty by advancing lifelong learning. Learn more at stlarchs.org.


ARCHS' Mission: To improve the lives of Greater St. Louis' residents by convening strategic community partnerships.

Funding Opportunity: ARCHS is seeking to provide funding to a qualified service provider(s) to manage up to five (5) licensed after school programs as a part of its After School for All Partnership (ASAP).  The funded after school programs shall serve low-income students in grades K-6 residing in St. Louis City or St. Louis County beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.  Eligible afterschool program participants include students whose parents are working, in job training, or in school and qualify economically for free meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) or the school lunch program. A maximum of $65,000 shall be awarded per program site and will be based on the number of students proposed to be served.
Requirements include but are not limited to the following:
 
  • • Offer program services to eligible families at no cost.
  • • Operate according to the Licensing Rules for Group Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Bureau of Child Care for a minimum of 48 children.
  • • Offer well rounded programming that includes but is not limited to academic support/enrichment, social and life skills, health and recreation, character development and parent/family involvement. Services must be sensitive to cultural, ethnic, religious and diversity issues, including appropriateness of staff, materials, and approach.
  • • Operate Monday through Friday, 3 hours daily, including school holidays and vacation periods, with the exception of legal public holidays provided that the program has access to the facility in which the program is held.
  • • Offer daily, nutritious snacks and meals in accordance with the CACFP or school lunch program.
  • Provide documents of ownership, lease or memorandum of agreement for use of facility. Programs in public, private and/or charter schools as well as community based organizations shall be considered.
  • Use of a web-based data collection system for the submission of after school program data including but not limited to student attendance, student characteristics, staff/personnel, etc. (training to be provided by ARCHS).
  • Adhere to all other goals outlined in ARCHS’ performance-based contract.
 
How to Apply:
Interested applicants who meet the outlined requirements must submit this online application no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019.

ARCHS Awards $2.3 Million for After School Programming

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This fall, ARCHS has issued $2.3 million to offer after school programming for 2,000 students at 30 locations in the Jennings, Riverview Gardens, and Saint Louis Public School districts.

ARCHS issued grants to the following organizations:

 

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
EnTeam (Social Emotional Education)
Gene Slay’s Boys and Girls Club
Northside Youth and Senior Service Center
Operation Food Search (Nutrition Education)
Provident, Inc.
Stray Dog Theatre/Arts in Mind 
Unleashing Potential
United 4 Children (Professional Development Training)


ARCHS manages the After School for All Partnership (ASAP), in coordination with public and private funders, multiple school districts, and youth development organizations.  ASAP is the largest coordinated after school system in St. Louis, providing free, high quality programming for underserved children in grades K-5.

ARCHS secures funding from the Missouri Department of Social Services, St. Louis Mental Health Board (MHB), and the Norman J. Stupp Foundation to support ASAP. ASAP’s programs focus on academic support/enrichment, social/life skills, health/recreation, character development, and parent/family involvement.

During the last school year, ASAP served more than 2,000 students at 31 locations, provided 66,000 learning activities, and served 370,000 hot meals.

ARCHS Awards $92,513 in Funding to Support ASAP Summer Programs

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Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) has issued a $32,513 grant to Provident, Inc., and a $60,000 grant to Unleashing Potential to support ASAP summer enrichment programs at four locations that include two elementary schools and two faith-based sites.

The Missouri Department of Social Service funds will enable more than 190 low-income grade school-age students to participate in summer activities at St. Frances Cabrini Academy, Centennial Christian Church, and Fairview Elementary and Woodland/Hanrahan Elementary Schools in the Jennings School District.

The weekday programs conducted by Provident, Inc. and Unleashing Potential will focus on academic support/enrichment, social and life skills, health and recreation, character development, and parent and family involvement. Each day, a nutritious meal or snack will be provided.

During FY 2018, ARCHS has issued 52 grants exceeding $7.7 million to area education and social service organizations to enhance the lives of thousands of area families living in poverty and facing disparities and disadvantages.

In addition to funding, ARCHS annually provides 16,000 hours of strategic evaluation, technical assistance, and professional development support to enhance the quality and delivery of programs that focus on early childhood, k-12, and adult learning.

