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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Expands Reach in Arkansas


Every month, more than 16,000 children in Arkansas receive a free book in the mail from one of 47 community affiliates of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. That's an increase of over 6,000 since 2014.

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Keeping Kids in School By Reforming Disciplinary Practices and Increasing Health Care Access

With two bills in 2017, Arkansas continued to make progress toward keeping more kids in school and reducing chronic absences.

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Head Start Students Achieving Gains in Literacy

Head Start students in Arkansas are achieving gains in literacy thanks to strengthened programs, partnerships and training. The percentage of Head Start students assessed as meeting or exceeding expectations on literacy increased from 70 percent in the fall to 86 percent in the spring during the 2015-2016 school year.

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Increased Funding for Early Head Start and Pre-K

During the 2017 legislative session, policymakers made a first step toward closing the gap, increasing funding by $3 million to $114 million per year.

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