GOOD TO GREAT CAMPAIGN IMPROVING RURAL PRE-K PROGRAMS AS MODEL FOR STATEWIDE REFORM
You helped the Panel team up with parents, educators, community leaders and other advocates to improve early childhood education in Arkansas.
The Good to Great initiative is underway in Prescott and Marvell. The Arkansas State University Division of Childhood services is working with pre-K teachers and centers to improve their day to day interactions with students and create more cooperation between pre-K centers and the K-12 education system.
Increasing community participation in education is a big part of the project. The Panel collected hundreds of surveys from parents in Marvell and Prescott to find a baseline perception of pre-K and education in general. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families analyzed the results of those surveys, and found most people feel welcomed and encouraged to be involved in their schools. However, many respondents also said they don’t go to the parent resource center, attend school board meetings, or vote in local elections.