Do You Want to Serve as a Community Leader for Your Region?

Community Leaders, in partnership with United 4 Children, identify and connect families with resources that ensure children are safe, healthy, and ready to learn. Community Leaders also coordinate early care and education efforts in their region.
Community Leaders will: 
  • Increase awareness of early childhood programs in the area, resources in the local community, and the strengths and needs of the region.
  • Create a plan to promote childhood programs by consolidating networking and advisory activities when possible, conducting targeted community outreach activities, and recruiting providers to work in early care and education programs.
  • Identify and collect information about local resources.
  • Partner with United 4 Children to keep the resource database updated.
  • Promote the mission and work of the ECERR at a local level.
  • Attend local stakeholder meetings.
  • Provide up to 50% in in-kind, cash, or grant match.
  • Ensure equitable access to resources and to opportunities to provide input on local decision-making across the region.

Learn more about the role of Community Leaders here:

FAQ: Community Leader Selection Process

What will I be doing as a Community Leader and why is this work important?

As a Community Leader, you can help ensure your community is supported and has equitable access to resources and will be recognized as a leader within your region in the field. 

For the full list of responsibilities, please see the attached MOU. 

How do I know what region I am in?

The state is divided into seven regions. Please see the map below. 

Do I need to apply if I am a current community leader?

Yes! Current Community Leaders do not need to fill out a nomination form but will need to fill out an application if they are interested in continuing to serve as a Community Leader. Current Community Leaders should have received an email application on August 2, 2023. If you did not, please reach out to Megan Mansouri, U4C marketing manager, at mansourim@united4children.org to receive an application link. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on August 17. 

What is the deadline?

Nominations for Community Leaders will be accepted through 5 p.m. on August 11. As we receive nominations, we will reach out to invite nominees to apply. Applications will be accepted until noon on August 28 to allow time for potential Community Leaders to bring the application to their board. If accepting the role is contingent on your board’s approval, please note that in your application. 

While the deadline has now passed, we are still looking for school districts, universities, and public agencies to sign up to be a part of leading their region’s efforts.  If you are interested, please reach out to Krysta Grangeno at grangenok@united4children.org.

Do applicants know who else has applied?

Current applications for Community Leader, as of 8/25, are:

Dunklin County Caring Council Southeast Region
El Dorado Springs R-2 School District Parents as Teachers Southwest Region
United Way of Central Missouri South Central Region
Blair Oaks School District South Central Region
Turn the Page STL St. Louis Region
St. Francois County Community Partnership Southeast Region
Jefferson County Community Partnership Southeast Region
CPR in the Ozarks Southwest Region
CPR in the Ozarks South Central Region
University of Missouri-St. Louis Community Innovation and Action Center St. Louis Region
Youth Alliance Northwest Region
Benchmark HS St. Louis Region
Community Impact Network St. Louis Region
What does the selection process look like?

Once the application is closed on August 17th, the selection committee comprised of members from U4C and OOC will evaluate all submissions utilizing a rubric. There will be 2-4 spots available per region. Stakeholders (community partners, area agencies, community members, etc.) will vote for the finalists when a region has more qualified applicants than available Community Leader spots. All applicants will be notified if they have been selected to be a community leader by August 31st. 

Community Leader Selection Rubric 

Evaluated Item 

Potential Score 

Actual Score 

Application contains all requested items without error. 

1 

 

Serves as a current Community Leader. * 

2 

 

Has demonstrated experience in providing resources and referrals in the community.* * 

3 

 

Agency is prepared to provide up to 50% match in the form of in-kind, leveraged grants, or cash.* * * 

3 

 

 

Matching dollars are currently in hand. 

2 

 

Has read and agreed to expectations of Community Leader work. 

2 

 

 

 

 

 

Has detailed explanation of how all areas of their region would be given equitable access to resources and opportunities to provide input on regional decision-making.  

 

2 

 

TOTAL  

15 

 

 

Can I withdraw from the process or role?

Each chosen Community Leader will be asked to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with U4C to confirm acceptance of their role as a Community Leader; this is a voluntary contract. The agreement may be terminated with a notice of 30 calendar days. 

What will U4C provide Community Leaders with?

U4C will hold monthly technical assistance meetings with each region’s Community Leaders. U4C will also host a Quarterly State-wide Community Leader Connection Meetings. 

U4C will develop a digital space where Community Leaders can access resources. U4C will share information about Community Leaders via social media, email campaigns, and the U4C website. 

You will also receive capacity-building support for marketing and communications materials. 

What type of support will U4C provide for each Community Leader group’s monthly meetings with stakeholders?

Community Leaders are required to host new or attend already established stakeholder meetings U4C will provide technical assistance support for community leaders to host these meetings based on their specific needs, as needed. 

What does the 50% match look like?

Budgets will be determined based on the needs of each community leader and each region. Each community leader will start with a baseline budget of $10,000. U4C will work with each community leader to establish an appropriate budget reflective of individual needs.  Community Leaders will provide a 50% match. This match can be in-hand or in-kind. Community leaders must match 50% of the amount that U4C is contributing to the budget. For example, if U4C is contributing $10,000 to the budget the community leader needs to contribute $5,000. Below is a list of examples of what your 50% match as a Community Leader might look like.  

Your 50% match may be:  

  • A portion of a staff’s time.  
  • Donated meeting space as part of your in-kind match based on what it would cost for someone to rent that space.  
  • Volunteer hours that are supporting for this work (you may calculate $31.80 per hour per volunteer as part of your in-kind match).  
  • If you are covering printing costs, that could also go toward your match.  

 

U4C’s 50% match may be:  

  • U4C provides the tools and training you need to be successful in donor stewardship and solicitation – including training on prospecting, solicitation, donor stewardship, and grant writing for up to three people from your team.  
  • U4C aiding on how to meet with a funder and solicit funding for your organization.  
  • U4C identifying funder opportunities across the state for you.  
  • U4C serves as a fiscal agent if you are not able to collect donations.  
  • While the match does not have to be in-hand, it must be committed and documented.  

While the match does not have to be in-hand, it must be committed and documented. 

Your 50% match may be: 

  • A portion of a staff’s time. 
  • Donated meeting space as part of your in-kind match based on what it would cost for someone to rent that space. 
  • Volunteer hours that are supporting for this work (you may calculate $31.80 per hour per volunteer as part of your in-kind match). 
  • If you are covering printing costs, that could also go toward your match. 

U4C’s 50% match may be: 

  • U4C provides the tools and training you need to be successful in donor stewardship and solicitation – including training on prospecting, solicitation, donor stewardship, and grant writing for up to three people from your team. 
  • U4C aiding on how to meet with a funder and solicit funding for your organization. 
  • U4C identifying funder opportunities across the state for you. 
  • U4C serves as a fiscal agent if you are not able to collect donations. 

While the match does not have to be in-hand, it must be committed and documented. 

How will Community Leaders be reimbursed for this work?

Each Community Leader will submit an invoice to U4C by the 10th of each month for the previous month’s activities.  

Who do I contact with additional questions?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Louis Rosche at roschel@united4children.org.

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