Arkansas Early Childhood Commission

Mission Statement

As good stewards of the public trust, we will advise the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education in supporting the optimal and ongoing development of young children in Arkansas.

The AECC will provide support by:

  • Ensuring access to a safe, healthy and high-quality early childhood education,
  • Providing information to support a developmentally appropriate and nurturing learning environment,
  • Providing feedback and strategies to support quality training to child care providers, other staff, and educating the community.
  • Educating, assisting, and engaging parents and families, and
  • Engaging in state partnerships that will build systems and enhance the future success for all children. (Adopted April 2013)

Goals

The goals of the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission are to:

  1. Improve the overall quality of care in infant and toddler programs
  2. Engage families in the child's education through research-based programs that enhances child outcomes and success in school
  3. State policies should create an integrated system of professional development uniting the early childhood sectors- child care; HS; pre-k; public schools; early intervention and special education services. (Adopted from Workforce Designs Nation Association for the Education of Young Children)
  4. Support restructuring, expanding and growing Better Beginnings/Quality Rating Improvement System
  5. Strengthen and expand local and state partnerships with other agencies and organizations for connected action (Established April 2009)
  6. Create awareness of Health and Nutrition Programs and educate parents, children and child care providers on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle

Commissioners

Name Represents Term Expires Email
  • Deborah MaysAct 341 #1B - Family Child Care Provider6/30/2018Email
  • Ryan ClaybornAct 341 #2B - Head Start Collaboration6/30/2018Email
  • Dr. Kathy Pillow-PriceAct 341 #3B - Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)6/30/2018Email
  • Jody Veit-EdringtonAct 341 #4B - NLR Public School District7/1/2016Email
  • VacantAct 341 #5B - Parent
  • Kim WhitmanAct 341 #6B - Social/Emotional Clinical Provider6/30/2018Email
  • Dr. Kathy CollinsAct 341 #7B - Teacher Education - Council of Deans9/30/2020Email
  • Talicia RichardsonAct 341 #1D - House Committee - Children & YouthHeld by positionEmail
  • VacantAct 341 #2D - Senate Interim Committee - Children and Youth
  • VacantAct 341 #3D - House Committee - Education
  • Lindsey JonesAct 341 #4D - Senate Committee - EducationEmail

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