ASAP Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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On October 26, After School for All Partnership in St. Louis (ASAP) celebrated both the nation’s 18th annual Lights On Afterschool and ASAP’s 10th year anniversary!  The staying power of the after school movement is a hallmark of after school programs’ important role in the lives of children, their families, and communities.

ASAP opened its doors to youth in the 2006-07 school year as a unique collaboration of private and public funding, and currently supports 30 licensed after school program sites.  ASAP comprises the largest coordinated after school system in St. Louis, providing free, high quality programming for underserved children in grades K-5.  Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS) manages ASAP, in partnership with multiple school districts, service delivery providers, and professional development experts.  

Since 2007, an impressive array of 23 public and private funders have helped ASAP build a coordinated after school system.  As well, ASAP's network of after school providers leverage other funding that helps secure additional donated goods and services to enhance programming. By supporting at least 2,000 children per year for the past 10 years, their generous financial investment means that more than a quarter of a million youth have benefitted in neighborhoods throughout the City of St. Louis (downtown, midtown, north, and south) and the Jennings and Riverview Gardens School Districts in north St. Louis County.

In 2012 as ASAP celebrated its 5th year anniversary, FOCUS St. Louis recognized ASAP with a “What’s Right With The Region!” award for its work in increasing access to quality after school programs. 

In its backbone role, ARCHS has sustained ASAP by anchoring $2.5 million in funding through Missouri Department of Social Services and St. Louis Mental Health Board, as well as the Norman J. Stupp Foundation (Commerce Bank Trustees).  In addition, ARCHS has offered technical assistance and professional development for ASAP’s youth-serving provider staff through United 4 Children and other youth development experts. ARCHS has also implemented an evaluation protocol that demonstrates how ASAP is impacting not only the youth, but also their working parents and day school/after school educators.  All this despite school closings, multiple school districts de-accreditation, the Great Recession, and other challenges.

The origins of ASAP trace back to 2006 when the Mayor of St. Louis formed a task force to examine issues related to after school with a primary focus of building a coordinated after school system. At the time, it was estimated that there was a need for 5,600 more children to be served through after school each day to meet the national average of 22% access to five day-a-week after school programs.

“ASAP currently offers 1,715 slots that serve at least 2,000 children,” says Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS’ CEO. “So while the goal to serve all children in need has not been fully achieved, ARCHS has worked diligently to sustain ASAP’s current programs and build the case for expansion.”

Mutt-i-Grees® Pilot Evaluation

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ARCHS’ partnership with Purina® to implement Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum at After School for All Partnership (ASAP) sites is showing impact, according to a recent St. Louis-wide evaluation by Yale University School of the 21st Century.  Mutt-i-grees® is a nearly decade-long social/emotional learning program that was piloted in St. Louis in 2016-17, including at several ASAP sites and for youth mentoring. As a result of the successful St. Louis pilot, the project will be scaled up to include all 30 ASAP sites in January 2018.

More than 130 youth from three ASAP 2016 summer sites in Jennings and North City, provided by Provident, Inc. and Neighborhood Houses, were eligible for the Mutt-i-grees® pilot evaluation. Yale learned that after participating in Mutt-i-grees®, St. Louis youth said they felt:

  • Needed by someone
  • Confident they could care for someone else
  • Empathy and compassion for others
  • People and pets can help each other
  • Able to make better decisions.

St. Louis educators who participated in Yale’s pilot evaluation reported benefits and important aspects of Mutt-i-grees®:

  • 100% reported social emotional growth in youth during the program
  • 75% reported:
    • Better relationships with other youth
    • Ability of youth to see they can make a difference
    • Opportunities for service learning
    • Youth reflect on their actions
    • Increased humane knowledge in animals and people


The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum is an innovative PreK-12 social and emotional learning curriculum that highlights the unique characteristics of shelter pets to teach essential skills for academic and life success. It is an initiative of The Pet Savers Foundation, the program development arm of North Shore Animal League America, and was developed in collaboration with Yale University School of the 21st Century.