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)


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


Name Represents Term Expires Email
  • Evelyn BassEducation Professional7/1/2016Email
  • VacantDepartment of Education
  • VacantSchool District
  • Janice DancerHead Start7/1/2015Email
  • Amy DentonBusiness7/1/2014Email
  • Marylene TateDepartment of Career Education
  • VacantBusiness
  • Jody Veit-EdringtonNLR Public School District7/1/2016Email
  • Kelley SmithHIPPY7/1/2017Email
  • Diane GreenHouse Committee Children & Youth7/1/2015Email
  • Marsha MastersSenate Committee on Education7/1/2015Email
  • Nickie HammontreeProvider7/1/2015Email
  • Patricia LucasFamily Child Care Provider7/1/2015Email
  • Debbie MaloneProvider7/1/2014Email
  • Ava ColemanParent7/1/2015Email
  • Kathy Pillow-PriceHouse Committee on Education7/1/2015Email
  • Jackie GovanHead Start Collaboration7/1/2015Email
  • Shirley PulliamMigrant & Seasonal Head Start7/1/2015Email
  • Rhonda AhrentEarly Head Start7/1/2015Email
  • Dr. Chad RogersAcademy of Pediatrics7/1/2015Email
  • Dr. Haley VoAcademy of Family Physicians7/1/2014Email
  • Kaye MurryDepartment of Health7/1/2017Email
  • Dr. Jill FussellSocial/Emotional Clinical Provider7/1/2015Email
  • Barbara WarrenSenate Committee on Children & Youth7/1/2015Email
  • Dr. Glenda EzellCouncil of Deans7/1/2013Email

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