Ninjaboard is using the 0.7 version of the Nooku Framework (Codename Koowa).
Ninjaboard is using the 0.7 version of the Nooku Framework (Codename Koowa).
Ninjaboard 1.0 marks the end of the fork status.
There's not a trace left of JooBB.
Also being prepared for AdminPraise lite, and Stainless.
We're adding support for JoomlaBamboo admin templates as well.
Show us how NB looks like on your own sites :)
Testing the URL data detector wether it picks up everything it should without compromising security.
Test data for the URL-matching regex pattern presented here:
Matches the right thing in the following lines:
(Something like http://foo.com/blah_blah)
(Something like http://foo.com/blah_blah_(wikipedia))
Just a www.example.com link.
http://example.com/something?with,commas,in,url, but not at end
Should fail against:
Known to fail against:
Testing URL detector security.
Congratulations to Ms. Brianna Green from Strong, AR
Talk about acts of kindness…. The Golden Collision Center recognized and awarded a 2006 Chevy Malibu car to one of Arkansas’ Early Head Start (EHS) parents. The Golden Collision Center selected EHS/Head Start programs in the state to conduct a car giveaway! The selection process was a tough one; however, their selection went to Ms. Brianna Green from Strong, Arkansas, who is a parent in the FACT, Inc. EHS/Head Start program in El Dorado, Arkansas. Brianna is a single mom enrolled in college and working part time to support herself and her young son, Adrian. Brianna’s had to write an essay to describe how a car would benefit her in achieving her lifelong goals. Her essay was selected from among several essays from all across the state. The Golden Collision Center staff presented Brianna and her family with a delicious luncheon, gifts for her son, and the lovely car.
The idea to support an EHS/Head Start program was definitely a step in the right direction! Especially since transportation is one of the largest problems we have in Arkansas for assisting families in early childhood programs. Brianna is already doing great things to improve the lives of her son and herself! By accepting the car, Brianna‘s world will be positively changed and things will be much better for her and her son! What was hindering her in her strides to succeed has come to reality and will assist her in reaching her goals in life!
Special thanks to Larry, Debbie, and all of the staff at the Golden Collision Center here in Little Rock, Arkansas. We appreciate your tremendous acts of kindness!
Jackie Dedman Reporting
Great News! Congratulations to Brianna....
This is an awesome gift for Brianna, a young parent who is doing all she can to meet challenges in her life so that she and her son will benefit in the long run. Thanks goes to the donor of the car, what a great gift!!
Love this photo! For those that do not know, Paige is Virginia Atkison’s daughter and a new policy council community representative for our Head Start/EHS program. She has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is a second grade teacher at Corning and an outstanding community volunteer. Please keep her in your prayers! Thanks to the girls at Corning for showing her your support! Her momma would be proud.
Strengthening Families using Best Practices in a Culturally Competent Way
The roundtable provided information on the core family strengthening elements of marriage, fatherhood, and asset building. Information was, also, shared about the Affordable Care Act, Veteran Services, Early Childhood Education, and their impacts on safe and stable families. As a result, Arkansas plans to move forward with a statewide Fatherhood Initiative in January 2014.
Kenneth Braswell (pictured above), Director of the National
Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse/Executive Director
of Fathers, Inc., served as the facilitator for the roundtable.
32th Annual Head Start Parent Conference & Family Engagement Institute
AHSA Bi-Monthly Meeting
Little Rock, AR
Third Wednesday and Thursday-every other month-See AHSA Website for dates
Arkansas Head Start Institute
Hot Springs Convention Center
Hot Springs, AR
March 1-4, 2016
Region VI Board Meeting
January 28-29, 2016
Region VI Head Start Training Conference
Oklahoma City, OK
October 18-21, 2016
February 11-13, 2016
May 16-20, 2016
School Readiness Summit
The School Readiness Summit will be held on November 4, 2015, at the Children's Hall, East Campus Building, Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.
Each team consists of a School Principal, Pre-K Director, Head Start Representative, Kindergarten Teacher, ABC Teacher, Pre-K Teacher, HIPPY Representative, Special Education Representative, Child Care (CCDF) Representative, and a Parent. In preparation for this dynamic summit, the Arkansas School Readiness Teams are asked to bring their program transition plans and their assessment data.
We plan to engage participants with five to six exhibitors, whereby, they will be able to discuss topics that relate to data systems, transition, and school readiness.
