Ages and Stages Pilot Project
The Ages and Stages Pilot Project was created to analyze questionnaire data from parents and physicians regarding early childhood programs within child care facilities. These documents support the project.
Arkansas Children's Week | April 12-18, 2015 - Zoning in on Construction
An annual event to highlight the needs of children in Arkansas. This program offers assistance in developing and promoting child-friendly activities for large or small audiences. The following documents support the program.
As we celebrate Arkansas Children’s Week, we’ll focus on ways to enhance our block building areas and optimize children’s experiences as they work with blocks. We’ll also consider other opportunities for constructive play, indoors and out, throughout the day. In the pages of this book and in our Children’s Week workshop, you’ll find actual photos of children’s constructive work, generously shared by real programs throughout Arkansas. We're zoning in on construction!
Arkansas Early Childhood Getting Ready For School Data
With the increased awareness that children need to start school ready to learn, we continue to track the School Readiness Indicators that were developed in 2003 by the Arkansas School Readiness Initiative Team. As part of a 17 state initiative, these indicators were identified in order to change policies so we may have ready children, families, schools, and communities. The National School Readiness Indicators Initiative was sponsored by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.
Arkansas’ School Readiness Indicators are continually collected and updated. The regular tracking of these indicators enables policymakers and community leaders to identify areas most in need of intervention, track the results of investments, and monitor trends over time. These indicators are presented as a dynamic and ever-improving set of measurements to monitor child outcomes and tell the story of successes as well as areas that need improvement.
These data provide reliable measures with which the state’s families, legislative leaders, educators, and communities may continue to track and pursue strategies that will move us toward the goal of Getting Ready for School.
Child Care and Development Fund Plan
The Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education has posted the proposed Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan for 2009-2011 for public review and comment.
Construction/Renovation Community Development Block Grant
The Division and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission have a working partnership to assist in the development of quality child care programs in Arkansas. The Division provides the pre-application review for AEDC to determine the viability of potential child care projects. AEDC provides grant funding for construction or renovation of child care facilities which will serve a majority of low to moderate income children. These grants are available only to city or county governments.
Early Education/Infant and Toddler Framework
The Framework is a document designed to guide early childhood professionals as they develop and implement curriculum appropriate for the children and families they serve. As a companion to the framework, there is a developmental rating scale that encompasses five developmental learning strands and offers examples of strategies and activities to promote a child's growth and development.
Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways
Formerly known as the Arkansas Early Childhood Professional Development System (AECPDS), TAPP is a coordinated system based upon research and best practices that enables the delivery of high quality professional development opportunities through career pathways that meet the diverse needs of early childhood professionals.