Seeking Early Childhood Education Campaign Director

Excel by Eight (E8) envisions a state where all children have access to quality health care and education that maximizes their full potential, regardless of gender, income, race/ethnicity, disability, or geography. We are committed to increasing children’s health and...

Child Care Challenges in Rural Arkansas

Children begin learning before they are even born. The brain development that takes place during the early part of a child’s life is the foundation of learning, behavior, and health. Quality educational settings and early child care are key to maximizing brain...

Breaking Down Brain Development

Breaking Down Brain Development

Dr. Nikki Edge A child's brain undergoes an impressive amount of change between birth and age three. In fact, by age three, the brain has reached 80 percent of its adult volume. Because a child's developing brain is most flexible during the earliest months and years...

State of Child Care in Arkansas

State of Child Care in Arkansas

It is every parent's dream for their children to be happy and healthy. But many Arkansas parents are forced to choose between working to ensure their families’ financial stability or providing quality child care. Unfortunately, without access to quality child care...

Healthier Smiles = Healthier Children

Healthier Smiles = Healthier Children

Oral health is a key indicator of children’s success. When kids experience cavities, it affects their abilities to eat, speak, play, and learn. Left untreated, tooth decay can lead to chronic absences, lower grades, and scores of adverse health and education outcomes....

An Economic Threat: Arkansas’s Lack of Child Care

An Economic Threat: Arkansas’s Lack of Child Care

The lack of affordable, quality child care isn’t only a challenge for parents. It’s a threat to our economic future. A recent poll showed 34% of U.S. families with young children are facing serious problems finding options when adults need to work. In Arkansas alone,...

Tackling Food Insecurity, Improving Outcomes

Tackling Food Insecurity, Improving Outcomes

Patty Barker, Arkansas No Kid Hungry Campaign Director Access to healthy food isn’t a luxury for Arkansas families. It’s a necessity for children’s long-term success. Studies show students who struggle with persistent hunger report lower math scores as well as higher...

What is Home Visiting?

What is Home Visiting?

Whether teaching positive parenting skills or helping caregivers secure child care, the Arkansas Home Visiting Network (AHVN) is focused on providing quality, evidence-based services to help families during pregnancy and until their kids enter kindergarten. Tyra...

School Readiness in Cedar Ridge

School Readiness in Cedar Ridge

Photo courtesy of Cedar Ridge School District. How can we measure children’s development? We must rely on insight from those closest to them. Throughout the school year, teachers have the opportunity to witness key facets of students’ cognitive, emotional, physical,...