Registration is now open and the fee is $15 per person or $100 per team. Participants will receive six hours credit from the Arkansas Early Childhood Education Professional Development Registry and if you are in the public school your hours will go through the Arkansas Department of Education. The deadline to register is October 16, 2015.
Check out the School Readiness Transition Plans developed by two local teams.
Congratulations to the 2013 Arkansas Outstanding Early Childhood Professionals:
Michelle Eichler, Pre School Teacher, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Darlene Fleeman, Director, Springdale, Arkansas
Arkansas wishes to congratulate Kathy Pillow-Price for her position as Home Visiting State Director. Kathy will manage the MIECHV grant and work with the Arkansas Home Visiting Network.
Kathy will also serve as a commissioner on the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission. She will maintain the seat for the House Committee on Education.
We would like to congratulate Dr. Brenda Holder on receiving a Distinguished Service Award from the State Interagency Coordinating Council for her hard work, commitment, and dedication to the council.
Arkansas Children's Week is scheduled every year in April.
The theme for ACW 2014 is "Connecting with Each Child."
1. Expecting and understanding individual differences - developmental, sensory, physical, temperament, etc. - and reflecting our understanding in classroom practices; focusing on strengths and building relationships
2. Meeting every child's needs as a learner - recognizing and responding to different ways of learning; meeting them where they are; scaffolding for learning
3. Connecting with each family - cultural awareness and family involvement; helping families find positive ways to help children learn and grow
For more information follow the link:
Conscious Discipline and Brain Research:
Conscious Discipline® is a comprehensive classroom management program and social-emotional curriculum based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices. Conscious Discipline® has been specifically designed to make changes in the lives of adults first. The adults, in turn, change the lives of children.
Early Childhood Brain Research in the last 10-15 years has focused on the impact of high, quality early learning experiences on brain development.
Following are links to research about Conscious Discipline and Early Childhood Brain Research:
This forum is intended to be used by the early childhood community to stay up to date on new initiatives and exciting changes in early childhood education. It will also serve as an ongoing communications method for the School Readiness Early Childhood Teams on the local level.
To access the forum go to www.arheadstart.org, go to the News Menu Item and then click on Forum.
To view a specific topic, click on the topic to access and respond. To post comments or questions, please click on the “reply to topic”.
Educational Forum Process…
The Head Start State Collaboration Office, Arkansas Head Start Association, and DHS-Division of Child Care/Early Childhood Education will post new topics/updates each quarter after the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission Meeting (which is held in January, April, July, and October.
Early Childhood professionals may ask questions and share comments. Early Childhood Education/School Readiness teams are to share state updates with their local SR ECE team.
The public is invited to attend the AECC meetings each quarter. However, if you cannot attend, the commission will be the manager for all state updates that are approved to be placed on the ECE forum.
Responses to questions will be answered in a two to three day time frame. Professional Comments are welcomed (we can all learn from one another).
Beginning topics include: (1) Arkansas Comprehensive Early Childhood Education and Assessment Model (ARCECEAM), (2) School Readiness suggestions for local teams, (3) Legislative Updates, (4) State Announcements and Arkansas Early Childhood Commission, and (5) Grade Level Reading Campaign.
You do not have to be a registered user of the Arkansas Head Start Website in order to post topics or replies. If you have any questions, please contact the Arkansas Head Start Office at 501-371-0740.
Icons to assist with information on the forum:
i -Information/Dates to Remember
? -If you have a question
! -School Readiness
ARMOM is scheduled every year. Stay tuned for more information on the 2014 ARMOM which will be held in Springdale, Arkansas.
ARMOM is an annual two-day free dental clinic sponsored by the Arkansas State Dental Association for underserved Arkansans. All services are provided free of charge by members of the Arkansas State Dental Association, assisted by a host of volunteers. ARMOM provides dental care for the relief of pain to underserved Arkansans, many of whom are from working families who do not have access or cannot afford dental insurance.
Since ARMOM was started in 2007, over 8,084 patients have been seen in only ten total clinic days! The number of procedures performed has been phenomenal: 15,967 extractions of bad teeth, and 7,738 fillings and other restorations. These donated procedures were worth and estimated $4 million. Many of these patients might otherwise have no hope of receiving care.
The next ARMOM will be held on May 31 and June 1, 2013 at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. We hope to see you there!
