The St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council (RECC) RECC Logo-webworks to build a coordinated system promoting educational readiness and healthy development of young children ages 0-8 in the St. Louis region, especially those in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. The RECC brings together over 200 child-serving organizations, funders and businesses.

The primary goals of the RECC are:

  • Develop the necessary infrastructure so RECC can build, facilitate and sustain coordinated early childhood systems in the St. Louis region.
  • Enhance the quality of care provided by those addressing the health and developmental needs of young children, including parents, caregivers, individual providers and programs.
  • Create a regional data collection system that informs development of a comprehensive coordinated system of early childhood development in the St. Louis region and aligns with data required by key state partners.
  • Ensure that early childhood policy issues are recognized on local and state levels as critical to the well-being of individual children and the broader community.

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RECC Welcomes Lindsey Noblot as Project Director

The Regional Early Childhood Council has appointed Lindsey Noblot as Project Director effective June 26. In this position, she will provide staff support to the RECC, its committees and initiatives. She most recently managed 5byAge5, a regional early childhood initiative at Beyond Housing based in the Normandy Schools Collaborative. There, she focused on improving child care quality, increasing family engagement and increasing early childhood screenings for children living in the school district’s 23 communities. Her previous experience working with collaborative networks will be an asset to the RECC.

Her position with the RECC is funded by a grant from the YouthBridge Community Foundation. Thanks to YouthBridge for your support of the RECC.

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Major RECC Initiatives in Early Literacy, Screening

Two major RECC initiatives are getting under way:

Early Literacy: This campaign will promote community awareness around the importance of reading in St. Louis. The initiative will partner with Ready Readers, St. Louis City and St. Louis County libraries and 11 other literacy organizations to engage parents and caregivers in the critical activity of reading with children from birth. The initiative will include public service announcements on the developmental benefits of reading to young children and will sponsor special events throughout the region to ultimately increase reading readiness in Kindergarten and beyond.

Developmental Screening:  The RECC will partner with parents, families and the medical community to identify and treat early mental health and developmental issues in children. Research shows children who are screened early and provided needed interventions are highly likely to succeed in school and beyond.

A grant from the Dana Brown Charitable Trust is providing funding for these initiatives. In addition, an in-depth analysis of child care supply and demand in St. Louis and St. Louis County is being undertaken by SouthSide Early Childhood Center, an RECC partner, with funding support from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

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See a Summary of Current RECC Program Committee Activities

Much is going on now in the RECC. See a summary of current RECC program committee activities.

For more information, contact Lindsey Noblot, Project Director, at 314-737-8774, lnoblot@stlearlychildhood.org

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RECC Testifies in Jefferson City in Support of Pre-K Contracting Legislation

Katie Rahn, RECC Public Awareness & Advocacy Committee chair, and RECC member Keri Young of Youth In Need traveled to Jefferson City on Feb. 28 and March 6 to testify before House and Senate committees in support of Pre-K contracting legislation. Read more

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RECC Committees

The RECC has six working program committees: Data Systems, Public Awareness & Advocacy, Early Childhood Care & Education, Early Childhood Health and Mental Health, Community Resources & Family Engagement, and Turn the Page STL.  Committee meeting dates:

Committee Meeting Schedule
Community Resources & Family Engagement Third Tuesday, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Vision for Children at Risk
Data Third Friday, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Early Care & Education Third Monday, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Health & Mental Health Fourth Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Nurses for Newborns

 

Public Awareness & Advocacy Second Thursday, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., SouthSide Early Childhood Center
Turn the Page STL (Early Literacy) Second Monday, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Vision for Children at Risk

New members are welcome. Call 314-534-6015 or contact the committee chair to confirm current meetings and locations. See list of committee chairs and contact information.

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Learn about The Raising of America series

Learn about The Raising of America series

Thank you for attending the Aug. 23, 2016, forum in  “The Raising of America” series, “Building a Comprehensive Early Childhood System.”

 

Read a summary of the forum

Download Katie Rahn’s slides

 

Links to reports referenced in her presentation:

— Early Childhood Systems Working Group Planning Tool

— IFF Report, A Snapshot of Early Childhood Education in Detroit

 

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How did children and their families fare in the 2016 Missouri legislative session?

Thank you for attending the 2016 Legislative Wrap-Up on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. See a summary of the forum.

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Recent Media Coverage

“Show that the well-being of young children matters”
Commentary by RECC Co-Chairs Anne Kessen Lowell and Dawn Winkler
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 18, 2016

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Special Report
“The Crisis Within: How Toxic Stress and Trauma Endanger Our Children”
February 21, 2016

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Nov. 17, 2015

By Nancy Cambria

St. Louis Public Radio “St. Louis on the Air,” Nov. 16, 2015

“How will expanding access to early childhood education help the region?”
Guests: Shelly Williams, Nine Network/American Graduate; Michael Scully, PNC; Katie Rahn, Southside Early Childhood Center

 

Read the RECC brochure    RECC_Brochure_Cover-web

 

Fact Sheet: The Critical Importance of Early Childhood Development

 

For more information on the Regional Early Childhood Council and how to get involved, contact Lindsey Noblot, RECC Project Director, 314-737-8774 lnoblot@stlearlychildhood.org