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  • Nooku Framework 0.7
    Ninjaboard is using the 0.7 version of the Nooku Framework (Codename Koowa).
    Link to this post 21 Sep 09

    Ninjaboard is using the 0.7 version of the Nooku Framework (Codename Koowa).

  • No longer a fork
    Ninjaboard 1.0 marks the [b]end[/b] of the fork status. There's not a [u]trace[/u] left of [url=#]JooBB[/url].
    Link to this post 26 Mar 10

    Ninjaboard 1.0 marks the end of the fork status.
    There's not a trace left of JooBB.

  • Sexy in khepri
    Also being prepared for AdminPraise lite, and Stainless.
    Link to this post 26 Mar 10

    Also being prepared for AdminPraise lite, and Stainless.

  • RE: Sexy in khepri
    We're adding support for JoomlaBamboo admin templates as well.
    Link to this post 24 Jul 10

    We're adding support for JoomlaBamboo admin templates as well.

  • Showcase gallery
    Show us how NB looks like on your own sites :)
    Link to this post 18 Jul 10

    Show us how NB looks like on your own sites :)

  • URL data detector tests
    Testing the URL data detector wether it picks up everything it should without compromising security.
    Link to this post 13 Dec 10

    Testing the URL data detector wether it picks up everything it should without compromising security.

  • RE: URL data detector tests
    Test data for the URL-matching regex pattern presented here: http://daringfireball.net/2010/07/improved_regex_for_matching_urls/ Matches the right thing in the following lines: http://foo.com/blah_blah http://foo.com/blah_blah/ (Something like http://foo.com/blah_blah) http://foo.com/blah_blah_(wikipedia) http://foo.com/more_(than)_one_(parens) (Something like http://foo.com/blah_blah_(wikipedia)) http://foo.com/blah_(wikipedia)#cite-1 http://foo.com/blah_(wikipedia)_blah#cite-1 http://foo.com/unicode_(✪)_in_parens http://foo.com/(something)?after=parens http://foo.com/blah_blah. http://foo.com/blah_blah/. http://foo.com/blah_blah, http://www.extinguishedscholar.com/wpglob/?p=364. http://✪df.ws/1234 rdar://1234 rdar:/1234/ x-yojimbo-item://6303E4C1-6A6E-45A6-AB9D-3A908F59AE0E message://%%3e http://➡.ws/䨹/ www.c.ws/䨹 http://example.com Just a www.example.com link. http://example.com/something?with,commas,in,url, but not at end mailto: bit.ly/foo “is.gd/foo/” WWW.EXAMPLE.COM http://www.asianewsphoto.com/(S(neugxif4twuizg551ywh3f55))/Web_ENG/View_DetailPhoto.aspx?PicId=752 http://www.asianewsphoto.com/(S(neugxif4twuizg551ywh3f55)) http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/h?pp/horyd:@field(NUMBER+@band(thc+5a46634)) Should fail against: 6:00p filename.txt Known to fail against: http://example.com/quotes-are-“part” ✪df.ws/1234 example.com example.com/
    Link to this post 13 Dec 10

    Test data for the URL-matching regex pattern presented here:

    http://daringfireball.net/2010/07/improved_regex_for_matching_urls/


    Matches the right thing in the following lines:

