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Strengthening the Grid Weekly Newsletter

April 29, 2020

Learn what state support child care providers need, how to access Marketplace health insurance and more!

Strengthening the Grid Weekly Newsletter

April 21, 2020

Learn about the Legal Aid of Arkansas's new guide to accessing government benefits, how to check the status of your Economic Impact Payment, and more.

Strengthening the Grid Weekly Newsletter

April 14, 2020

Learn about unemployment benefits for self-employed Arkansans, new grant opportunities from the Arkansas Community Foundation, and more!

Strengthening The Grid Weekly Newsletter

April 9, 2020

Learn how much you could receive from the COVID-19 economic impact payments and more in our weekly newsletter.

Strengthening the Grid Weekly Newsletter

April 1, 2020

Read our weekly newsletter on community resources to help children and families during the COVID-19 crisis.

Arkansas Early Childhood Association’s COVID-19 Recommendations

April 1, 2020

Arkansas Early Childhood Association submitted the following recommendations to the Governor regarding child care during and after the current public health crisis.

February Newsletter

March 3, 2020

We are kicking off School Breakfast Month in March! Read all about it and more in our February Newsletter!

January Newsletter

February 3, 2020

Learn about a new legislative caucus on early childhood development, a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality, and Little Rock's Mayor Frank Scott Jr.'s State of the City Address in our first newsletter of 2020!

December Newsletter

December 31, 2019

Learn about the awesome work AR-GLR and partners accomplished in 2019 in our December newsletter!

November Newsletter

November 30, 2019

Learn about our new Excel By Eight initiative, our presentation a the Arkansas Healthy Child Summit, and how Conway County kicked off Excel By Eight in our November newsletter!

Excel By Eight Resource Grid

November 12, 2019

Our new initiative, Excel By Eight, creates a reliable resource grid for communities and families to plug into and ensure all children have what they need to thrive.

October Newsletter

October 30, 2019

Learn about the Arkansas Superintendents who pledged to Make Every Day Count this year, a new report on the need for increased investment in infant and toddler care, and our convening on early childhood development in our October newsletter!

September Newsletter

September 30, 2019

Learn about our Attendance Awareness Month resources, new statewide chronic absence resources for schools, and why filikng out the 2020 Census is so important for Arkansas communities in our September newsletter!

August Newsletter

August 30, 2019

Learn about how we are gearing up for Attendance Awareness Month, the Arkansas Department of Education's Family and Community Engagement Framework and Toolkit, and how Batesville is investing in early education in our August newsletter.

July Newsletter

August 7, 2019

Learn about our new report Full Speed Ahead, our 2018 Summer Learning Grantees and how you can gear up for Attendance Awareness Month in September in our July Newsletter!

Full Speed Ahead 2019

August 2, 2019

In this report, we share the progress that has been made in building the Campaign, detail milestones and measures used to track progress in areas including kindergarten readiness, third grade reading, and chronic absence, and outline a call to action for families, educators, business leaders and policymakers.

Student Success Plan 2019-2020 (Marshallese)

July 18, 2019

Kõttõbar eo an ajri eo nejũ ñan pãd ilo jikuul

Student Success Plan 2019-2020 (Spanish)

July 18, 2019

Los objetivos de asistencia de mi hijo

Student Success Plan 2019-2020 (English)

July 18, 2019

My child's attendance goals

Horatio School District

July 2, 2019

Read about Horatio School District’s "Reach Out and Read (R.O.A.R)" six-week summer literacy program for elementary school students.

Drew Central School District

July 2, 2019

Read about Drew Central School District’s "Camp Learn A Lot" four-week summer literacy program for kindergarten and first grade students at Drew Central Elementary.

Clinton School District

July 2, 2019

Read about Clinton School District's three-week summer learning program for kindergarten through third grade students. The Van Buren County Library and Van Buren County School Based Mental Health partnered with the school district on the program.

June Newsletter

July 2, 2019

Read about the 2019 R.I.S.E Award Recipients and Summer Learning Week in our June Newsletter!

A New Chapter for Arkansas Students: 2018 Report

May 28, 2019

Learn how Arkansas is starting a new chapter of transforming reading literacy throughout the state in the Arkansas Department of Education's new report.

Making Sure Every Student Succeeds: Understanding ESSA and School Report Cards

January 3, 2019

Our new guide, released with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, helps parents understand the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Reducing Chronic Absenteeism for Children in Foster Care and Fins

September 30, 2018

Read our new report on how chronic absence impacts students in foster care and FINS.

