What is Educare?
The Educare program is funded by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children's Division. In the St. Louis City and St. Louis County region the Educare program is managed by United 4 Children on behalf of ARCHS (Area Resources for Community and Human Services). Educare Specialists work with registered child care providers who are caring for children for the majority of the day. You must be caring for at least one child age birth to six, and at least one child in care must be receiving state child care subsidy. The provider and the Educare Specialist work together to make sure children are ready to succeed in school.

Is there a cost to participate in the Educare program?
Participation in the Educare program is voluntary and there is no cost to participate.

The children I care for are family members. Can I participate in Educare if I am caring for my grandchildren or my nieces and nephews?
Yes! Caregivers who are relatives are encouraged to participate. You are committed to the growth and well-being of children and play a critical role in preparing children for school success.

I'm busy. How much time will it take to participate in Educare?
Your Educare Specialist will make an appointment to visit you in your program every 4-6 weeks. You will work with your Specialist during hours when children are present. During this time you will develop plans to help you in your work with children and families and to assist you with your home child care business. You will also be invited to attend a networking meeting with other home child care providers in your area 3-4 times per year.

I don't feel comfortable having a stranger come into my home. Who are the Educare Specialists and what are their credentials?
Educare Specialists are early care and education professionals with many years of experience working with families and child care providers in homes and in the community. Each Specialist is registered with the state Safety Care Registry and has completed an FBI background check.

Educare is a state-funded program. Will you make a report on me to the state?
No. The purpose of the Educare program is to improve outcomes for all young children who are cared for by registered providers like you. Educare is not a regulatory program; however, just like you, Educare Specialists are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect.