2014-15 Grant Application/Reallocation
On May 23, 2014, the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) released the 2014-15 Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) grant application/reallocation of ABC slots in areas designated as priority. These areas include where the slots originated from and/or school districts designated by the Department of Education as Needs Improvement Priority or Focus, a requirement of Act 49 (the law creating the Arkansas Better Chance for School Success program). Any early childhood program meeting Better Beginnings status may apply for funding regardless of the sponsorship of the program. Through ABC, DCCECE encourages the development of quality early childhood education programs to help at-risk children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally in order to be prepared for kindergarten. Use of ABC grant funds is limited to the establishment and operation of a high-quality early childhood program.
All grant applications must be received in the ABC office by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014. Applications should be emailed to Jim Munds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.