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Senator Johnny Key Appoints Economics Teacher to Early Childhood Commission

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LITTLE ROCK - Senator Johnny Key of Mountain Home, chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, has appointed Marsha Masters of Roland to the Early Childhood Commission.
She is Program Coordinator for Economics Arkansas, a private non-profit organization founded in 1962 to promote economic literacy. She has 20 years' experience in teaching, a master's degree in education and expertise in integrating economic education into every subject, thanks to her being a Master Economics Teacher.
Masters coordinates the Bessie B. Moore Arkansas Awards Program and the Polly M. Jackson Master Economics Teacher program. She leads workshops and in-services statewide.
The purposes of the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission are:
a. To advise the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education on the administration of the Arkansas Child Care Facilities Loan Guarantee Trust Fund;
b. To provide technical assistance in design of training programs to improve the skills of professionals in early childhood programs, including the development of an annual comprehensive training plan for providers;
c. Examine the recommendations of national and regional groups and systems producing scientifically proven and cost effective results used by others to provide child care and early childhood services;
d. To assist in the development of a comprehensive long range plan for expansion, development and implementation of early childhood programs in Arkansas including recommending allocation and expenditures of funds appropriated to the Arkansas Better Chance Program;
e. To facilitate coordination and communication among state agencies providing early childhood programs to prevent duplication and promote coordination of services in such programs and recommend a structure for the administration of the current existing programs and the recommended programs;
f. To advise the Department of Education and other appropriate state agencies in the development of programmatic standards for early childhood programs to be funded with funds appropriated to the General Education Division or to such other state agencies as may receive appropriations for such purposes;

g. To promote strong local community support for early childhood education program;
h. To promote public awareness of child care and early childhood programs;
i. To review and approve proposed rules and regulations setting minimum standards governing the granting, revocation, refusal and suspension of licenses for a child care facility and the operation of child care facilities in the state;
j. To review and select panel members for the Child Care Appeal Review Panel from applications submitted ensuring persons meet the qualifications for service and exhibit a willingness and time commitment to serve on the Panel; and
k. To serve as an advisory body to the Department of Education on early childhood program issues.


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