February, 2017
In this Issue

What Doe's Love
Getting Interactive


Training Opportunity

Advocacy Day


At The Starting Line

Get Social
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A special thanks to these companies who have decided that they will make children a priority all year round!



Training Calendar

Interested in additional training?  Click here to view our February - March State - Approved Professional Clock Hour Training Calendar

Thank you to our Lighting the Way Event Sponsors. 

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February is Black History Month.  Click here for Black History Celebration Highlighted events.


Interested in volunteer opportunities at United 4 Children?  Contact Vickie Robinson at
314-531-1412 ext. 64.  Click here to see the many volunteer opportunities that we have available.

What's Doe's Love Have To Do With It?
What does love have to do with it?  How do we support emotional health in children, families and staff? 

February is known as the month of love, and we show love to others by connecting with them.  I have heard people say that they give compliments to others, and that should be enough, but is this a true connection?   Let's look at some quick and easy ways that we can really bring the LOVE back to the early childhood classroom.  

We're Getting Interactive At The 24:1 ECLC

Our cute little friend at the 24:1 Early Childhood Learning Center is excited to learn using our new interactive white board. This use of technology is just one way we are helping to ensure the children of the Normandy Schools Collaborative are ready for kindergarten! 

Click here for additional center information.

Way To Go Providers!  

Congratulations to Margaret KocherTamura Binion, Chad Emma, Rebecca Mohr and Rebecca Schweikert (not pictured) for receiving the Farm to Preschool Grant. This grant was offered by the Team Nutrition Program of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).  The project goal is to connect young children with where food comes from through increased exposure to local fruits and vegetables, gardening opportunities and food base activities.

Interested in learning about United 4 Children's Child Nutrition Services?  Click here to learn more.

Training Opportunity 
Safe Sleep and SIDS Prevention - February 25, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Click here for additional training info.

Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome and Abusive Head Trauma Knowing Child Development
- February 25, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  
Click here for additional training info.

Missouri's Child Advocacy Day April 6, 2017
Missouri's annual Child Advocacy Day is an opportunity for parents, child care professionals, health care providers, and community members to speak up and ask lawmakers to make the health, safety, and education of Missouri's children a top priority for the state.

Additional Advocacy Day information is available  here.

Welcome to the U4C Family!
Meet Jim Arcipowski our 
Account Manager. Jim is a native of St. Louis and holds a BS degree in Accounting from UMSL and an MBA in Finance from Webster University.  Jim spent most of his career in health care before shifting to Education in 2013.  He is a past president of the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Outside of work, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife Jo Ann, daughters Kelly and Erin, and the family pet, Ollie.
Meet Samantha Minor our 
Early Childhood Specialist. Samantha is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a degree in interpersonal communication, education, and a certificate in creative and professional writing.  She has worked in early childcare since 2010.  Her favorite part of working in the classroom is seeing those "ah ha" moments; that look a child has once he/she really understands a concept.  Samantha's favorite hobby is singing! She is currently a member of the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus.  
Jennifer Reyes is our new
Accounting Assistant.  Jennifer is a native of Honduras.  She moved to St. Louis when she was 7 years old.  Jennifer is currently attending The University of Missouri pursuing her bachelors degree in Accounting. While numbers are  her passion, she loves the great outdoors, biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding and more.

The Race is On!

For our 11th Annual Lighting the Way Gala 2017 A Kentucky Derby Style Affair To Ensure Essential Care For All Children.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
5:30 - 9:30 pm
Randall Gallery

Click here for additional event info.
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