Educator Spotlight

Anita Milligan
Good Morning Sunshine
Preschool teacher/helper/aide

How many years have you worked in early childhood?
I have worked with children for about 17 years.

What brought you to work with children?  
I was just looking for a part-time job and just lucked into Susan and her preschool. I had always been around children being from a big family with lots of nieces and nephews.

What are some of your hobbies?
I have lots of hobbies!  I love to sew, embroidery on an embroidery machine, bake, and decorate cakes and cookies. Enjoy time with my family and grandchildren.  

What is your most treasured accomplishment?
I have accomplished raising two children both with a good education and excellent jobs. Another thing that I have accomplished is having our first of many kids to graduate high school with honors and being mentioned in her valedictorian speech. That was an honor for her to remember me after 13 years of school. Also, the 2nd highest in that class was salutatorian and one was honorably mentioned.  

What is your favorite thing about your job?
The things I love most about working with children would be some of the most interesting things their little minds can imagine. One of the things that I think about and laugh about is one of the children tell her mom that Ms. Anita taught me that! Which was blowing her nose!  Haha!
Wellness Corner

Interested in moving from Better Beginnings Level 1 to Better Beginnings Level 2?

Below are the Better Beginnings requirements that the Better Together Collaborative Project supports!

2.B.4 - Participate annually in 20 clock hours of approved professional development.
  • With Better Together, up to 25 hours of PDR credit is up for grabs!

2.B.7 - Administrator and kitchen manager (if applicable) participate annually in at least 2 hours of training on nutrition for children.
  • Participants are offered 5 hours of Child Nutrition training!

2.C.1 - All classrooms have a minimum of 2 clearly defined interest centers.
  • Participants will learn ways to implement ideas into various centers in classrooms, with materials to go along with those ideas!

2.C.3 - Staff plan & implement daily developmentally appropriate physical activities for all children.
  • Infant & Child Physical Activity will kick off the learning sessions, and participants will dive into lots of ways to get those kiddos moving in developmentally appropriate ways!

2.E.2 - Facility shares with families information regarding stages of development for children.
  • Family Engagement opportunities are available throughout the program as an opportunity to connect with families and share education about child development in regards to health & wellness.

The Better Together program will work to improve practices and policies focused on nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding support, family-style dining, and reduced screen time in the early childhood setting.

By participating, your center will receive:
  • $500 Visa Card upon completion,
  • up to 25 hours of PDR credit,
  • free materials and resources with each learning session,
  • free & individualized technical assistance, and
  • family engagement opportunities!

If you’re interested, click HERE to fill out a form so we can contact you! Spots are limited, so don’t delay!

When: September 1 at 12:30 pm
Where: Facebook Live!

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!


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!

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Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE)

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

  • Join via phone: 301-715-8592   ID: 959 5436 3354
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Seasons of Change | Hope for Tomorrow
AECA 60th Annual Conference

AECA invites you and all early childhood colleagues to join them in North Little Rock for this exciting event!  

When: October 21-23
Where: Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, North Little Rock

Head over to their website to register and if you're not a member, take a to join and connect with others in early education!

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