The State of Arkansas has been awarded a grant from the President's Early Learning Initiative (Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grant(EHS-CCP)) to provide high-quality early childhood services to children at-risk in Early Head Start programs. There are three EHS-CCP 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.
Arkansas was also awarded Round Two of the EHS-CCP grant. The grantee is the DHS/Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, whereby funding was awarded to 3 EHS/Head Start programs across the state known as hubs (UAMS-Little Rock, CSO-Hot Springs, and NADC-Batesville). As a result of this grant, an additional 168 children are being served.
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.
In collaboration with partners across the state and the Dallas Regional Office, quarterly meetings and conference calls are scheduled by the Head Start State Collaboration Office. The purpose of these meetings and calls are to support the needs of the EHS-CCP programs on the state and local levels.