    http://foo.com/blah_blah
    http://foo.com/blah_blah/
    (Something like http://foo.com/blah_blah)
    http://foo.com/blah_blah_(wikipedia)
    http://foo.com/more_(than)_one_(parens)
    (Something like http://foo.com/blah_blah_(wikipedia))
    http://foo.com/blah_(wikipedia)#cite-1
    http://foo.com/blah_(wikipedia)_blah#cite-1
    http://foo.com/unicode_(✪)_in_parens
    http://foo.com/(something)?after=parens
    http://foo.com/blah_blah.
    http://foo.com/blah_blah/.
    http://foo.com/blah_blah,
    http://www.extinguishedscholar.com/wpglob/?p=364.
    http://✪df.ws/1234
    rdar://1234
    rdar:/1234/
    x-yojimbo-item://6303E4C1-6A6E-45A6-AB9D-3A908F59AE0E
    message://%%3e
    http://➡.ws/䨹/
    www.c.ws/䨹
    http://example.com
    Just a www.example.com link.
    http://example.com/something?with,commas,in,url, but not at end
    mailto:
    bit.ly/foo
    is.gd/foo/
    WWW.EXAMPLE.COM
    http://www.asianewsphoto.com/(S(neugxif4twuizg551ywh3f55))/Web_ENG/View_DetailPhoto.aspx?PicId=752
    http://www.asianewsphoto.com/(S(neugxif4twuizg551ywh3f55))
    http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/h?pp/horyd:@field(NUMBER+@band(thc+5a46634))


    Should fail against:
    6:00p
    filename.txt


    Known to fail against:
    http://example.com/quotes-are-“part
    ✪df.ws/1234
    example.com
    example.com/

  • RE: URL data detector tests
    Testing URL detector security. Within url backets: [url]javascript:alert(1)[/url] In plain text: javascript:alert(1)
    Link to this post 13 Dec 10

    Testing URL detector security.

    Within url backets: javascript:alert(1)

    In plain text: javascript:alert(1)

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    Acts of Kindness
    [color=red][b]Congratulations to Ms. Brianna Green from Strong, AR[/b][/color][img]images/stories/BENEVOLENCE_611.jpg[/img] 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 [i][b]Ms. Brianna Green from Strong, Arkansas,[/b][/i] 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! [img]images/stories/brianna.jpg[/img] 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! [i]Jackie Dedman Reporting[/i]
    Link to this post 16 Jul 13

    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

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    RE: Acts of Kindness
    Great News! Congratulations to Brianna....
    Link to this post 16 Jul 13

    Great News! Congratulations to Brianna....

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    RE: Acts of Kindness
    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!! Darlene Kurtz 7/2/13
    Link to this post 16 Jul 13

    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!!
    Darlene Kurtz
    7/2/13

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    RE: Acts of Kindness
    [[img]images/stories/paige.JPG[/img] 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. Rhonda Ahrent
    Link to this post 19 Nov 13

    [
    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.

    Rhonda Ahrent

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    Dates to Remember
    [b]32th Annual Head Start Parent Conference & Family Engagement Institute[/b] TBA [b]AHSA Bi-Monthly Meeting[/b] Little Rock, AR Third Wednesday and Thursday-every other month-See AHSA Website for dates [b]Arkansas Head Start Institute[/b] TBA [b]Region VI Board Meeting[/b] Little Rock, Arkansas August 27, 2017 [b]Region VI Head Start Training Institute[/b] Marriott Hotel Little Rock, Arkansas August 27-31, 2017 [b]SECA Conference[/b] TBA [b]NHSA Conference[/b] TBA
    Link to this post 31 Jul 13

    32th Annual Head Start Parent Conference & Family Engagement Institute
    TBA

    AHSA Bi-Monthly Meeting
    Little Rock, AR
    Third Wednesday and Thursday-every other month-See AHSA Website for dates

    Arkansas Head Start Institute
    TBA

    Region VI Board Meeting
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    August 27, 2017

    Region VI Head Start Training Institute
    Marriott Hotel
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    August 27-31, 2017

    SECA Conference
    TBA

    NHSA Conference
    TBA

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    School Readiness in Arkansas
    [b]School Readiness Summit[/b] [b]The School Readiness Summit will be held on October 17, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.[/b]The teams that participated last year (2016) will be asked to return for the 2017 School Readiness Summit. Thanks to the WK Kellogg Foundation, local teams will receive additional funding to support school readiness and transitional activities. 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, Infant/Toddler Representative, Child Care (CCDF) Representative, and a Parent. We plan to engage participants with five to six exhibitors, whereby, they will be able to discuss topics that relate to data systems, transition, social-emotional, and school readiness. [b]Registration is now open and the fee is $15 per person or $100 per team. Participants will receive six hours credit from the 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 September 29, 2017.[/b]
    Link to this post 31 Jul 13