For more information go to the following site: http://arkansasdentistry.org/index.php/armom/
Task Force: Arkansas Comprehensive Early Childhood Education/Assessment Model (ARCECEAM)
Purpose: To build a quality early childhood education and assessment system, whereby, all early childhood children would be assessed using the same performance assessment in order to monitor, measure, and track the progress of all children birth to eight.
Outcome: To review, share, examine, and analyze assessment data on young children in order to support and improve students' academic performance and prepare them for the public school, later learning, and other future successes.
Update: (July 1, 2013)
The ARCECEAM Task Force submitted to the AECC/SAC on July 16, 2013, the Teaching Strategies Gold's assessment concepts. The AECC approved these concepts to be considered in the selection of the state-wide early childhood assessment.
For more information, please submit your questions in the reply space.
Contact Person: Jacqualine Dedman, HSSCO Director
This category will focus on legislative issues affecting the early childhood community.
Congratulations to Governor Asa Hutchinson, the newly elected Governor to the State of Arkansas!
April 9, 2013: The signing ceremony for Act 528, "An Act to Improve the Health and Stability of Arkansas Families and to Strengthen Voluntary Home Visitation Programs." Voluntary home visiting programs match parents with trained professionals to provide information and support during pregnancy and throughout the child's first few (and very formative) years. This is a big win for Arkansas kids and families!
Please check out this video "Reading is Electric" developed by Jackie Dedman, Director of the Arkansas Head Start State Collaboration Office, in support of the Arkansas Grade Level Reading Campaign. Special thanks to Eric Hickson, Video Editor, and Jamie Newton, Co-Editor and Buzz, from the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.
The State's Goal is that by 2020, all Arkansas children will read proficiently at grade level by the end of the third grade.
We believe that schools must be accountable for helping all children achieve. Research in recent years has begun to clarify what contributes to our children's success in achieving reading proficiency. According to the research there are four key impact areas:
Summer Learning Loss
Parent and Community Engagement
We will need the support and involvement of all citizens, community leaders, state and local partners, and our policymakers - to accomplish this goal.
These are just a few suggestions on how to increase reading proficiency in your program.
Read to children daily.
Take them to the library.
Encourage reading in the home.
Invite Parents and Grandparents in to read to the children.
Encourage children to participate in a summer reading book contest.
Participate in the Imagination Library.
For more information about how you can get involved, please go to the Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading website at:
To support the Grade Level Reading Campaign, the Head Start State Collaboration Office has engaged Early Head Start/Head Start programs all across the state by participating in:
Reading is Electric Read-A-Thon-All programs are encouraged to read to children daily for an eight week period to showcase the importance of books in the classroom. Early Head Start/Head Start programs submit their Read-A-Thon log sheets weekly to show the number of books read to children. Programs will be recognized for the number of books read per center in March 2015.
Little Readers Rock-This is a literacy event whereby approximately 500 children and families will gather at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library to learn the importance of reading and having books in the home. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.
Reading is Electric books will be disseminated to EHS, HS, and HIPPY children from all across the state in order to demonstrate the importance of reading.
The next Commission meeting will be held January 19, 2016 at the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education at 700 Main Street, in Conference Room A/B from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Please make plans to attend.
Some of the agenda items include:
Approval of Family Engagement Guide and Kindergarten Entry Screener
Overview/Approval of the Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN)
Update on Early Head Start and Head Start Programs in the State
Overview of Commission Term Limits
Overview of the 2015 Fatherhood Activities
Minutes are posted at the following website:
FREE TRAINING ON THE FAMILY MAP
The training will consist of interviewing, the areas of the Family Map, and how to effectively administer the Family Map Inventories.
The Family Map Inventories are interviews conducted by early childhood practitioners. They are used to assess the risks and protective factors of a family and home environment associated with healthy child development.
The Family Map Inventories provide a format to discuss these critical areas and help educators identify and document services needed. They are available in three versions: prenatal, birth to three years, and three to five years. The areas covered in the Family Map Inventories include:
School Readiness/Early Learning
Home and Car Safety
If you would like more information on the Family Map, please contact Callie Slade, LMSW, at (501) 686-6585, or visit the website at thefamilymap.org
A task force has been formed to work on a statewide fatherhood initiative. The purpose of the group is identifying ways to engage fathers in the early childhood education of their children. The Task Force will identify resources and activities to improve fatherhood engagement in the state of Arkansas.
