JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The Head Start program is accepting applications for free child care services at their centers around Region 8. An administrator with Arkansas Early Learning said they are still trying to reach full enrollment in the 6 counties they serve.
Nearly 1 in 3 Arkansas kids live in poverty according to an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore. Six percent of Arkansas children lacked health insurance in 2012, down from 9 percent in 2008, according to the report.
According to Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, several Region 8 counties have a high percentage of children in poverty.
Head Start is one of many programs that provides free services to low-income parents.
"We start school on August 25th but they can come down and register at any time," Conner said.
Parents must have a proof of birth, income and residency to enroll their child in Head Start. Conner said they will continue registering kids throughout the school year so if a position opens up another child can move into that position. You can click here for more information.