The 2006 Arkansas Head Start Institute was held July 25-27,2006 at the Clarion Resort on the Lake, Hot Springs, Arkansas. The conference attendance was 150 participants.
Dave Hoffpauir, a therapist with the UAMS Strive Program, was the keynote speaker for the July 26, 2006 Opening Session. Mr. Hoffpauir provided an introductory to current drug trends. He discussed the symptoms associated with use of substances from each category and gave specific examples, brand names and slang names of substances from each category.
Patti Butler, Parent Educator with UAMS on the Grant to Reduce Alcohol Abuse at Russellville High School , was the keynote speaker for the July 27, 2006 Closing Session. She gave a motivational presentation on the positive effect early childhood professionals have on the families and children they serve.
Bentley Black, the grandson of former Head Start Director Virginia Atkinson, provided entertainment for both days. He sang a variety of patriotic and country songs.
At the Annual Meeting, on July 27 nominees for Region VI and NHSA Awards were honored as well as the 2006 Outstanding Arkansas Head Start Teacher, Robert Jackson from Arkansas Human Development Corporation EHS in Hot Springs, AR.