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We’re #ThankfulForPrek and thankful for you!

Over the past week, numerous friends and partners have joined AACF and the Good2Great Campaign in sharing why we’re #ThankfulForPreK. We already know that quality pre-K gives our children the educational foundation they need to succeed and teaches them...

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Why are you #ThankfulForPreK?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re thinking now more than ever about the many things we’re thankful for. Quality pre-K programs in Arkansas are at the top of our list. In addition to giving our children the educational...

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Putting Kids First on November 8

If you weren’t able to make it to our Putting Kids First press conference on Oct. 5, we’ve got you covered. Below, AACF Executive Director Rich Huddleston explains what the upcoming election means for Arkansas’s kids: The November elections...

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Garland County is committed to pre-K

At a press conference yesterday, Garland County Schools announced big news in their efforts to expand access to quality pre-K in their area. “The Dawson Education Cooperative in Arkadelphia has partnered with the Hot Springs, Cutter Morning Star, Lakeside, Fountain...

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Becoming Your Brain’s CEO

Many of you probably remember the book All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, which, when I read it, took me back to a time in life when my main jobs were to master tying my shoes...

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Closing the Opportunity Gap

Many poor, often minority Arkansas students start school already behind. They face diminishing opportunities when they stay behind. Recognizing this, the Arkansas state legislature put in place a funding stream to ensure that all of our children have the...

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NIEER Annual Yearbook Released Today

Today, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released their annual Yearbook that rates and ranks state’s pre-K programs. There is some good news: enrollment was up by 3,400 children in 2014-2015*, including 3,300 3-year-olds, while maintaining high...