Prenatal to Age 3: A Comprehensive, Racially-Equitable Policy Plan for Universal Healthy Child Development

On December 19, the Regional Early Childhood Council, Ready by 21 St. Louis and Vision for Children at Risk hosted a webinar presented by the BUILD Initiative and Child and Family Policy Center titled, Place, Race, ACE, and the First 1000 Days: New Policy Imperatives for Early Childhood. About 25 people participated. As the title implies, achieving racial equity in early childhood […]

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The St. Louis County Police Crisis Intervention Team: Training Officers to Respond to Mental Health Situations

(By Colleen Mulligan, practicum student, and Jim Braibish)   More police officers in St. Louis County and around the area are being trained to handle mental health situations they may encounter on a call, Sgt. Jeremy Romo, director of the St. Louis County Crisis Intervention Team, said in a presentation to the Nov. 16 St. Louis Family & Community Partnership […]

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Using State TANF Block Grant Funds to Support Families

A recent report in Governing that explores states’ spending of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant should grab the attention of Missourians who care about creating opportunities for unemployed families and assuring that kids have food on the table and a home while their parents search for work. TANF was “reformed” in 1996 to focus on helping […]

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Press Conference Emphasizes Economic Benefits, Equity of Early Childhood Opportunity Offered by Amendment 3

                  Speakers at an Oct. 27 press conference at Vision for Children at Risk emphasized the benefits that would be provided by passage of Missouri Amendment 3, the Early Childhood Education Amendment (Raise Your Hand for Kids). Rich Patton, Executive Director, Vision for Children at Risk • The situation is clear: Research […]

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Stepping Up for Kids Event Highlights Service to Children in Foster and Adoptive Care

Over 270 guests and the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership celebrated the heroic efforts of resource families and agency staff who serve children in foster, adoptive and kinship care, at the third annual Stepping Up for Kids Awards Luncheon on Oct. 7 at Norwood Hills Country Club. Receiving Stepping Up for Kids Awards were:   Resource Families Adella Coleman, […]

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