Realizing the EDI’s Full Impact

Realizing the EDI’s Full Impact

Building a strong foundation for children’s success starts with taking a look at where they are now. Enter the Early Development Instrument (EDI), which offers a comprehensive view of how children are developing in neighborhoods and census tracts across...

T.E.A.C.H.ing Our Future

T.E.A.C.H.ing Our Future

Arkansas’s economy depends on quality early care and education. These programs not only allow parents to return to and stay engaged at work, they also provide stimulating, responsive learning environments for children during critical periods of early development....

On the Ground with E8: Kaila Parker in Conway County

On the Ground with E8: Kaila Parker in Conway County

It’s often said the most meaningful change starts locally. At Excel by Eight (E8), we know that to be true. That’s why we are partnering with communities across the state to help all Arkansas children thrive. In Conway County, an E8 Community, parents, educators,...

Strengthening the Grid Starts with Us

Strengthening the Grid Starts with Us

With COVID-19 cases on the rise and sometimes conflicting health guidance, many Arkansans are rightfully concerned about exposing loved ones to potential germs. As a result, some families are postponing, or skipping altogether, critical health care visits. Since...

Early Steps to School Success Launched in Arkansas

Early Steps to School Success Launched in Arkansas

With support from the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education at the Department of Human Services, Save the Children launched a new home visiting program in 2019 called Early Steps to School Success. Early Steps focuses on the five years before a child...

SafeCare Expands Statewide

SafeCare Expands Statewide

In 2018, the Division of Children and Family Services at the Department of Human Services and the Arkansas Home Visiting Network launched SafeCare. In addition to improving risk and safety assessment and management, this program is designed to protect children in...

Arkansas Makes Steps Toward Paying for Developmental Screenings

Arkansas Makes Steps Toward Paying for Developmental Screenings

Arkansas is one of only five states that does not reimburse health care providers for developmental or autism screenings through Medicaid. As a result, many infants and toddlers miss out on needed services. In a significant step forward, the Department of Human...