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ARRA HEAD START
Description: The funding is being utilized in the development & implementation of unified data system identifying & mapping early education resources available to citizens of the State. Arkansas has established partnerships at the state level over last 10 years. These partners and other key stakeholders have worked together on many issues including Early Learning Guidelines, Early Childhood Professional Development Systems, quality state funded pre-k, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems focusing on the development of Better Beginnings (AR.s quality ratings improvement system), & other initiatives affecting the health & well being of young children and families in AR. These partners recognize the need to focus more attention on local early childhood partnerships and in improving data sharing and collaboration..A unified data system will reduce barriers and improve data flow which will encourage collaboration & provide opportunities for coordination among all early child care and education programs. A high quality unified data system will build on systems currently in place, clarify gaps and provide data tools necessary to strengthen and improve AR. early childhood programs. The system is based on the efforts of the State of Illinois and its Early Childhood Assessment Map and will quantify & make data sets transparent and accessible to our partners helping them make informed decisions. .It will also aid the State of AR achieve the following goals as established by the AR Early Childhood Commission:..Increase the number of infants and toddlers served in quality licensed center and homes..Increase parental involvement in children.s education enhancing child outcomes and success in school..Support implementation of Better Beginnings..Strengthen and expand local partnerships..Guide State policies in an integrated system of professional development uniting early childhood sectors including Head Start, pre-k, public schools, and early intervention and special education services
State Agency: HUMAN SERVICES ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF
Contact Name: Mark Story
Contact Phone: (501) 683-0989
Contact E-Mail: Mark.story@arkansas.gov
Federal Agency: Administration for Children and Families
2 Projects:
Project Title Location Total Award Total Expenditure
Arkansas Early Childhood Asset Mapping (AECAM) UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SYSTEM $991,717 $991,717
Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways (TAPP) Arkansas State University $182,801 $182,801