High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families. If we, as a nation, want to ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning, there must be strong support and partnerships from federal government to extend the reach or fill in the gaps of state efforts and innovation.
This fact sheet provides an abbreviated overview of state- and federally-funded early childhood opportunities in Arkansas, which serve more than 50,000 children and families.
“Success in life depends to a large degree on the quality of education early in life. This additional funding increases the number of children who will benefit from our first-rate early childhood programs and helps parents who are working or going to school.” – Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)
“In order to responsibly lower taxes we must invest in ways that lower recidivism, strengthen education, ensure government accountability and promote economic development. Investing in Pre-K is undeniably a return on investment we all benefit from.” – Arkansas House Minority Leader Michael John Gray (D-AR)