Data Matters: Leveraging the Power of Chronic Absence Data

September 15, 2018

Over the past decade, chronic absence has gone from being a virtually unknown concept to a national education metric that provides every school in the nation with critical data on how many students are missing so many days of school it jeopardizes their academic success.

Bright Spot: Booneville Focuses on Chronic Absence for the First

September 1, 2018

During the 2017-2018 school year, Booneville Elementary in Booneville, Ark. took the first leap into looking at attendance data and devising strategies to tackle chronic absence.

We All Have a Role

September 1, 2018

Learn how schools are using school nurses, social workers and community partnerships to promote attendance awareness.

Bright Spot: Yellville Summit Reduces Chronic Absence Rate with Panthers “Purr”-fect Attendance

September 1, 2018

Yellville Summit School district focused its attendance efforts primarily on school-wide prevention strategies through a broad communications effort to students and parents.

Bright Spot: Jones Elementary Exceeds Goal in Reducing Chronic Absence

September 1, 2018

Jones Elementary set out to decrease chronic absence rates from 10.5 percent to 8 percent from 2016-17 to 2017-18 school years. With a series of universal and targeted strategies, the school exceeded its goal and achieved a 6.4 percent chronic absence rate!

Attendance Teams at Work

September 1, 2018

Learn how schools in Arkansas are creating staff attendance teams dedicated to reducing chronic absence in the school.

Creating a Positive School Climate

September 1, 2018

Learn how creating a positive and engaging school and classroom climate is helping Arkansas schools tackle chronic absence.

Making Every Day Count at Oscar Hamilton

September 1, 2018

Learn how Oscar Hamilton Elementary is making every day count!

Bright Spot: Monitor Elementary Tackles Health Issues

September 1, 2018

Monitor Elementary School in Springdale, Ark. has been tackling chronic absence since 2013 by developing a series of positive, culturally sensitive interactions for its predominantly Latino and Marshallese students.

Making Every Day Count at Springhill Elementary

September 1, 2018

Learn how Greenbrier Springhill Elementary is making every day count!

Bright Spot: Greenbrier Springhill Experiments with Broad and Targeted Strategies to Reduce Absences

September 1, 2018

Greenbrier Springhill Elementary in Greenbrier, Ark. experimented with two, accompanying strategies to reduce chronic absence during the 2017-2018 school year.

Bright Spot: Oscar Hamilton Elementary Focuses on Education of Teachers and Parents as First Step

September 1, 2018

During the 2017-2018 school year, Oscar Hamilton Elementary in Foreman, Ark. developed strategies to incentivize students to attend school and also to educate parents and teachers about the importance of attending every day.

Engaging Parents Around Attendance

September 1, 2018

Learn how schools are implementing strategies that engage parents and caregivers to tackle chronic absence.

Using Data to Identify Trends and Systemic Challenges

September 1, 2018

Learn how schools are using data to identify trends and challenges among students to tackle chronic absence.

Using a Tiered Approach to Reduce Chronic Absence

September 1, 2018

Learn how schools in Arkansas are using multi-tiered approaches to tackle chronic absence.

Bright Spot: Valley Springs Elementary P.A.W.S. for Good Attendance

September 1, 2018

Valley Springs Elementary offered a variety of incentives to encourage good attendance as part of its P.A.W.S. for Good Attendance effort.

Making Every Day Count in Arkansas

September 1, 2018

Learn about Arkansas Community Foundation and AR-GLR’s partnership to reduce chronic absence in Arkansas.

Address Bullying to Keep Kids in School

September 1, 2018

Learn how schools can tackle chronic absence by addressing cases of bullying in schools.

Student Success Plan (Spanish)

August 1, 2018

Los objetivos de asistencia de mi hijo

Student Success Plan (English)

August 1, 2018

My child’s attendance goals

Student Success Plan (Marshallese)

August 1, 2018

Kõttõbar eo an ajri eo nejũ ñan pãd ilo jikuul

Summer Learning Tips from Angela Duran

July 22, 2018

Watch Angela Duran, AR-GLR campaign director, share tips on how to prevent the summer slide on THV 11.

Moving the Needle on Grade-Level Reading in Arkansas

May 1, 2018

The report details improvements made in the campaignメs five key impact areas, including family and community engagement; school readiness; school attendance; classroom instruction; and summer learning.

Full Speed Ahead: 2018 Progress Report on Grade-Level Reading In Arkansas

May 1, 2018

In this report, we share the progress that has been made in building the Campaign, detail milestones and measures used to track progress in areas including kindergarten readiness, third grade reading, and chronic absence, and outline a call to action for families, educators, business leaders and policymakers.

