Arkansas Better Chance Program

Important Notice

2015 -2016 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 Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Applications should be emailed to the website CopaSupport.MailAccount@dhs.arkansas.gov or hand delivered to 700 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201. Faxed or mailed copies will not be accepted.

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2015-16 ABC Grant Application Instructions DOC
2015-16 ABC Grant Application PDF
2015-16 Certification Page - Part F DOC
2015-16 Budget Form XLS
2015-16 Budget Justification Form XLS
2015-16 Scoring Rubric XLS

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.

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Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Arkansas Better Chance Program PDF

Overview

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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Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Arkansas Better Chance Program PDF
ABC Data Specialists Map PDF

Act 49

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Act 49 PDF

Regulation Clarifications

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Dismissal/Expulsion Clarification PDF
Billing Procedures PDF​
Separation of Church and State PDF

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.

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Association of Measurements - The Correlation between Common Core and Early Head Start Requirements ​PDF

Resources

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Arkansas Better Chance Fast Facts PDF
ABC Longitudinal Study PDF
This report estimates the effects of the Arkansas Better Chance Program (ABC) on entering kindergartners' academic skills using a rigorous research design. Receptive vocabulary, early literacy and early math skills were assessed in a sample of 911 children from across Arkansas. We found that the Arkansas Better Chance Program has statistically significant and meaningful impacts on children’s early language, literacy and mathematical development.
Forms: Program, Budget/Finance, Child Record, COPA WEB
Additional Resources WEB