A partnership is most successful when working together results in better outcomes than any one entity could achieve alone. LUME Institute is grateful for collaboration and authentic commitments to the greater good of the St. Louis region. Thank you to LUME’s 2015-2016 community partners and funders.

American Graduate community partners attend meetings to provide information about the challenges, assets, and opportunities they encounter through their work, help distribute content, and participate in events, such as town halls, community conversations, etc. Partners also come together to share ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration among their organizations. The Nine Network of Public Media is the leader of the national American Graduate initiative to increase the graduation rate and improve youth outcomes.


The Incarnate Word Foundation strives to create and nurture relationships to support its vision statement: A community where the poor and marginalized, especially women, children, and seniors, are empowered to attain quality of life. The Incarnate Word Foundation invests in organizations that share the values of "empowerment, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship. A primary focus for current funding is in the areas of economic empowerment, youth empowerment, and education programs, with a primary focus in North St. Louis." 


Child Care Aware® of Eastern Missouri, a program at LUME Institute, is a member agency of Child Care Aware® of Missouri and a member of Child Care Aware® of America. Child Care Aware®  of Missouri is unique among organizations serving child care programs, parents and community members in Missouri in the following ways:

  • Affiliated with the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA).
  • Each region in the state is served by a CCR&R.
  • Standardization and quality assurance for services throughout the state.

Child Care Aware® of Eastern Missouri, a program at LUME Institute, is a member agency of Child Care Aware® of Missouri and a member of Child Care Aware® of America.


The Pettus Foundation
The Community Foundation accepted the honor of working for the Trustees of the Pettus Foundation to continue to ensure that the philanthropic wishes of Mr. Pettus live on in the St. Louis Region.  The Foundation funds the education of children at risk (with a focus on public education) and job training (helping those who are receivers of society become producers/tax payers to society).


The Saigh Foundation mission is to enhance the quality of life in the St. Louis metropolitan region through support for charitable projects and initiatives which primarily benefit children and youth through education and health care. 


St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) SLATE is the City of St. Louis government agency that offers job seekers and businesses a variety of no-cost services related to employment, job training, and career advancement.


St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund’s mission is to improve the lives of children, youth, and families in St. Louis County by investing in the creation and maintenance of an integrated system of care that delivers effective and quality mental health and substance abuse services. 

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University City Children's Center is the founding school for LUME Institute. As the model school for LUME, UCCC and its teachers will grow and strengthen their ability to understand children. As the LUME faculty has the opportunity to pass along their knowledge, the philosophy and key points of what makes UCCC great will become further embedded in our everyday practice.


The Tracy Family Foundation seeks to proactively strengthen Brown County in Illinois and the surrounding Region by investing in the education, youth, families, and the capacity of these communities. The Foundation is also the vehicle for developing a philanthropic spirit among Tracy family members.


LUME Institute and Urban Strategies are partners on a state-of-the-art LEED certified early childhood center called Flance Early Learning Center in Murphy Park. Flance opened in June of 2014 and LUME provides facility and program development management. Flance currently serves 55 children with an enrollment ramp-up plan to impact 154 children.