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."

Kidz Biz has already seen benefits of becoming accredited. The school recently has enrolled two families from out-of-state that used the NAEYC web site as a referral for accredited programs in the St. Louis area.

"The mission of Kidz Biz is to provide excellence in child care. We wanted to achieve National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation is a stamp of approval of our program's goal of providing a high-quality early childhood program which provides a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment," said Sandra Moore, Director. "NAEYC Accreditation is the mark of quality in early childhood education. We are very happy and proud of the help and efforts of the staff, parents, students, ARCHS, and our community in helping us achieve this honor."

Goodvibe School is excited to achieve accreditation so that families and the community recognize the school as one which provides a quality program.

"We want families to feel confident that their child is receiving a quality education," said Milo Gralnick, Owner. "We could not have achieved this distinction without the dedicated help of ARCHS. Our partnership with ARCHS has strengthened our program, and we are forever grateful."

Downtown Children's Center believes the standards and criteria of accreditation are so comprehensive that it was challenging and yet satisfying accomplishment.

"My staff became a more cohesive group as they worked on their classroom portfolios together. Families felt a part of our program as they not only completed the family surveys, but they followed our progress through weekly communication," said Susan Horn, Head of Schools. "All in all, it has been a wonderful experience and I would be remiss not to mention the amazing support we received from ARCHS."

For the Clay Center at Harris-Stowe, being awarded accreditation from the State of Missouri means the staff performed at a higher level than required for state licensing, said Dr. Patricia Johnson.

"The accreditation process allowed greater opportunities for the entire staff to work as a team to achieve the quality we desired and knew we were capable of producing," she said. "Accreditation means that we, along with other programs, are considered worthy of all stakeholders' trust and confidence in our efforts to provide high-quality services to young children and their families."