Bright Spots

Raising the Standard for Early Education in Arkansas

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.

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Conway Improves Child Care Quality Through Better Beginnings

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.

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Making Every Day Count at Parson Hills Elementary

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.

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Increasing Attendance at Marvell-Elaine

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.

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