Mission Statement

The mission of the Early Childhood Division, in collaboration with parents, child care service providers, and the community, is to provide high-quality services, which promotes the development of the whole child by active engagement in learning (developmentally appropriate), independent functioning and mastery of the child's environment.

Vision Statement

The Early Childhood Division envisions learners ages 3 to 5 who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and demonstrate academic readiness for future school success.

Unit Goal

The goal of the Early Childhood Division is to facilitate a system approach through a seamless delivery of services by monitoring the process from screening to the IEP design and implementation.

Early Childhood Services

The Arkansas River Education Services Cooperative Early Childhood Division provides services for children ages 3 to 5 with identified disabilities.  The Early Childhood Special Education services are offered in accordance with individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on behalf of the local school districts. Services include screenings, evaluations, preschool instruction, speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. These services are provided at no cost to the family. 


A child may be eligible for special education services if they are experiencing difficulties in the areas of Language/Speech, Hearing, Motor, Self-Help, Cognitive and Social Skills.

Early Indicator

The earlier you recognize your child's special needs and seek help, the better the possibilities are for your child to improve and be prepared for future school success.

Contact Us

Administrative Staff

Wendy James - E. C. Coordinator - jamesw@aresc.k12.ar.us

Susan Brigham, Medicaid/Budget Clerk - bayirds@aresc.k12.ar.us 

Marcie Jacobs, Records & Accountability Data Specialist - jacobsm@aresc.k12.ar.us 

Contact Us

Phone:  870-534-0135

Additional Resources

Urgent Message to All Parents

Watching your child grow and develop is one of the joys of parenthood. Sometimes you may notice your child can't do the same things that other children his or her age can do.

Don't Panic - There's Help

For more information contact your local school district.

Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative

Wendy James, Early Childhood Coordinator

912 West Sixth Avenue, Pine Bluff, AR, 71601



Stuttgart School District

Ann Johnson, Director of Special Services

2501 S. Main, Stuttgart, AR, 72160



Arkansas School for the Deaf

Stacy Kratky, Special Education Supervisor

2400 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR, 72205



Watson Chapel School District

Suzette Anderson, Special Education Director

4100 Camden Rd., Pine Bluff, AR, 71603



Pine Bluff School District

Barbara Boyce, Director of Special Services

4900 Dollarway Rd, Pine Bluff, AR, 71602



White Hall School District

Margie Parker, Special Education Director

1020 W. Holland Ave, White Hall, AR, 71602



Sheridan School District

Dr. Laura Daniel, Director of Special Services

510 West Church St., Sheridan, AR, 72150