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MISSOURI CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL NETWORK

Two-Thousand Days to Make a Difference

aka Child Care Aware of Missouri   |   Saint Louis, MO   |  www.mochildcareaware.org

Mission

Child Care Aware® of Missouri impacts a child’s first two-thousand days by helping those who serve children.

Ruling year info

1999

CEO

Robin Phillips

Main address

955 Executive Parkway Dr Ste 106

Saint Louis, MO 63141 USA

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EIN

43-1821038

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Families are in need of high quality early childhood programs for their children. In order to grow and prosper, children require educated teachers and safe environments in which to thrive. Unfortunately, there is no definitive standard for child care in Missouri. Licensing offers a basic foundation but there is so much more to caring for and educating our youngest children. Families need to know the components of quality child care, questions to ask when interviewing child care programs and where to find care. Child Care Aware® of Missouri offers these resources to all families free of charge. It is also true that child care educators need a broad array of training and education to provide quality care for children. Without training and scholarship opportunities to increase knowledge, educators do not have the understanding and tools needed to bring forth the best in each child. Child Care Aware® of Missouri offers these resources to all child care staff free or at a reduced rate.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Child Care Resource and Referrals

We provide a no cost service to families looking for child care in Missouri. Information can be accessed on-line or live through our Resource Center. In addition, families can access information on how to choose quality child care and what to ask when visiting child care programs.

Missouri child care supply and demand data is available upon request. The statewide child care data is comprehensive and up to date.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide statewide training for child care educators in infant, toddler and pre-school basic knowledge. Annual training is offered in-person and online. All sessions are approved for clock hours required by Missouri Child Care Licensing.

Population(s) Served
Adults

T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI provides scholarships to child care educators seeking to further their education in childhood development. We work with the applicants and sponsoring child care programs to fund one of several learning opportunities: three levels of degree, certification courses, and student teaching. The aim of the program is to provide access to education for child care educators in licensed programs, thereby improving child care quality. This program also helps reduce turnover, as educators who complete the scholarship contract receive bonuses for continuing to work at the sponsoring child care program. T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI is intended for full-time professionals who, as recipients, are also part-time students. Success is measured by completion of education, increase in annual wages and increased retention in sponsoring child care programs.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers

This is an evolving line of services that offers business and professional development training to individuals and child care programs. Consultations and technical assistance sessions are available to child care programs. These include a review of financial data and business policies, grant application assistance, and other common issues. Live2Lead is offered as a professional development training either publicly or privately in a variety of formats. Show Me Child Care Resources is a subscription-based website to assist the business operations of Missouri child care programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Assist child care educators in earning their Child Development Credential (CDA) at no cost. The benefits of of early childhood educators attaining a CDA are:
Personally and professionally empowering
Meets many job requirements
Provides you more career opportunities
Reinforces your commitment to child care
Increases your confidence
Application of new knowledge and skills
Role model of early childhood best practices
Provides families with peace of mind
Your education can never be taken from you!

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded to T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI recipients. This includes payments for college tuition, books, travel stipend and a bonus.

Number of hours of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Self-employed people

Related Program

Child Care Training and Technical Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the number of hours offered through training that has been approved for early child care providers clock hour credit in Missouri

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Child Care Resource and Referrals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the number of training sessions offered to child care educators that are approved for clock hour credit in Missouri. Data is based on each contract year July-June.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Child Care Resource and Referrals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes, referral, SMCCR, data requests, training, etc. Data is fiscal year

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Child Care Training and Technical Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of training participants

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Active Facebook followers at fiscal year end

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of child care educators (CCE) participating in the T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI Scholarship program and the Child Development Associate Credential Scholarship Project.

Number of requests for data

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Child Care Resource and Referrals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are data requests requested by a variety of populations. We have supply and demand data for child care programs. Supply data is now available on-demand on our website.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri believes every child deserves a safe, quality early childhood education experience which is critical to maximize their future well-being. We assist families in finding child care through free referrals online and via phone. Our consumer education helps families know what to look for in quality child care programs. Checklists and questions to ask on visits are provided with each referral.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri also works with child care educators by providing training and educational scholarships to increase their knowledge and skills. Early childhood educators directly influence the growth and success of children in care. We offer a variety of training topics and learning opportunities for the child care workforce.

