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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.

DESE Seeks Input on Quality Assurance Report – Deadline Nov. 5, 2018

Missouri is moving one step closer to implementing a Quality Assurance Report! A Quality Assurance Report (QAR) is a tool that will provide families with the information they need to make informed choices about an early education setting for their children. It is sort of a “Yelp” tool, but more complicated. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education invites interested parties to take a short survey regarding the elements that will be included in Missouri’s QAR. You can find the survey, along with a draft of a proposed structure here. The deadline to complete the survey is November 5.

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

We want to draw attention to the opportunity that voters will have to weigh in on raising the minimum wage on November 6. Proposition B proposes to raise the minimum wage by 85 cents per year until it reaches $12/hour in 2023. Kids Win Missouri has endorsed Proposition B, as well as Vision for Children at Risk. These organizations believe that Prop B is an important step in moving families toward a living wage. Both children and parents experience short and long-term negative effects from the toxic stress that stems from chronic poverty. You can read VCR’s fact sheet here. Please take time to educate yourself on this important issue before November 6.

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

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., Vision for Children at Risk
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.

Read the RECC brochure    RECC_Brochure_Cover-web


Fact Sheet: The Critical Importance of Early Childhood Development


Learn about The Raising of America series

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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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