2015-16 Grant Application/Reallocation
On May 21, 2015, the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) released the 2015-16 Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) grant application of ABC slots targeting those areas designated as Priority and/or Focus identified by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) School Improvement, a requirement of Act 49 (the law creating the Arkansas Better Chance for School Success program). The listing of the Priority/Focus areas may be located within the ABC grant application.
In cooperation with the ADE, the DCCECE oversees the Arkansas Better Chance program ensuring the establishment and development of high quality early childhood education programs to assist at-risk children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally to support the preparation for kindergarten. All grant applications must be received in the ABC office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015. Applications should be emailed to the website CopaSupport.MailAccount@dhs.arkansas.gov.
Revised ADE Rules
Attention: The ADE Rules Governing the Arkansas Better Chance Program have been revised and approved. The new Rules became effective October 26, 2012.
The Arkansas Better Chance program is funded through an appropriation in the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Public School Fund budget. ADE contracts with the DHS Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education to administer the program. The Division is responsible for all operational duties associated with ABC. The State Board of Education is the final authority for approval of rules and grants. The Division gives regular reports and updates to the State Board of Education, as well as an annual report to the Joint Legislative Committee on Education.
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Pre-K Alignment with Common Core
The AR Framework Benchmark Summary Table has been revised to better align with national Common Core Standards that were adopted by Arkansas in July, 2010. Extensive research has taken place to assure that these standards are appropriate for developmental stages of pre-k children as well as aligned properly with the Common Core Standards.