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Building Blocks II East St. Louis Presentation

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									Building Blocks II Project




Presented by:
Treena B. Thompson, MSW
Resource Development Alternatives LLC
   Severely impacted by 
    deindustrialization
     Loss of working & middle‐
      class jobs
     Deterioration of city 
      infrastructure
     Loss of residents seeking 
      jobs  & opportunities
     In less than 10 years, ESL 
      went from being named an         East 
      All‐American City (1958) to    St. Louis
      being overwhelmed by riots 
      and gang activity (mid 
      1960’s)
   Strengths
     Strong, long‐lasting institutions
     Tight‐knit community
     Generational commitment & leadership
   Challenges
     Over‐planned community (government programs, 
      academic research) with little benefit
     Isolated
     High crime, unemployment, poverty rates
   Greater St. Louis Community Foundation identified as local 
    convener to lead collaborative process for assessing current early 
    learning needs and identifying strategies to address these needs
   Formed a Greater East St. Louis Early Learning Planning 
    Committee
       Child Care Centers (3)
       Family Child Care Home Provider
       Parent
       Children’s Home + Aid (serves St. Clair + 6 other counties)
       DCFS
       Local Interagency Council 3 & 51 (Early Intervention Services)
       School District 189
       SIUE Head Start 
       State Head Start Collaboration
       United Way of Greater St. Louis (serves 9 IL counties)
   Target Area            Collection of Data
     East St. Louis         CCAP/ CCR&R Data
     Alorton                Focus groups/ Interviews
     Brooklyn                ▪ Family Childcare Home 
                                Providers
     Centreville
                              ▪ Center Directors
     Washington Park         ▪ Community Resources 
                                (e.g., United Way, Early 
                                Intervention, CCR&R, 
                                School District 189)
                             Community Mapping 
                              (IFF)
   Population
       Total population : 42,305    (29,647 in East St. Louis)
       97%  African American
       1 %  Hispanic
       5,237 Children age 5 and under
       85% Children live in low‐income families
       51% Children live in poverty
       61% Children live in families with one or both              
        parents employed
   Early Learning System
     Approx. 3,200 children with working parent in 
      need of care
     12 Licensed Child Care Centers & 117 Licensed 
      Family Child Care Homes serving over 2,000 
      children
     Many families choose to use License‐exempt 
      Family Child Care
     Publicly‐funding programs include Preschool for 
      All, Head Start and Early Head Start 
Challenges to developing & sustaining high 
quality early childhood environments
Under‐utilization of available resources
Lack of connections and networking 
opportunities for providers
Lack of consensus around quality standards of 
care
Need for innovation in parent involvement 
and engagement
   Training & Professional Development
   Establishment of a Network of Providers
   Leadership Development
   Develop a Strengthening Families Learning 
    Network
   Published report distributed 
    broadly including local 
    government officials and 
    state policy makers
   Hosted local QRS Panel 
    Discussions (“Dispelling the 
    Myths”)
   Co‐sponsored local QRS/ERS 
    Orientation sessions 
   Continue to build 
    relationships with local 
    universities, resource 
    providers, potential funders
   Hosted Community‐wide 
    Child Care Conference
   Targeted Goals for Furthering Mission 
    (Centered around strategic priorities)

   Sustainability
     Fiscal Sponsorship
     Consideration of attaining 501(c)3 status

								
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