Information about current Fostering program in Arkansas.
It is estimated that the average family will spend more than $600 per child on back-to-school shopping this year. This time of year can bring a financial burden to many families across Arkansas. That is why we want to remind you about the upcoming Arkansas Sales Tax holiday. This year, the event will begin at [...]
I've been discussing with DCFS ways to improve adoption and foster care in Arkansas. Please look over this information of what is available now.
This week we want to remind Arkansans who receive Medicaid coverage to make sure their contact information is up to date. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government temporarily stopped some Medicaid requirements and conditions. This was done to help keep people with Medicaid from losing their health coverage during the pandemic. However, Arkansas will [...]
This week, we received the Fiscal Year 2022 Revenue Summary. It shows we ended the last fiscal year with the largest surplus in state history. It is likely we will convene for a special session in August to address additional tax relief. Fiscal Year 2022 ended on June 30. Net Available General Revenue collections totaled [...]
Research has shown that 90 percent of a person’s brain develops in the first five years of life. That is why a child’s experiences and relationships during that time are critically important. Reading not only engages children and boosts brain development, but it also helps children and parents and children bond. This year the Department [...]
If you are someone you know is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, you may be interested in a new program launched this week. The Arkansas Legislative Council recently approved the creation and funding for the Dementia Respite Care Pilot Program. This program provides $500 respite grants to enable caregivers to [...]
With more than 800,000 visitors a year, the Buffalo National River is one of the leading tourist destinations in Arkansas. This year, the Buffalo National River celebrates its 50th anniversary as a unit of the National Park Service. Former Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt and former Senators J. William Fulbright and John L. McClellan introduced the [...]
This week, officials from the Arkansas Center for School Safety (ACSS) provided members of the House and Senate Education Committees with an update on school safety measures taken in recent years. In 2018, the Governor created the Safe Schools Commission to assess the state of school security in Arkansas. That commission gave the General Assembly [...]