    School Readiness Summit

    The School Readiness Summit will be held on October 17, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.The teams that participated last year (2016) will be asked to return for the 2017 School Readiness Summit. Thanks to the WK Kellogg Foundation, local teams will receive additional funding to support school readiness and transitional activities.

    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, Infant/Toddler Representative, Child Care (CCDF) Representative, and a Parent.

    We plan to engage participants with five to six exhibitors, whereby, they will be able to discuss topics that relate to data systems, transition, social-emotional, 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 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 September 29, 2017.

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    RE: School Readiness in Arkansas
    Check out the School Readiness Transition Plans developed by two local teams.
    Link to this post 28 Oct 13

    Check out the School Readiness Transition Plans developed by two local teams.

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    Congratulations are in order...
    Congratulations to the 2017 Arkansas Outstanding Early Childhood Professionals: To be announced ***********************************************************
    Link to this post 07 Aug 13

    Congratulations to the 2017 Arkansas Outstanding Early Childhood Professionals:

    To be announced
    ***********************************************************

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    Arkansas Children's Week
    Arkansas Children's Week is scheduled every year in April. Stay tuned for more posted information. For more information, follow the link: [url=http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dccece/Pages/dccece_service_details.aspx#2]http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dccece/Pages/dccece_service_details.aspx#2[/url]
    Link to this post 07 Aug 13

    Arkansas Children's Week is scheduled every year in April.

    Stay tuned for more posted information.

    For more information, follow the link:

    http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dccece/Pages/dccece_service_details.aspx#2

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    Conscious Discipline and Brain Research
    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: [url=http://consciousdiscipline.com/research/]http://consciousdiscipline.com/research/[/url] [url=http://www.esds.us/ConsciousDiscipline/Rsrch.pdf]http://www.esds.us/ConsciousDiscipline/Rsrch.pdf[/url] [url=http://www.southernearlychildhood.org/upload/pdf/Brain_Research__Its_Implications.pdf]http://www.southernearlychildhood.org/upload/pdf/Brain_Research__Its_Implications.pdf [/url] [url=http://www.ecementor.org/articles-on-teaching/Early_Brain_Development_Research_Review.pdf]http://www.ecementor.org/articles-on-teaching/Early_Brain_Development_Research_Review.pdf[/url] [url=http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=9824]From Neurons to Neighborhoods http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=9824[/url] [url=http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2012/From-Neurons-to-Neighborhoods-An-Update.aspx]http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2012/From-Neurons-to-Neighborhoods-An-Update.aspx[/url]
    Link to this post 07 Aug 13

    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:

    http://consciousdiscipline.com/research/

    http://www.esds.us/ConsciousDiscipline/Rsrch.pdf

    http://www.southernearlychildhood.org/upload/pdf/Brain_Research__Its_Implications.pdf

    http://www.ecementor.org/articles-on-teaching/Early_Brain_Development_Research_Review.pdf

    From Neurons to Neighborhoods http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=9824

    http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2012/From-Neurons-to-Neighborhoods-An-Update.aspx

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    General Instructions for Use of the Early Childhood
    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. [list] [*] To access the forum go to www.arheadstart.org, go to the News Menu Item and then click on Forum. [/list] [list] [*] 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”. [/list] [u][b]Educational Forum Process…[/b][/u] [list] [*] 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. [/list] [list] [*] 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. [/list] [list] [*] 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. [/list] [list] [*] 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). [/list] [i][b]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. [/b] [/i] 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. [u][b]Icons to assist with information on the forum:[/b][/u] i -Information/Dates to Remember ? -If you have a question ! -School Readiness Star-Recognition Heart-Sympathy/Sickness Fire-Legislative Topic Ball-Parenting Topics Paper-Posted Research
    Link to this post 07 Aug 13

