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The St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council (RECC) works to build a comprehensive system that addresses the full range of early childhood needs for all St. Louis-area children. Our vision: All young children in the St. Louis region are healthy, able to learn and develop essential skills so they succeed in life and our community prospers.

The RECC is working to implement St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Plan with the following goals:

  • Improve racial equity and reduce disparities across health and early education domains.
  • Create a system of early care and education as evidenced by shared goals, deliberate and clear communication, coordinated efforts and adequate resources.
  • Increase the participation of all key stakeholders including parents, service providers, policy makers and the business community.

Report Highlights Importance of Raising Minimum Wage

Make Work Work, a report released by the Clark-Fox Policy Institute focuses on the strain that low wages and unaffordable quality childcare places on families. The analysis leads to three evidence-based policy recommendations. 1) Increase the minimum wage to a family sustaining wage. 2) Modify the child care subsidy structure to ensure parents can receive subsidies until they achieve a living wage. 3) Develop a system to measure child care quality and provide supports for child care providers to improve services. Read the report here

Turn the Page STL Early Literacy Initiative Under Way

Two dozen St. Louis-area early literacy organizations are joining with the RECC in a year-long campaign to promote reading to young children. Learn more about the campaign, Turn the Page STL.

Lisa Greening from Ready Readers and Julius B Anthony from St. Louis Black Authors discuss the Turn the Page STL early literacy campaign, and the disparities in early literacy between affluent, white children and poor, African American children. Watch it now on YouTube.  NOTE: The Turn the Page STL segment begins at 21:45 in the 30-minute program.


Building Blocks Report Shows Supply and Demand for Early Care and Education Programs in the St. Louis Region

The RECC Data Committee, along with Vision for Children at Risk and Missouri Wonk, have released a report studying the location and type of early care and education programs in the St. Louis region. Data is shown by ZIP code and school district, for programs that are centers, home-based and school-based. The report tracks 2,641 facilities serving 67,685 children.
Read the summary report.
See detailed data and maps by ZIP code and school district.



Read the St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Plan

The St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Plan was introduced at the St. Louis Metropolitan Early Childhood Summit on Oct. 4. The plan outlines goals and strategies in three areas:

  • Improving racial equity
  • Creating a system of early care and education
  • Increasing the participation of key stakeholders including parents, service providers, policymakers and the business community

Read the RECC brochure    RECC_Brochure_Cover-web


Fact Sheet: The Critical Importance of Early Childhood Development


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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

For more information on the Regional Early Childhood Council and how to get involved, contact Vision for Children at Risk, 314-534-6015.

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