Arkansas Early Learning

Working with our communities to serve the needs of children and families throughout Arkansas.

Our Mission

Building a stronger community by empowering children and families with skills essential to their success.

About AEL Enrollment

Head Start and Early Head Start

Two Program Options

See Our Locations

AEL has facilities located in 10 counties throughout Arkansas.


Early Head Start Services to Pregnant Moms

Available in Craighead, Cross, Garland, Jackson, Poinsett, and Pulaski Counties

Apply for Enrollment

Give your 0-5 year old a head start by enrolling them in our school readiness program.


Early Head Start Services to Infants and Toddlers (0-2 years old)

Available in Benton, Craighead, Cross, Crittenden, Garland, Jackson, Poinsett, Pulaski, and Saline Counties

Refer a Family

Know someone who could use our services? Refer them to AEL and we will contact them.


Head Start Pre-K Services (3-4 years old)

Available in Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Jackson, and Poinsett Counties

How Can I Help?

AEL has a wide variety of impactful opportunties for you to "pay it forward".

Measured, Personalized Learning Experiences Using Modern Methods

Curriculum based technology in every classroom

Quality Education

Arkansas Early Learning Centers are high quality, licensed facilities. We have locations available throughout Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Garland, Greene, Jackson, Poinsett, & Pulaski Counties.

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Comprehensive Services

Our program promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

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Parent Partnerships

Our success is based upon compassionate partnerships between staff and parents. We work with families to remove barriers to their success and to deepen their ability to support their children.

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Success StoriesDirect Quotes From AEL Parents

  • Parent Quote

    "What I like best about the program is the staff, they are all very involved and seem to truly care about the children in the program." Read More
  • Parent Quote

    "My daughter absolutely loves coming to school here! She brags to everyone about her school and her teachers." Read More
  • Parent Quote

    "I love how the teachers encourage parents to come and visit the center & to be involved with the program. They are very encouraging & very positive!" Read More
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  • Our success means today's AEL graduates will be tomorrow's high school and college graduates. It also means that their families find support and education in our program. Read More
  • Arkansas Early Learning is not just a preschool, but so much more. Our preschool curriculum adheres to both State and Federal frameworks. We provide children the right foundation to build on for years to come. Read More
  • At Arkansas Early Learning, we not only cultivate abilities, but spark interest and passion in learning.That way when children start elementary school they aren’t one step behind, they are prepared, ready and starting on the right path. Read More
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  • Memberships
  • Environment
  • AEL Bucks
  • Lending Library


AEL is a member of the following Associations:

National Head Start Association

Arkansas Head Start Association


AEL is a member of the following Chambers of Commerce: Jonesboro Regional, West Memphis, Paragould Regional, Marked Tree, Newport, Harrisburg, Hot Springs, & Cross County

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AEL cares about our childrens' education and environmental futures.

Through internal conservation efforts we have saved thousand of trees and lowered our carbon footprint.


AEL has purchased an electric car, implemented paperless systems, and increased energy efficiency at facilities.

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Parent Involvement

Parent involvement in a child's education is crucial.

When parents get involved in their children's education, children are more likely to do better in school, have less negative behavior, have more positive attitudes toward school, and grow up to be more successful in life.

AEL Bucks

AEL Bucks are given to parents as rewards and incentives for participation.

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Reading Matters

Children who are read to at home have a higher success rate in school and develop stronger reading skills.

They also enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not.

Lending Library

Thanks to the generous support from the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation in 2014, AEL now has a lending library in each Head Start Center.

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Did You Know?

  • Gainful Employment +

    In economically trying times, more parents are searching for affordable childcare services. By providing our services free we help over 1000 Arkansas families each year obtain or maintain gainful employment.
  • Right Foundation +

    Head Start provides children the right foundation to build on for years to come. In Head Start, we try not only to cultivate abilities, but to spark interest and passion in learning. That way when children start elementary school they aren’t one step behind, they are prepared, ready and starting on the right path.
  • Quality Learning +

    AEL Head Start and Early Head Start curriculum adheres to both State and Federal frameworks. We have quality child development centers in 8 counties in Arkansas: Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Garland, Green, Jackson, Poinsett, and Pulaski.
  • Non-Profit +

    Arkansas Early Learning, Inc. is a non-profit organization as classified under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Charitable contributions could be tax deductible (see 26 U.S.C. § 170).
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