    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
    Star-Recognition
    Heart-Sympathy/Sickness
    Fire-Legislative Topic
    Ball-Parenting Topics
    Paper-Posted Research

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    Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ARMOM)
    [b]ARMOM is scheduled every year. Stay tuned for more information.[/b] 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. For more information go to the following site: [url=http://arkansasdentistry.org/index.php/armom/]http://arkansasdentistry.org/index.php/armom/[/url]
    Link to this post 07 Aug 13

    ARMOM is scheduled every year. Stay tuned for more information.

    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.

    For more information go to the following site: http://arkansasdentistry.org/index.php/armom/

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    State Legislative Issues/Updates
    This category will focus on legislative issues affecting the early childhood community. To access information about the General Assembly, bills, and acts go to the following site: [url=http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly]http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly[/url] [img]images/stories/201202081035551.jpg[/img] [b]Update... [/b] [img]images/stories/homevisitingforws.jpg[/img] [b]April 9, 2013:[/b] 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!
    Link to this post 07 Aug 13

    This category will focus on legislative issues affecting the early childhood community.


    To access information about the General Assembly, bills, and acts go to the following site: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly

    Update...


    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!

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    Arkansas Grade Level Reading Campaign
    Please check out this video: [url=http://youtu.be/gu4sPRs2UTg]"Reading is Electric"[/url] developed by Jackie Govan, 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: [list] [*] [i][b]School Readiness [/b][/i] [*] [i][b]Chronic Absence [/b][/i] [*] [i][b]Summer Learning Loss[/b][/i] [*] [i][b]Parent and Community Engagement[/b][/i] [/list] 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. [list=] [*]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. [/list] For more information about how you can get involved, please go to the Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading website at: [url=http://www.wrfoundation.org/index/arkansas-campaign-for-grade-level-reading.html]http://www.wrfoundation.org/index/arkansas-campaign-for-grade-level-reading.html[/url] 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: [list] [*] 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 each year. [/list] [list] [*] 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. [/list] [list] [*] 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. [/list] [img]images/stories/riselectriccover_2.jpg[/img]
    Link to this post 07 Aug 13

    Please check out this video: "Reading is Electric" developed by Jackie Govan, 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:

    • School Readiness

    • Chronic Absence

    • 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.

    1. Read to children daily.

    2. Take them to the library.

    3. Encourage reading in the home.

    4. Invite Parents and Grandparents in to read to the children.

    5. Encourage children to participate in a summer reading book contest.

    6. 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:

    http://www.wrfoundation.org/index/arkansas-campaign-for-grade-level-reading.html

    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 each year.

    • 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.

    • 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.


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    Arkansas Early Childhood Commission (AECC) Update
    The Arkansas Early Childhood Commission meets every quarter (January, April, July, and October)on the third Tuesday of each of those months at the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education at 700 Main Street, in Conference Room A/B from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. The public is invited, please make plans to attend. Some of the agenda items include: [list] [*] Family Engagement and Kindergarten Entry Assessment [/list] [list] [*] Overview/Approval of the Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) [/list] [list] [*]Update on Early Head Start and Head Start Programs in the State [/list] [list] [*] Overview of Commission Term Limits [/list] [list] [*] Overview of the Fatherhood Activities [/list] [list] [*] Update on Better Beginnings/Quality Rating Improvement System and Licensing[/list] Minutes are posted at the following website: [url=http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dccece/Pages/ArkansasEarlyChildhoodCommission.aspx]http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dccece/Pages/ArkansasEarlyChildhoodCommission.aspx[/url] [img]images/stories/aecc_group_picture_1.jpg[/img]
    Link to this post 07 Aug 13

    The Arkansas Early Childhood Commission meets every quarter (January, April, July, and October)on the third Tuesday of each of those months at the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education at 700 Main Street, in Conference Room A/B from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. The public is invited, please make plans to attend.

