Vision for Children at Risk mobilizes the St. Louis region to take action on the critical needs of children. We are a catalyst creating positive change in the way the St. Louis area takes care of its children.

Informing: Data and Best Practice Information

Solid data and information drive sound decision-making. Vision for Children at Risk compiles comprehensive data on over 30 indicators of child well-being. This information is available online here in the Kids Data section and by printed report. We share best-practice information and stimulate discussion by presenting national webinars to local stakeholder groups.

Driving Action: Building and Facilitating Collaborative Initiatives for Children

Vision for Children at Risk provides leadership to develop new programs and policies that improve services to children. We provide staff support, facilitation and guidance to child-serving collaborations involving hundreds of stakeholders. Collaborative initiatives currently staffed include the St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council which promotes the health and early learning of children ages 0-8 across the region; the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership which works to prevent child abuse and ensure that children have safe, supportive homes; and Project LAUNCH (federally funded) which improves health and mental health services to young children in 63106 and 63107 in north St. Louis. We also provide support the Ready by 21 St. Louis collective impact initiative, and to emerging initiatives in the community.

Advocating: Promoting Investments and Policies Supporting Children

We provide leadership for the Missouri Children’s Leadership Council, a coalition of 76 individuals from 46 children’s agencies and related organizations working together on a common legislative and policy agenda. Annual legislative panel presentations review the issues and results of the legislature. Vision for Children at Risk also works to engage business and civic leaders in children’s programs, and educate the community about the importance of child health to the economic vitality of the St. Louis region.  Learn more about the different types of advocacy VCR promotes.