Education
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers
Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Access to Quality Seats
2019
Arkansas County12%
Ashley County0%
Baxter County13%
Benton County8%
Boone County1%
Bradley County19%
Calhoun County13%
Carroll County9%
Chicot County12%
Clark County0%
Clay County18%
Cleburne County6%
Cleveland County22%
Columbia County23%
Conway County12%
Craighead County5%
Crawford County7%
Crittenden County6%
Cross County4%
Dallas County61%
Desha County12%
Drew County16%
Faulkner County12%
Franklin County5%
Fulton County10%
Garland County16%
Grant County0%
Greene County4%
Hempstead County6%
Hot Spring County9%
Howard County0%
Independence County10%
Izard County18%
Jackson County12%
Jefferson County11%
Johnson County9%
Lafayette County0%
Lawrence County8%
Lee County0%
Lincoln County5%
Little River County0%
Logan County13%
Lonoke County7%
Madison County8%
Marion County0%
Miller County0%
Mississippi County28%
Monroe County17%
Montgomery County0%
Nevada County19%
Newton County23%
Ouachita County5%
Perry County0%
Phillips County2%
Pike County0%
Poinsett County12%
Polk County8%
Pope County9%
Prairie County0%
Pulaski County13%
Randolph County19%
Saline County8%
Scott County28%
Searcy County29%
Sebastian County7%
Sevier County2%
Sharp County13%
St. Francis County3%
Stone County12%
Union County20%
Van Buren County10%
Washington County6%
White County9%
Woodruff County44%
Yell County15%

Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Quality seats per child age 2 and under




Number of Quality Seats
2019
Arkansas County86
Ashley County0
Baxter County162
Benton County1,033
Boone County16
Bradley County77
Calhoun County17
Carroll County88
Chicot County41
Clark County0
Clay County95
Cleburne County37
Cleveland County48
Columbia County194
Conway County87
Craighead County247
Crawford County176
Crittenden County137
Cross County28
Dallas County135
Desha County54
Drew County110
Faulkner County573
Franklin County29
Fulton County38
Garland County520
Grant County0
Greene County72
Hempstead County56
Hot Spring County84
Howard County0
Independence County150
Izard County60
Jackson County70
Jefferson County262
Johnson County99
Lafayette County0
Lawrence County43
Lee County0
Lincoln County20
Little River County0
Logan County108
Lonoke County222
Madison County46
Marion County0
Miller County0
Mississippi County493
Monroe County42
Montgomery County0
Nevada County44
Newton County52
Ouachita County36
Perry County0
Phillips County14
Pike County0
Poinsett County110
Polk County58
Pope County217
Prairie County0
Pulaski County2,068
Randolph County117
Saline County335
Scott County96
Searcy County68
Sebastian County352
Sevier County12
Sharp County93
St. Francis County32
Stone County43
Union County340
Van Buren County48
Washington County605
White County246
Woodruff County78
Yell County108

Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



STATE TREND

Increasing


10%

2019
1% = 1,160
Children 3 to 24 Months

What does this measure?

The number of publicly funded, high-quality, licensed seats in child care settings for children ages 3 months to two years, expressed as a percentage of the number of children ages 0 to 2. High-quality is defined as a seat with a 3-star rating from Arkansas' Better Beginnings program, at a Head Start center, or funded by the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) program.

Why is this important?

Children placed in high-quality care settings are safer and more secure while their parents are at work. They also develop important social and academic skills and are more likely to be ready to start kindergarten. Despite its importance, high-quality child care is often expensive and out of reach for low-income families. Publicly funded programs help low-income families afford child care. The greater the share of children that receive high-quality early child care, whether in centers or at home, the stronger their chances for strong academic outcomes in the future.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2019, there were enough high-quality publicly funded seats to serve 10% of Arkansas' infants and toddlers, up slightly from 9% in 2018, with an increase of 389 quality seats. The availability of these seats varied widely by county. There were 13 counties that had no publicly funded quality seats for children in this age group (Ashley, Clark, Grant, Howard, Lafayette, Lee, Little River, Marion, Miller, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, and Prairie). At the other end of the spectrum, Dallas County and Woodruff counties had enough quality seats to serve 61% and 44% of children in this age group.

Notes about the data

The number of licensed seats reported is a point in time count. This represents the number of seats a facility is licensed for (based on its physical size), not the number of seats a facility offers (which may be a smaller number). The data reported is as of the spring of its given year.

Given that current population estimates are not available past 2017, the number of children (the denominator for this indicator) for more recent years is projected based on 1991-2017 population estimates by age provided by the Centers for Disease Control.




Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Access to Quality Seats
20182019
Arkansas9%10%

Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Quality seats per child age 2 and under




Number of Quality Seats
20182019
Arkansas10,63811,027

Source: Arkansas Department of Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention










INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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