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 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 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 (no mtg. Jan. 2017)
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 (Jan & Feb meetings rescheduled to Feb. 6 due to Monday holidays)
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.

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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 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 Rich Patton, VCR executive director, at 314-534-6015 or rhpatton@visionforchildren.org.