Supporting Early Learning

Challenge:

Early childhood education is critically important to long-term student success, but Arkansas must improve both quality and access.

Solution:

In 2017, Forward Arkansas successfully made the case to the Governor’s office to increase funding for the Arkansas Better Chance Program to $3 million per year, permanently. Since then, our team has continued to advocate for increases in educator compensation. We also secured funding for scholarships allowing mid-career early childhood educators to pursue more education, ultimately improving early childhood programs.