How School Discipline Policies Affect Chronic Absenteeism

April 15, 2018

Chronic absences add up—and school discipline practices can make the problem better, or worse.

What Do Our Littlest Learners Need To Be School-Ready?

January 1, 2018

This report outlines the factors that impact school readiness in the first three years of life such as ensuring that infants and toddlers have access to quality healthcare, quality early education programs, early developmental screenings and strong parental engagement.

Dyslexia Resource Guide – December 2017

December 1, 2017

This guide will clarify the “Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing How to Meet the Needs of Children with Dyslexia” related to the assessment, identification, and services for these students.

School Readiness: The Importance of Childhood Screenings in Arkansas

August 1, 2017

Read Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s report on how early childhood developmental screenings will help Arkansas children.

Raising the Standard for Early Education in Arkansas

June 20, 2017

An important step was taken to increase the quality of early childhood education in 2016 with the release of the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards by the Arkansas Department of Human Services and Arkansas Head Start State Collaboration Office.

Hot Springs Family YMCA

June 15, 2017

Incoming 1st and 2nd grade students participate in a six-week Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program put on by Hot Springs Family YMCA in partnership with Lakeside Primary School.

Mt. Judea Area Alliance

June 15, 2017

Incoming kindergarten through 8th grade students in a summer learning camp each year developed through a partnership between the Deer/Mt. Judea School District and the Newton County ARt program.

Ouachita Children’s Center

June 15, 2017

Kindergaten through 12th grade students residing at the Ouachita Children’s Center and pre-K through 4th grade students in the Hot Spring School District attend a summer learning camp...

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Expands Reach in Arkansas

June 15, 2017

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メs Imagination Library. That's an increase of over 6,000 since 2014.

Booneville School District

June 15, 2017

Incoming kindergartners participate in a four-week summer learning program, which was created in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of South Logan County and the South Logan County Library.

Park Avenue Elementary School

June 15, 2017

Incoming kindergarten through fourth grade students take part in a five-week long summer learning camp at Stuttgart School District’s Park Avenue Elementary.

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

June 10, 2017

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

Head Start Students Achieving Gains in Literacy

June 5, 2017

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.

Conway Improves Child Care Quality Through Better Beginnings

June 5, 2017

The community of Conway believes education is a cornerstone of their economy and has invested in the next generation's workforce with partnerships in early-childhood education.

Full Speed Ahead: 2017 Progress Report on Grade-Level Reading In Arkansas

May 1, 2017

In this report, we share the progress that has been made in building the Campaign, detail milestones and measures used to track progress in areas including kindergarten readiness, third grade reading, and chronic absence, and outline a call to action for families, educators, business leaders and policymakers.

Opportunities to Promote Early Learning and Grade-Level Reading in Arkansas’s ESSA Plan

February 1, 2017

In this report, AR-GLR and AACF present opportunities the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) may provide Arkansas's students and schools in high-quality early childhood education (ECE) and out-of-school learning.

Bright Spot: Success Mentors = Attendance Success

January 1, 2017

Batesville West Elementary School has reduced the number of chronically absent students from 38 to 14 after only one semester due to their new mentorship program.

Make Every Day Count: Reducing Chronic Absence in Arkansas Schools

October 1, 2016

Preventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence

September 1, 2016

Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center are pleased to partner on Preventing Missed Opportunity: Taking Collective Action to Confront Chronic Absence. Attendance Works drew upon its experience working with districts and states across the country...

Addressing Summer Hunger and Summer Learning in Arkansas

June 30, 2016

Across Arkansas this summer, young children are eating free meals at schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, churches, bible camps, city parks, libraries and other locations as part of a broad effort to end childhood hunger — and its harmful consequences for children’s health and education.

Leading the Way on Dyslexia for Arkansas’s Students

June 25, 2016

Flippin has found that addressing dyslexia has impacted almost every aspect of their school. Reading levels, attendance, student confidence, and relationships with both students and their parents have all improved. Flippin has become a model and continues to share expertise with other districts around Arkansas.

Tackling Chronic Absenteeism at Monitor Elementary

June 25, 2016

Through a series of positive, culturally sensitive interactions, Monitor Elementary in Springfield developed a system that reduced the chronic absence rate to 6 percent in the 2014-15 school year.

Find high-quality pre-K in Arkansas: I know you want the best for me. Thanks, mom!

March 24, 2016

When children have early learning opportunities, they are better prepared to reach the critical goal of reading proficiently by third grade.

Helping Your Child Succeed in School

January 1, 2016

This report from the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families details actions parents can take at home, in their local schools, at the school district level, and on the state level to ensure their children have access to a fair, high-quality education.

