Transitioning to a New Year

Transitions can bring feelings of joy, fear, nervousness, or uncertainty. As we transition to a new year, the Arc would like to highlight the ways we support individuals and families during transitional periods of their lives. Children This past fall, the Family Support team welcomed Julie Thompkins in the new role of Family Navigator. In…

St. Louis Arc Strategic Plan 2019-2022

What is Strategic Planning? Strategic planning is a process used by nonprofit agencies, businesses, and organizations, which empowers agencies to review and evaluate programs while planning for the future. The process provides an opportunity to reassess services and ensure that an agency is doing their best to fulfill their mission. Every four years, the St….

School Supplies

St. Louis Arc Kids Need Your Help

For many mid-July seems too early to start thinking of kids returning to school. However many St. Louis schools begin classes in less than 30 days! With less than a month before school starts, St. Louis Arc kids need your help. Now in its 14th year, the St. Louis Arc Back to School Drive supports…

Make the Promise

There are many things we learn in our lifetime that don’t have a direct affect on us in the moment. Honestly, when was the last time we needed to use a logarithm in our daily lives? However, knowledge is power. Knowledge helps us make informed choices, helps us counsel friends, and guide loved ones. When…

Two young students going back to school

Back to School on the Right Foot

For 13 years, the St. Louis Arc has partnered with businesses and individuals in the St. Louis community for the St. Louis Arc Back to School Drive. This year, 150 children were identified from our Capable Kids and Family, Parents Learning Together, and Belle Children Services programs for the drive. With a Little Help From…

Autism Invitational Chairs

An Astronomical Autism Invitational

Ninety-two golfers enjoyed 18 holes at Boone Valley Golf Club for the 8th Annual Autism Invitational. This year’s tournament raised more than $210,000 to support St. Louis Arc programs that touch the lives of 1,000 children and adults with autism in the St. Louis community. Tournament participants were provided with eclipse glasses and had the…

Butterfly at Childgarden

The Impact of an Inclusive Learning Environment

Many people choose to send their children to the St. Louis Arc’s Childgarden Early Childhood Center because they value the inclusive education that is provided.  However, some people may be unclear of the real impact that inclusive schools have on all children. I would like to share a touching story with you from the Bluebirds classroom that highlights…

Childgarden teacher playing with child

Thank You Teachers

Celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week During the first full week in May, the National Education Association (NEA) celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week. The celebration, according to the NEA, has two main goals: Thank America’s teachers for their commitment to students and for their work to create great public schools for every student. Encourage talented and…

Superheroes for Kids Guests

Superheroes for Kids

Celebrating Childgarden Over 350 guests joined the St. Louis Arc for the annual Superheroes for Kids event on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The event, raising over $275,000 for children’s programs, is made possible through the leadership and creativity of honorary co-chairs, Mary and David Steward II, and event chairs, John and Mimi Londoff. The evening…