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.


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


RECC Committees

The RECC has five working program committees: Data Systems, Public Awareness & Advocacy, Early Childhood Care & Education, Early Childhood Health and Mental Health, and Community Resources & Family Engagement.  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., CIC, 4240 Duncan Ave., 63110
Early Care & Education Third Monday, 2:30-4:00 p.m., locations vary
Health & Mental Health Fourth Thursday, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Nurses for Newborns, 7259 Lansdowne, 63119
Public Awareness & Advocacy Second Thursday, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., South Side Early Childhood Center, 2101 S. Jefferson Ave., 63104

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.


Learn about The Raising of America series

Learn about The Raising of America series

Thank you for attending the Aug. 23 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



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.


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 Rich Patton, VCR executive director, at 314-534-6015 or