The officers for the task force are:
Chair: Ivory Daniels
Co-Chair: Cecil McDonald
Secretary: Jackie Hale
Treasurer: Ava Coleman
Parliamentarian: Robert Ousley
Historian: Anarella Cellitti
Advisor: Jackie Govan
The statewide fatherhood training with Sidney Moncrief and the Moncrief One Team was very successful! We trained over 150 participants on engaging fathers, finance, self-regulation, and much more in five locations across the state.
The fatherhood team will identify a "Fantastic Father" in the State of Arkansas each quarter. A fantastic father is one who engages in their child's education and life from birth to adulthood. Are you that Fantastic Father?
They are working to create a statewide fatherhood mentoring program. Stay tuned for further information.
Please mark your calendars for the 2016 Meetings and Events:
August 9, 2016, 9:30 am-2:30 pm, November 8, 2016, 9:30 am-2:30 pm
January, 2017 "Reading is Electric" Read-A-Thon: Engaging Fathers in Reading to Children
April, 2017 Books-A-Million Book Drive for Head Start/Early Head Start
In 2017, the Fatherhood Initiative will invite fathers to participate in a Statewide Fatherhood Mentoring Program. Please share with everyone you know, so that we can get motivated fathers to be a part of this mentoring process.
Please review the attached documents to learn more about the Mission and Vision of the Arkansas Fatherhood and Family Initiative.
The Head Start State Collaboration Office received a grant from the Kellogg Foundation to revise and create a seamless set of standards from pre-natal to age five. These standards will be reviewed, redirected, and discussed by a team of early childhood professionals and national experts. The team has already developed a set of guiding principles, areas of development, and domain elements.
The team met on a monthly basis and via conference calls. Time frames and locations were established for town meetings. The standards were approved in April 2016.
Once completed, the team will move to work to revise the existing Kindergarten Entry Assessment. Arkansas is currently using the Qualls Early Learning Inventory (QUELI). The team will research and pilot an appropriate inventory to use at Kindergarten entry. The KES Committee has completed its recommendations to go into the State's RFP for the Kindergarten Entry Screener. The next steps will be to complete the RFP and send through promulgation.
Final copies of the Child Development and Early Learning Standards are included below.
Plans for training on the new standards are underway.
The State of Arkansas has completed the Guide to Promoting Family Engagement for all early childhood programs. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided funding to the Arkansas Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) to develop a guide and framework that highlights the importance of building systems, school readiness, and transitional alignment. The State Parent Coordinator will transition to the Division of Child Care/Early Childhood Education (DCCECE). The State Parent Advisory Council will stay in tact as we move forward in assisting with promoting family engagement.
Training for the family engagement guide has been scheduled in the following locations: Conway, Batesville, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Springdale, Pine Bluff, Forrest City, Hope, and an additional location to be announced in South East Arkansas. You can register for training through the Professional Development Registry. The Arkansas Guide for Promoting Family Engagement is available only by attending a training.
Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) through a partnership with HSSCO has produced a DVD with the family engagement training. DVD's will be available at the lending library locations (Child Care Aware sites, Arkansas Literacy Council, and HSSCO-see attached list). It will also be included on the Arkansas IDEAS site with professional development hours.
Resources are available at the lending libraries referenced above. Resources include literacy, math, and science kits; infant and toddler materials; and other resources and materials to promote building systems, supporting family engagement, and collaborating with other entities.
Special Thanks to: State Parent Advisory Council, State Parent Coordinator, HSSCO, DCCECE, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation!
The State of Arkansas has been awarded a grant from the President's Early Learning Initiative to provide high-quality early childhood services to children at-risk in Early Head Start programs. There are three programs in the State of Arkansas: Community Services Office (CSO), Arkansas Early Learning, Inc. (AEL), and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). These three programs provide services to over 400 children in Arkansas.
The Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership grant provides opportunities for programs to serve children at-risk in high-quality programs. It also provides a great partnership between Early Head Start and Child Care. These two partners blend their funding (Early Head Start and Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)) to provide these high quality services.
Programs need to be aware of the opportunity for Early Head Start Performance Standards Training which is scheduled for Thursday, February 4, 2016, 9:30 am-3:00 pm. Grantees and partners will learn the importance of infant and toddler safety and educational standards. The training agenda will also cover updates on CCDF, Early Head Start, and other information from comment cards. Each program has been asked to invite at least two teachers for the educational training. We will have four to six exhibitors (Family Engagement, Infant Mental Health, Better Beginnings,and Lakeshore Learning Materials). Everyone is welcome to attend.