Let's Start at the Very Beginning: Improving Early Childhood Outcomes in Arkansas

January 2014 ENGAGE Magazine


In this edition, we're looking at ways to help Arkansas children get off to a better start in their pre-K and early elementary years.

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Stories Inside:

Early Learning is Worth the Investment
The dual goals of academic preparedness and social and emotional development are the hallmarks of all good preschool programs, particularly those funded to boost the early learning efforts of children from lower-income families. They are goals that the nation, the state and even some local governments have decided are worth putting money behind.

HIPPY Parents Prepare Children for Kindergarten
Established in Israel in 1969 at Hebrew University, HIPPY now serves more than 15,000 families, with the U.S. headquarters being Little Rock. The program was created to provide access to children’s literacy services without regard to poverty, lack of social isolation or education. Children are prepared for long-term school success by their parents, who are taught the lessons from the visiting HIPPY instructors. 

Baby Shower Program Promotes Infant Safety
Helping new parents anticipate and prevent common safety issues in the home is the aim of the Safety Baby Shower program developed by the Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Through the program, hospitals host baby shower-themed training programs for new and expectant parents. Participants learn about the most common causes of injury or death among infants and how to avoid them, but they also receive gifts to help them make their homes more safe — smoke detectors, cabinet latches, bathtub thermometers, carseats, refrigerator magnets that list poison control numbers and more.

Arkansas Viewpoints: Early Childhood
Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis of the UAMS Division on Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Cindy Crone of the Arkansas Insurance Department weigh in on how Arkansans can help ensure all children get a healthy start in life. 

How to Monitor, Encourage and Intervene in a Young Child's Development
Monika Garner-Smith, executive director of ACCESS Preschool, shares tips on identifying developmental delays in pre-school age children and ways adults can intervene and encourage development.

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