- REL Southwest Alliance Members Come Together for Final Meetings and Celebrations (11/28/17)
- REL Southwest's EL and PreK Work Showcased at National Principals Conference (08/18/17)
- REL Southwest Cohosts Bridge Event on Unlocking Key Challenges Facing Arkansas' Schools (05/30/17)
- Report/Resource Toolkit: Alignment of the Arkansas Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS) to Other Measures of PreK Teacher Performance
- Webinar: Leading the Way: How States Are Addressing Early Learning Under ESSA (2017)
- Conference videos: Unlocking Key Challenges Facing Arkansas' Schools (2016)
- Webinar: Preschool to Kindergarten: Successfully Navigating the Transition (2016)
- Workshop: Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: Hands-On Experience (2015)
- Webinar: Teaching Math to Young Children Practice Guide: An Introduction (2015)
- Data Inventory: Arkansas PreK (2015)
- Webinar: Engaging Families in the Assessment Process and Use of Data: An Early Childhood Example (2014)
- Webinar: Building Early Childhood Data Systems (2014)
Arkansas Prekindergarten Research Alliance
This alliance brings together early childhood educators, policymakers, researchers, and others to examine and improve the state's prekindergarten programs.
Research findings consistently show the positive effects of high-quality early childhood education on children’s development and later academic success.1 The Arkansas Prekindergarten Research Alliance is examining factors related to improving the quality and effectiveness of the state’s preK programs and their impact on children’s school readiness and grade 3 success.
Alliance work includes refining the research agenda and supporting the use of data to inform and improve policy and practice. In addition, the alliance builds the knowledge base and capacity of Arkansas preK educators and policymakers to understand and apply data and research evidence.
- Inform the state-level creation and maintenance of a comprehensive preK–12 data system
- Extend the evidence base on the impact of the state's preK initiatives on student outcomes
- Refine and develop innovations to support the alignment and measurement of standards and benchmarks for early childhood programs
About the Alliance
1. Boethel et al., 2004; Burchinal, Howes, Pianta, Bryant, Early, Clifford, Barbarin, 2008; Burchinal, Vandergrift, Pianta, & Mashburn, 2010; Reynolds, Temple, Ou, Arteaga, & White, 2011; Winsler, Tran, Hartman, Madigan, Manfra, & Bleiker, 2008.