Celebrating Parks and Recreation

Each July we celebrate Park and Recreation Month, recognizing the importance of parks and recreation in the lives of individuals. At the St. Louis Arc the Leisure Services team works throughout the year to help people develop an appreciation of recreation and parks while engaging with their community. Leisure Summer Programs The Arc’s summer programs,…

Arc in the Park

Summer Fun

The school year is coming to an end and warm weather is in full swing. Julie Thompkins, Family Navigator for the St. Louis Arc, has assembled a list of activities, events, and parks for Arc families to enjoy. This list provides options for families whether your goal is to get active outside or to escape…

Smiling in front of the St. Louis Arc

Planning for Summer

It is difficult to begin thinking about summer when we’ve spent most of January battling cold, snow, and ice. For families of teens and young adults, however, summer is right around the corner. Summer programs are often hard to find, registrations are due early, and they tend to fill-up extremely fast. The St. Louis Arc…

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…

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…

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…

Music Therapist playing guitar

Join the Arc for Children’s Music Groups

What are Children’s Music Groups? Children’s music groups utilize music therapy techniques and principles that support children in developing abilities that are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Classes assist children in learning to be successful in a small group setting, while having fun. A music therapist leads the classes, bringing with…

shopping cart full of holiday gifts

Giving For Over 20 Years

St. Louis Arc’s Annual Giving Tree For over 20 years, the St. Louis Arc has partnered with businesses and individuals in the St. Louis community for the St. Louis Arc Giving Tree. This year, 220 children were identified from our Capable Kids and Family, Parents Learning Together, and Belle Children Services programs for the Giving…

Teaching with a Team of Support

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network, held this year December 5-9. This year the theme is “Champions of Inclusion.”  Johanna Ross, a Lead Teacher at Childgarden Early Childhood Center, shares with us what teaching in an inclusive classroom means to her. Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom I’ve been teaching in…

St. Louis Arc and Beyond Housing Team Up for Preschoolers

Working Together to Prepare for Kindergarten In 2010, Beyond Housing partnered with community leaders and residents within the Normandy Schools Collaborative to launch the 24:1 Initiative.  The name references the 24 local municipalities that comprise the Normandy geographical footprint.  Belle Children’s Services of St. Louis Arc was there at the start, sharing a vision of…