Community Partners

As a proponent of quality early childhood education for all children, we work together with other child care and early education agencies to coordinate services, learn best practices, and advocate for our children and families. The partners we work with can help us get children ready to learn, by working with the family to improve their housing situation, helping parents remain employed, or providing a warm coat so that the caregiver can bring their child to school. SouthSide Early Childhood Center collaborates with community partners to provide social service consulting and referrals for parents/guardians; medical and dental care for children; and on-site speech, occupational, physical, disability and mental health therapies..

  • SouthSide partners with Youth in Need to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services.
  • United for Children (formerly Child Day Care Association) provides resources and professional development for SouthSide teachers.
  • The St. Louis Public Schools collaborate with SouthSide to provide on-site speech therapy, occupational therapy, early childhood special education, and other supplemental education services for students with IFSPs and IEPs.
  • Belle Children’s Services of the St. Louis Arc provides speech, occupational, and physical therapy services to children enrolled in SouthSide’s learning Center, as well as observation and consultation.
  • First Steps provides disabilities services to two year-olds with development delay, disability or autism spectrum disorder.
  • Center for Speech and Hearing and Scottish Rite Clinic provide speech and hearing assessments and treatment when needed.
  • Lions Club provides vision screening and free eyeglasses to low-income children.
  • Healthy Kids Express van provides dental screening and dental treatment, lead screening and immunizations.
  • Institute for Family Medicine provides weekly visits by a nurse practitioner to do various health exams on our children.  She completes physicals, hearing, vision, lead, and hemoglobin exams and provides referrals and prescriptions as needed.
  • Prosperity Connection
  • Webster University (they are doing Mind Full of Words program)
  • Coat a Kid
  • NCL
  • Affinia
  • Healthy Kids Express
  • Barnes Jewish Hospital College of Nursing
  • MICA Project
  • Places for People
  • Vincent de Paul
  • Helping Hand Me Downs
  • Louis Area Diaper Bank
  • SouthSide staff participate in local advocacy and service networks, including:
    • St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council
    • St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (COCAN)
    • The Mental Health Committee of the Refugee and Immigrant Consortium
    • The St. Louis Children’s Behavioral Health Coalition
    • The Professional Latino Action Network (PLAN)
    • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    • Maternal, Child and Family Health Coalition
  • We work closely with organizations in South City and throughout the area to support our children and families: Grace Hill Children’s Developmental Center, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Casa de Salud, Family Care Health Center, Family Support Network, Family Resource Center, Crisis Nursery, BJC Behavioral Health, Catholic Charities Southside, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, the YMCA, Kingdom House, Oasis International, St. Martha’s Hall, ALIVE, and the Salvation Army