Leading Attendance in Arkansas

January 1, 2016

The goal of the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is that all Arkansas children read on grade level by the end of third grade.

Increasing Attendance at Marvell-Elaine

January 1, 2016

With strong leadership from the principal and committed teachers and staff, Marvell-Elaine brought down its chronic absence rate from 18% to 7% - and today, 75% of the students recently scored as proficient in reading on statewide exams.

Accelerating Achievement Through Summer Learning

January 1, 2016

A report from the National Summer Learning Association, funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, offers a comprehensive resource for program providers, education leaders, policymakers, and funders who are making important decisions about whether and how to strengthen and expand summer learning programs as a way to accelerate student achievement.

Making Every Day Count at Parson Hills Elementary

January 1, 2016

Parson Hills Elementary School in Springdale has always embraced a モwhole childヤ approach to educating its students. The school's increased focus on attendance has recently led to a drop in the schoolメs chronic absence rate from 14.9 percent of students in 2012-13 to 5 percent in 2014-15.

Bright Spot: Reading is Electric

January 1, 2016

Which local Head Start in Arkansas can read the most books? The Reading is Electric Read-A-Thon aims to find out.

Tiered Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absence

July 19, 2015

This handout is intended to help a school or district address chronic absence and think about alignment between its strategies and level of student need.

Bright Spot: Home Library Project, Springdale

April 20, 2015

Five years ago in Springdale, Jones Elementary teacher Justin Minkel was looking for ways to improve the reading levels of his struggling second-grade students. After discovering the correlation between the number of books in children’s homes and kids’ long-term academic success, Minkel began the Home Library Project.

Attendance Awareness Month on the Radio

January 8, 2015

Dr. Sherece West-Scantlebury, Mexican Consul David Manuel Preciado Juarez, and Al “Papa Rap” Lopez remind students to attend school in these radio PSAs.

Radio PSA on Summer Learning with Mitch Breitweiser

January 8, 2015

A comic book illustrator for Marvel Comics highlights the importance of summer learning.

Springdale Family Literacy Project

January 7, 2015

Learn how parents in Springdale, Arkansas are strengthening their English skills and supporting their children’s education.

Arkansas Better Chance – Ouachita Child Enrichment Preschool

January 7, 2015

Children at the Ouachita Child Enrichment ABC Preschool in Camden develop a love of reading and are prepared for kindergarten.

Because I’m Learning Now, I’ll Be Ready for Kindergarten Later

January 7, 2015

When children enter school ready to learn, they are more likely to succeed in school.

Summer Learning Matters in Arkansas

January 1, 2015

The Afterschool Alliance’s "America After 3PM" initiative released a new infographic illustrating the demand, need, and support for summer learning programs in Arkansas. For example. 77% of Arkansas parents says it’s important for their child to have summer activities to help them learn.

Parents’ Guide to Pre-K Advocacy

January 1, 2015

This guide details how parents and guardians can be the best advocates for their children.

Businesses Value the Importance of Pre-K in Bentonville

December 16, 2014

In Bentonville, a small business owner voices his support for pre-K as an investment in Arkansas’s future workforce and a critical resource for working families.

A Concord Dad’s Pre-K Story

November 12, 2014

A Concord parent shares how pre-K has made a difference for his family and the children in his life.

Pre-K Helps Kids Start School Ready to Learn: Teachers from Beebe, Arkansas

November 5, 2014

Beebe kindergarten teacher Brindy Koonce and pre-K program director Sarah Shannon know the important role that pre-K plays in helping kids to have a strong start to school. Yet pre-K funding in Arkansas has not changed since 2008, although state prison funding has increased 19 percent.

Increasing Attendance Through School-Based Health Centers

November 4, 2014

The Lavaca School District noticed that both students and faculty were missing school so they could visit doctors in Fort Smith or because they had chronic health issues. The district opened a school-based health center on campus and has seen attendance increase.

Parent’s Guide to Common Core State Standards

April 1, 2014

Check out this parent and community leaders guide on the Common Core State Standards from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

Statisticks Lottery

January 28, 2014

We must close the opportunity gap that leaves far too many low-income children behind in school.

Make Every Day Count Parent Handout (Marshallese)

January 1, 2014

Jiban Ajiri eo Najum Bwe en Tobrak an Jikuul: Jino Kaaamineneiki juon habit emman bwe en ijjino kin Bed ilo Jikin Jikuul Aolep Raan

A Novel Way to Expand Pre-K

January 1, 2014

Arkansas schools with high poverty rates are spending dollars allocated under the state’s education poverty funding to provide pre-K for low-income children. Districts can spend the state money on research-based programs, including pre-K.

