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2018 Outstanding Arkansas Early Childhood Professional

Since 1988, the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education has awarded deserving individuals as the Arkansas Outstanding Early Childhood Professional of the Year.  To further distinguish the significance of the award and its recipient, starting this year, only one award winner will be selected.


To be considered for this honor, nominees must meet the following eligibility and qualifications requirements:

v  Be a teacher in an early childhood classroom (birth - 4 years old) for a minimum of 3 years

v  Be employed by an Arkansas licensed provider in good standing

v  Meet minimum licensing requirements for child care staff

v  Plan to remain working in the early childhood field through December 31, 2019 at a minimum

v  Agree to have a classroom observation and interview conducted

v  Agree to serve as an Early Childhood Ambassador


The Arkansas Outstanding Early Childhood Professional of the Year award recipient will:

v  Serve as the Early Childhood Ambassador on Division of Childcare and Early Childhood Education committees

v  Receive Arkansas Early Childhood Association (AECA) membership dues paid for 2018-2019

v  Receive materials for the classroom

v  Represent early childhood educators in the media, as needed (e.g. Arkansas Children’s Week)

v  Be featured through social media and news outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, and a “spotlight” article on the DCCECE or Better Beginnings website


Nomination forms must be received no later than 5 pm on February 28, 2018.

Click here to access the nomination form


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Latest Events

Wed Jan 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Institute Committee Meeting
Thu Jan 18 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Board Meeting
Wed Mar 28 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Institute Committee Meeting
Wed Mar 28 @11:30AM - 12:30PM
Parent Class Meeting
Wed Mar 28 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Directors, Staff, Friends Class Meetings
Thu Mar 29 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Board Meeting
Wed May 16 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Institute Committee Meeting
Wed May 16 @11:30AM - 12:30PM
Parent Class Meeting
Wed May 16 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Directors, Staff, Friends Class Meetings
Thu May 17 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Board Meeting

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Head Start programs serve low-income three and four year old children and their families. The purpose is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of: educational, health, nutritional, social, other services.  There are 20 Head Start grantees in Arkansas serving 8,775 children and families.
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Early Head Start (EHS) program serves low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. The purpose of EHS is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning. There are 10 Early Head Start grantees serving 1,167 children and families.
Migrant/Seasonal Head Start programs serve children birth to five years of age and their families. Migrant families move from one geographic location to another for agriculture work. Seasonal families work primarily in seasonal agriculture and have not moved in two years. There is one grantee with two delegate agencies. They serve 368 children and families.
Arkansas Better Chance was created in 1991 to offer high-quality early education services to children birth to five exhibiting developmental/socioeconomic risk factors. In 2003, the program was expanded to serve low‐income three and four‐year old children. ABC for School Success, serves over 24,000 children in a variety of programs including Head Start.