Shundra Shun
Service Coordinator
The Allen School

How many years have you worked with children? I have been in the field of education for 20 years.  

What brought you to work with children? Have you always wanted to or did it just happen? Teaching children and being in the field of education was not my goal in the beginning, I wanted to be a nurse. I started working at a school just for a job I loved! So after about a year, I decided to start my journey as a teacher.

What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy relaxing with my family and just being creative.

What is your most treasured accomplishment? I was able to train new teachers coming out of college, which was very rewarding.

What is your favorite thing about working with children?  When I was a teacher the most rewarding thing about teaching was seeing the smiles on children’s faces when they understood the lessons.    

What has been the most significant or memorable moment in your job?
So many, too many to count.

Do you have any dreams or aspirations you want to share
? I have always wanted to write a children’s book, and in the year 2021, I was able to make that dream come true. I plan to write many more books in the future. Also, I hope to one day have my books purchased around the world.

Check out Ms. Shun's book on Amazon!
Tree, Tree, What Can You Be?

If you are an educator and want to share your story, contact Deborah at!
Wellness Corner

Yoga Awareness
September is Yoga Awareness Month! Yoga is an activity that includes breathing techniques, yoga poses, and mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your attention on the present moment. In yoga, participants often use breathing and yoga poses to help the mind calm. Yoga has the ability to help kids and adults be more active, flexible, and mindful for an increase in overall well-being! Yoga also has many benefits for both the mind and body.

Benefits of yoga include:
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy, and vitality
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism
  • Cardio and circulatory health

We have yoga flows for children and adults on our Youtube page, so be sure and check those out! Curricula Concepts also offers trainings that include yoga for early childhood educators - Move It! Yoga in the Classroom and Trauma-Informed Yoga. 

If you're interested in learning more about these trainings, contact us at, through our website, or visit our Facebook page and message us there!

Choose Happiness at the 25th Annual Fall Child Care Conference

Child Care Aware of Northcentral Arkansas presents the 25th Annual Fall Child Care Conference, CHOOSE HAPPINESS. They are celebrating 25 years of hosting this amazing conference for early childhood providers in Arkansas. The keynote speaker is Karen Walker who is the Education and Instruction Coordinator for Arkansas PBS.  

You don’t want to miss it!  We'll be there too! So stop by our booth and say hi and join us in our Move It! Gross Motor Play session.

WHEN:                 Saturday, September 24th
WHERE:               UACCB, Batesville AR
TIME:                    8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

It's not too late to register!

Registration has been extended to Monday, September 19th! So don't wait!

For registration information or questions, please contact Amy Pinkston at
(870) 793-5233 or email at  
Come BeYOUtiful with us at the 60th Annual AECA Conference!

We are so excited to attend the AECA Conference for the first time in two years and we can't wait to see you there!

Our team is presenting several amazing sessions including:
  • Building Your Bounce
  • Move It: Gross Motor Play
  • Equity and Inclusion in Early Childcare
  • Rest, Refuel, Recharge with Be Well Care Well Arkansas
  • Excel by Eight Foundation: Embracing a Cross-sector Approach to Supporting Families with Infants and Toddlers

We are also premiering our brand new Emotion Cafe: Redefining Grief
at the conference!

Redefining Grief is the first part in a three-part series. The goal is to better understand how grief impacts the families early childhood educators serve. Participants will be able to help educate and empower families and help build resilience in children and families during times of grief.


When: October 5th at 12:30 pm
Where: Facebook Live!
Topic: Women's and Men's Health

Join us for Well-Being Wednesday next month hosted by Susanna Creed!  For more details and the event itself, be sure to like and follow our Facebook page!

Need training for an in-service?  Do your staff need professional development hours?  Curricula Concepts can provide that!  Our trainings are all registered through PDR and are offered both in person and virtually!  

If you're interested in scheduling a training, contact us at, through our website, or message us on Facebook!

Curricula Concepts Inc. is offering trainings online via Zoom for families and educators.  

Go to our TRAINING CALENDAR to sign up!   
Pre-registration is required.  If the participant must cancel for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible. Spots are limited and there may be a waiting list.

Training is provided at no cost to the participants and PDR credit is available.
Information to consider:
  • Credit for the training cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals or for participants who leave early.
  • This is an online training and the expectation is that participants will have the capability to interact and participate using video as well as audio.

Have questions or problems with registering for trainings?
Please contact Deborah at!

Highlights from the DCCECE Provider Call
September 6, 2022
If you missed the Provider Call on September 6, here are a few of the highlights that were covered:
Empowerment Minimum Licensing Intent Training:
    • Thursday, September 15, 2022 (6:30pm-8:30pm)
    • Programs should contact their licensing specialist to pre-register and receive the Zoom link
    • PDR Training Credit provided

Monthly Background Check Training:

ARPA Grants:  
  • Contact: Paige Cox,
  • Operational, Quality, Expansion, and Supply Building grants are closed
  • Supply building grants will be reviewed on September 14, 2022
  • 424M dollars has been distributed to child care providers in Arkansas, in addition to the annual 80M in Child Care Development Block Grant Funds
  • The last grant payment was released on August 15, 2022. Allow two weeks to complete the payment process.
  • ARPA Expansion and Supply Building (As of 8/29/22)
    • Infants- 1,788
    • Toddlers- 2,146
    • School-Age- 3,001
    • Homes- 80
    • Total Children- 7,015
  • Sustainability Grant: Open/available until funding is exhausted
    • To help sustain facility operations and continue quality improvement enhancements
    • Providers must have been in operation on or before March 11, 2021, to qualify
    • Based on capacity in the application system
    • Bonuses will be awarded to providers who are participating in Better Beginnings levels 2 & 3
    • A bonus will be awarded to Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) voucher participants
    • Applications to apply for Better Beginnings (level 2 or 3) or to be a CCDF voucher participant were due by June 17, 2022, to be eligible for these bonuses.
    • If a program is participating in Better Beginnings or the program has at least applied to be level 2 (even if the program has not heard from DCCECE about the level 2 application) the program will receive the Sustainability Grant bonus for participating in Better Beginnings.

Marie Holder (Women's Commission Subcommittee):
  • Analyzing the child care economy in Arkansas. The subcommittee is asking providers to provide barriers and opportunities in childcare businesses.
  • Marie Holder- email

New Enterprise Licensing System (ELS):

    • Contact: Becky Mitchell,
    • Providers should log in to create an account in the new ELS
    • Less than 200 providers have not logged in to the new enterprise system.
    • Allison Nash provided a tutorial of the system. View the recorded provider call to watch the tutorial.

The next DCCECE Provider Call is on October 4, 2022.

If you'd like to learn more, you can watch the meeting on the DCCECE DHS Youtube Channel.

Disclaimer: Curricula Concepts does not work for the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education or the Department of Human Services. We are simply providing a summary overview of what was covered in this month's Provider Call.

To provide you with information about the COVID-19 public health crisis and to answer child care questions, join the informational Zoom meetings occurring on the first Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm.

  • Join via phone: 301-715-8592   ID: 959 5436 3354
  • Join by computer: Click Here    ID: 959 5436 3354

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
Dorothy Parker


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