No Time to Play: Support state’s child-care providers

Guest Blogger: Jeff Dyer – AECA Executive Director Manika scours the shelves at Dollar General and Harps, but she can’t find any toilet paper. Resigned and exhausted, she travels to nearby cities to round up enough supplies for her child-care program in Vilonia...

Why People Love to Work for You – Reason #5

In the January/February 1991 issue of Child Care Information Exchange, it’s editor, Roger Neugebauer, wrote and published the article “12 Reasons People Love to Work for You.”  In it, Neugebauer focuses on the practices of directors at childcare centers where teacher...

Call for Conference Proposals

#AECA2020 is moving forward and our conference will be held on Oct. 14-17 in North Little Rock. The theme is Teamwork Makes the Dream Work. We will focus on bringing our state together in unity to act in the best interest of children and families. The things that...

Keep Calm and Carry On

Guest Blogger: Sandra Withers As we face a worldwide pandemic and a new disease that we are still learning about, we may feel overwhelmed and uncertain. How do we keep the children safe? What if I get sick myself? What should I be doing? Did I forget something? At...

CALL TO ACTION

We have a CALL TO ACTION! We need your help! The Coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated how essential child care is for our families, communities, and economy. While the newly introduced HEROES Act will help, $7 billion for child care won’t meet the needs of...

Arkansas daycares struggle to stay open during COVID-19

By Megan Wilson LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — COVID-19 caused nearly half of all daycares in Arkansas to close. Owners of the ones that are still open fear they will also have to shut down. The Arkansas Early Childhood Association along with other organizations are...

Happy Provider Appreciation Day!

Over two decades ago, a group of volunteers in New Jersey decided to set aside a day to honor child care providers, teachers and other educators who dedicate their lives to caring for and educating young children. Since its inauguration in 1996, National Provider...

Conference News

We are excited to announce that the decision has been made to go ahead with our annual conference this year on October 14-17 – even if some social distancing restrictions may still be in place. We had a great time at our 2019 conference and hope that we can...

State’s child care centers struggle to stay afloat in shutdown

By Tony Holt, Doug Thompson, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Half of the state’s child care providers and all of its public schools remained closed Wednesday as government and private business seek to revive the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, state figures...

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