    Some of the agenda items include:

    • Family Engagement and Kindergarten Entry Assessment

    • 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 Fatherhood Activities

    • Update on Better Beginnings/Quality Rating Improvement System and Licensing


    Minutes are posted at the following website:

    http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dccece/Pages/ArkansasEarlyChildhoodCommission.aspx


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    What is the Family Map?
    [size=200]FREE TRAINING ON THE FAMILY MAP[/size] [b]The training will consist of interviewing, the areas of the Family Map, and how to effectively administer the Family Map Inventories.[/b] 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: [list] [*] Self Support [/list] [list] [*] Routines [/list] [list] [*] School Readiness/Early Learning [/list] [list] [*] Monitoring [/list] [list] [*] Environmental Safety [/list] [list] [*] Family Cohesion [/list] [list] [*] Discipline [/list] [list] [*] Home and Car Safety [/list] [list] [*] Basic Needs [/list] [list] [*] Social Integration [/list] [list] [*] Parent-Child Warmth [/list] [list] [*] Health [/list] If you would like more information on the Family Map, please contact Callie Slade, LMSW, at (501) 686-6585, [url=mailto:][/url] or visit the website at [url=http://www.thefamilymap.org/]thefamilymap.org[/url]
    Link to this post 19 Aug 13

    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:

    • Self Support

    • Routines

    • School Readiness/Early Learning

    • Monitoring

    • Environmental Safety

    • Family Cohesion

    • Discipline

    • Home and Car Safety

    • Basic Needs

    • Social Integration

    • Parent-Child Warmth

    • Health

    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

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    Arkansas Fatherhood and Family Initiative: Fathers Empowered and Engaged to Learn (FEEL)
    [img]http://www.arheadstart.org/images/feellogo_2.jpg[/img] A task force has been formed to work on a statewide fatherhood initiative. The purpose is to identify ways to engage fathers in their child's education and life. 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 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. [b]Are you that Fantastic Father?[/b] Please mark your calendars for the Fatherhood Meetings and Events: [list] [*] Annual "Reading is Electric" Read-A-Thon: Engaging Fathers in Reading to Children [/list] [list] [*] Region VI/Arkansas Head Start Institute featuring fatherhood speaker, Patrick Mitchell [/list] [list] [*] Back to School: High Five Dads-beginning this Fall in School Districts across the state[/list] [list] [*] Fatherhood Holiday Special Event-where dads are presented toys to engage with their children[/list] In 2017, the Fatherhood Initiative will invite fathers to participate in a Statewide Fatherhood Mentoring Program in five school districts across the state. Information will be sent out in July. 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.
    Link to this post 01 May 14


    A task force has been formed to work on a statewide fatherhood initiative. The purpose is to identify ways to engage fathers in their child's education and life. 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 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?

    Please mark your calendars for the Fatherhood Meetings and Events:

    • Annual "Reading is Electric" Read-A-Thon: Engaging Fathers in Reading to Children

    • Region VI/Arkansas Head Start Institute featuring fatherhood speaker, Patrick Mitchell

    • Back to School: High Five Dads-beginning this Fall in School Districts across the state

    • Fatherhood Holiday Special Event-where dads are presented toys to engage with their children

    In 2017, the Fatherhood Initiative will invite fathers to participate in a Statewide Fatherhood Mentoring Program in five school districts across the state. Information will be sent out in July. 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.

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    Early Learning Development Standards/Kindergarten Entry Assessment
    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.
    Link to this post 26 Jan 15

    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.

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    Family Engagement
    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!
    Link to this post 26 Jan 15

    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!

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    Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
    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.
    Link to this post 04 Aug 15

    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.