Arkansas

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Arkansas Early Childhood Asset Map (AECAM)
The Arkansas Early Childhood Asset Map, launched in 2020 by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, is a data visualization tool. It provides program information for public use on early childhood services as captured in the state’s annual “Getting Ready for School” publication. The map includes information on special nutrition programs, Arkansas Better Chance programs, Head Start programs, child care vouchers, and Better Beginnings programs. Supported by a state-university partnership, the map is housed at the Arkansas Economic Development Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and funded by the DHS. Learn more: Arkansas Early Childhood Asset Map
  • Infrastructure to Support Early Childhood Systems
    • Data Systems
    2020
    Arkansas Department of Human Services
    State-university partnership data visualization tool
    The Arkansas Early Childhood Asset Map, launched in 2020 by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, is a data visualization tool. It provides program information for public use on early childhood services as captured in the state’s annual “Getting Ready for School” publication. The map includes information on special nutrition programs, Arkansas Better Chance programs, Head Start programs, child care vouchers, and Better Beginnings programs. Supported by a state-university partnership, the map is housed at the Arkansas Economic Development Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and funded by the DHS. Learn more: Arkansas Early Childhood Asset Map
    Arkansas Better Chance Program
    Created in 1991, the Arkansas Better Chance Program (ABC) provides targeted, high-quality care for children from birth to age five who exhibit developmental and/or socioeconomic risk factors. In 2003, this initiative expanded to include the Arkansas Better Chance for School Success (ABCSS), which folded in a set of legislation aiming to support 3- and 4-year-old children in households experiencing poverty (up to 200% of the federal poverty level.) ABC/ABCSS includes center-based programs, home visiting programs, and family child care programs. As of 2022, the program serves 29% of the state’s 4-year-olds and 17% of the state’s 3-year-olds. Learn More: arkansas Better CHance Program Sources:Arkansas Better Beginnings. (n.d.). Arkansas Better Chance.National Institute for Early Education Research. (2023). Arkansas.Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. (n.d.). Arkansas Better Chance Program.
    • Expansion
      • Public Pre-K
        • Targeted Pre-K Policy (3-Year-Olds)
          • Targeted Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds)
        1991
        State-Funded Pre-K
        • Percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled: 29%
        • Percentage of 3-year-olds enrolled: 17%
        • Hours of operation: 7 hrs/day; 5 days/wk
        Created in 1991, the Arkansas Better Chance Program (ABC) provides targeted, high-quality care for children from birth to age five who exhibit developmental and/or socioeconomic risk factors. In 2003, this initiative expanded to include the Arkansas Better Chance for School Success (ABCSS), which folded in a set of legislation aiming to support 3- and 4-year-old children in households experiencing poverty (up to 200% of the federal poverty level.) ABC/ABCSS includes center-based programs, home visiting programs, and family child care programs. As of 2022, the program serves 29% of the state’s 4-year-olds and 17% of the state’s 3-year-olds. Learn More: arkansas Better CHance Program Sources:Arkansas Better Beginnings. (n.d.). Arkansas Better Chance.National Institute for Early Education Research. (2023). Arkansas.Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. (n.d.). Arkansas Better Chance Program.
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        Demographics Data Scorecard

        State population

        3,045,637 Source U.S. Census, 2022

        Rural %

        44.5% Source U.S. Census, 2020

        Urban %

        55.5% Source U.S. Census, 2020

        Number of children 0–4

        181,560 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

        Poverty levels - children 0—8 below 200% poverty

        53% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

        Median family income among households with children

        $63,700.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

        Unemployment rate

        3.7% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2022

        Unemployment rate of parents

        4% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

        Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

        67% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

        Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

        25% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

        Child Population by Race and Ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

        Race and Ethnicity

        • American Indian and Alaska Native (1%)
        • Asian (2%)
        • Black or African American (18%)
        • Hispanic or Latino (13%)
        • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (1%)
        • Two or more races (4%)
        • White, not Hispanic or Latino (62%)
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        Early Childhood Education Programs

        Public Pre-K Program Name

        Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) Source: NIEER 2023

        Universal or Targeted Pre-K Policy

        Targeted Pre-K Policy (3- and 4-year-olds) Source: NIEER 2023

        Early Childhood Education Programs (3-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

        Programs

        • Percent of 3-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (17%)
        • 3-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (9%)
        • Other/None (74%)

        Early Childhood Education Programs (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

        Programs

        • Percent of 4-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (29%)
        • 4-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (6%)
        • Other/None (65%)

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        2017–2019 Median Hourly Wages Source CSCCE 2018,2020

        Role

        • Child Care Workers
          $9.75 (2017, adjusted)
          $9.80 (2019)
        • Preschool Teachers
          $14.91 (2017, adjusted)
          $14.34 (2019)
        • Preschool or Child Care Center Directors
          $20.86 (2017, adjusted)
          $18.52 (2019)

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        Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in Millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022

        Funding Source

        • Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($102.4)
        • CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($88.2)
        • CCDBG State Match ($4.6)
        • CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations - CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($625.3)
        • State-Funded Pre-K ($147.5)
        • MIECHV ($7.5)
        • IDEA Part C ($6.3)
        • IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($8.3)
        • TANF Early Learning and Care ($34.5)