Make Every Day Count Button

January 1, 2014

Campaign for grade-level reading.

Make Every Day Count Business & Community Poster

January 1, 2014

Businesses, nonprofits, and other community organizations can use this poster to show their support for school attendance.

Make Every Day Count Parent Handout (English)

January 1, 2014

Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

Reach Out and Read

January 1, 2014

Reach Out and Read Arkansas shares books with more than 41,000 preschool children in Arkansas through its network of hospitals and clinics. Sharing books with babies and young children promotes language development and literacy skills.

Make Every Day Count Banner

January 1, 2014

Make every day count.

Make Every Day Count Parent Handout (Spanish)

January 1, 2014

Ayude a su hijo a tener éxito en la escuela: Creando el hábito de buena asistencia a temprana edad

Because of You, I Can Reach My Full Potential

November 15, 2013

Parents and caregivers play a critical role in ensuring third-grade reading success.

Because I Don’t Miss School, I Can Keep Up

September 17, 2013

Consistent school attendance is an important factor in achieving grade-level reading proficiency.

Because I Learn During the Summer, I’m Ready for School in the Fall

June 19, 2013

Summer learning opportunities help ensure children retain their skills when school lets out.

Summer Fun and Learning at Marvell-Elaine Reads

June 19, 2013

At the Marvell-Elaine Reads summer day camp, local children participate in literacy-building activities and fun

Because I Can Read, I Can Reach My Full Potential

April 16, 2013

Early literacy success is critical to future reading and academic success of Arkansas students.

Keeping Kids in Class: Fixing Racial Disparities in School Discipline

February 1, 2013

This report from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families demonstrates how Arkansas schools rely far too often on disciplinary approaches that keep too many of our students out of school, limiting their opportunity to learn.

Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third Grade Reading

January 1, 2013

A follow-up to “Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters,” this report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation supports the link between reading proficiency and broader social consequences.

Moving Summer Forward: A Strategic Roadmap for Funding in Tough Times

January 1, 2013

This guide from the National Summer Learning Association and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation discusses how to leverage public and private funding to create and sustain summer learning programs.

Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

January 1, 2013

For schools and districts across the U.S., family engagement is rapidly shifting from a low-priority recommendation to an integral part of education reform efforts, according to a report funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Reading to Learn: The Importance of Reading by the End of Third Grade in Arkansas

November 1, 2012

Data compiled in this report shows how third-grade reading is a critical factor in determining the future of Arkansas students in graduating from high school and succeeding in college and the workforce.

Pre-K: Access to Success in Arkansas

May 1, 2012

The report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families makes the case that investments in Arkansas pre-K programs are helping our students perform better once they reach kindergarten and beyond.

Arkansas Better Chance Shrinks Gap in Kindergarten Readiness for Economically Disadvantaged Students

January 1, 2012

One of the most persistent challenges in education is the achievement gap between children from affluent families and economically disadvantaged households. A brief from the Arkansas Research Center explores how early childhood education can narrow the achievement gap.

Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation

January 1, 2012

This report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that children who do not read proficiently in third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers.

Don’t Dys Our Kids: Dyslexia and the Quest for Grade-Level Reading Proficiency

January 1, 2012

This report commissioned by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, in partnership with the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, examines the connections between teaching children with dyslexia to read and improving reading proficiency among all children.

Arkansas Better Chance Helps Students Start Kindergarten Ready

January 1, 2012

This report by the Arkansas Research Center demonstrates how the state’s preschool program helps prepare children for educational success.

Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning

January 1, 2011

The summer slide takes its biggest toll on students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, contributing substantially to the achievement gap. This RAND study finds evidence that summer programs can make a difference.

Afterschool is Key

May 1, 2010

This report from the Arkansas Out of School Network summarizes the latest research on afterschool and summer programs, outlines the 2008 findings and recommendations from the Arkansas Governor’s Task Force on Best Practices for After School and Summer Programs, and highlights the lessons learned from applying quality standards and evaluation techniques on existing programs in Arkansas.

Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of the Third Grade Matters

January 1, 2010

This KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows millions of American children get to fourth grade without learning to read proficiently, placing them at risk of dropping out of high school. The ability to read is critical to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential and their ability to contribute to the nation’s economy and security.

A New Vision for Summer School

January 1, 2010

The report from the National Summer Learning Association offers best practices on how districts can use existing funding to make summer learning programs an essential school reform strategy.

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

January 1, 2009

This report from the National Parent Teacher Association affirms that when families are involved in their children’s learning both at home and at school, their children perform better in school.