To accomplish these goals, Child Care Aware® of Missouri works with policymakers to ensure that welfare of families and children are considered when creating policy laws and community stakeholders to improve the child care system, establish quality standards for child care, and collective impact initiatives to ensure all children have access to what they need in their early years so they enter school prepared and can be successful.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri utilizes multiple strategies by providing direct services and indirect or behind the scenes services to accomplish our goals. Our strategies focus on three areas: families, child care educators and business and civic leaders.

Families are provided free referral services for child care and knowledge of other community resources. This assistance for families is conducted both via the web and through telephone support. Consumer education such as how to choose child care and what questions to ask a potential child care program is included with all referrals.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri provides child care educators access to clock hour training and college credit hour opportunities. T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI Scholarship, a project of Child Care Aware® of Missouri, offers scholarships to working child care educators pursuing degrees in early childhood education and the Child Development Associate (CDA) Scholarship provides a scholarship for a child care national credential . Clock hour trainings are offered all year in a variety of locations across Missouri and online. These trainings provide continuing education and professional development for child care educators throughout Missouri.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri works with policy makers to help them understand the benefits or implications of certain laws and how those laws impact families with young children in child care or child care educators. We collect and provide data on child care supply and demand by zip codes, counties, and/or statewide to assist business and community leaders so they can make informed decisions when addressing their own community needs.
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Child Care Aware® of Missouri has been Missouri’s federally funded statewide child care resource and referral network since 1999. Our reputation and history provide a strong presence within the early childhood field allowing us to provide services to families, child care programs and business and civic leaders.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri maintains and updates a statewide database on child care supply. This database houses the information for families and provides up to date supply and demand data. With each referral to families, over 20,000 referrals in 2017-2018, consumer education materials are included to help build awareness so families can be informed consumers regarding quality child care.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri holds three proprietary statewide licenses. Our referral software has been extensively customized to provide a better experience for all users. The T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI Scholarship program is licensed from T.E.A.C.H. National so that Missouri child care educators can attend college and work toward a degree while working in an early childhood education setting. Lastly we hold a statewide license of a shared services portal, Show Me Child Care Resources. This shared services portal helps strengthen child care businesses by providing resources and discounts that strengthen the infrastructure of child care businesses.

Creating professional development curricula for child care educators help increase available trainings. Curricula are delivered in formats to reach child care educators throughout Missouri. A newly designed delivery model will provide locally delivered training in 20 regions, expanding our physical presences around the state. These trainings along with the other business supports help raise the quality of care available in Missouri.

More than 20 years history and experienced staff have allowed Child Care Aware® of Missouri to deliver quality service to families and child care professionals and to be a resource to business and civic leaders throughout Missouri. This 20 year experience has enlightened us on how we can support the business of child care. We are currently implementing a new strategic plan that focuses on creating quality business standards to help strengthen the infrastructure of child care businesses to help them be successful and sustainable.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri has instituted changes in the past 12 months with more on the horizon.

Our statewide child care supply database provides the data for the referrals requested by families seeking child care and is available via phone and online. The online capability of both our referral service and our consumer education ensures our customers can access our service 24/7. The online interface is continuously being reviewed and improved to make the consumer experience more user friendly. In the past 12 months, multiple technology changes have been made to ensure the data available for families, businesses and civic leaders is more accurate and available in real-time.

Child Care Aware® of Missouri has been responsive to the requests of the child care workforce who are asking for updated curricula, new topics, and two hour long training sessions since two hour trainings are more user friendly for a full-time employee to attend. Currently, four (4) curricula, more than 40 training modules, have been revised or rewritten to meet the child care educators needs. T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI Scholarship continues to receive funding and works continuously to educate both the child care workforce and legislators about the importance of degreed professionals in the early childhood education field. The Child Development Associate Scholarship Project has assisted child care educators in earning a nationally recognized credential.

As Child Care Aware® of Missouri implements its new strategic plan, our support for the child care business broadens. Our business supports under Show Me Business and Leadership Services include Show Me Child Care Resources web portal, business training, business quality standards, and business consultation. Additional supports are under development and will be deployed over the next 3-24 months.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MISSOURI CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL NETWORK

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amy Jackson

Armanino, LLP

Term: 2020 - 2023

Sean Hutto

LeaderOne Financial

Steven Hastings

Nutracom

Shannon Weber

Renaissance Financial

Sara Wright

Washington University

Bryan Zimmer

Emerson

Charneth Pfeiffer

Total Access Urgent Care

Jennifer Simms

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Katie Mihok

James River Group

Patrick Lawler

Nestle' Purina

Raja Mikkili

Arcutis Biotherapeutics

Vivek Mehta

National Opinion Research Center

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/23/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.