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Arkansas Children's Week 2020

Arkansas Children’s Week is April 13-17, 2020.  The theme this year is “Everyday Explorers.”  Attached you will find the Arkansas Children’s Week planning toolkit, the resource book, and the schedule for this year’s workshops. 

“Together, we will become a little better at observing children and talking with them to expand their learning. We will explore ideas for encouraging math and literacy in authentic and meaningful ways. We’ll think about how to plan projects and special experiences for children and connecting daily experiences with children learning goals and standards.”

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.

For a copy of the comprehensive set of school readiness indicators to inform public policy for young children and their families, please visit https://argis.ualr.edu/aecamrg/backtoschool.php.

Early Education/Infant and Toddler Framework

The Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards provide a set of common expectations for what children typically know, understand and are able to do at different ages in early childhood. The standards are research-based; culturally and linguistically appropriate; comprehensive; and are written with the understanding that children reach developmental milestones at different times. The standards are to be used to assist in developing age-appropriate learning goals for children, to support developmentally appropriate curriculum and assessment, and to outline a progression of development and learning that supports success in school and in life.

Professional Development Registry (PDR)

The PDR was designed by the Arkansas Department of Human Services: Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE). DCCECE is responsible with ensuring Arkansas’ youngest children receive high-quality care and education so they arrive to school ready to learn. Through the PDR, individuals can register for professional development opportunities and obtain resources to enhance their knowledge and skills.

To learn more about the PDR, please visit the website at https://pdregistry.arkansas.gov.

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