Staff Spotlight

Pam Furman
Well-Being Coach

Please give a warm welcome to Pam.
We are so glad to have her on our team!

Who inspires you professionally or personally? And why?
My family and my friend Melinda inspire me personally.  They aren’t afraid to tell me the hard things to improve myself. They support my dreams and my passion for things.  

What are some of your hobbies?
Reading, crafting, family time/nana time, estate sales, walking trails.

What is your most treasured accomplishment?
Being married to my high school sweetheart for 32 years, seeing my grown children be amazing adults and parents.  Not giving up on my dream to coach others and help them be the best version of themselves.

What do you do to treat yourself?
Something I am learning to do more of.  Getting a massage, a new piece of clothing.  

What is one thing you cannot do without?
My essential oils.

If you are an educator and want to share your story, contact Deborah at!
Curricula Concepts, Inc. is looking for caring, goal-oriented individuals to join our team who are not only passionate about health and wellness, but live it themselves. This is a field-based position that will deliver well-being services to work sites in central/southwest Arkansas. The coach will help staff identify their own well-being goals and collaboratively develop wellness activities to help them achieve those goals. Each work site is enrolled in the program for 1 full year. During this time, Coaches provide individual and group coaching, schedule meetings, deliver incentives & goodies, as well as lead in-person and virtual trainings on topics such as adult resiliency, self-care, and more. Coaches also serve as connectors between work sites and local resources in their community, so it's essential for them to be able to build effective relationships with diverse populations. Coaches need to be flexible, adaptable, and creative as they take an individualized approach to supporting each work site they serve.

If you or someone you know is interested, send an email to and include a resume and a one minute video describing how this position is a good fit for you.
Accepting inquiries until Thursday, April 21st.

AR-Connect is a comprehensive behavioral health treatment program created to provide care to all Arkansans dealing with a variety of mental health issues.

Arkansans struggling with mental illness but unable to find a suitable provider and resources in their community no longer have to go lacking for professional care. AR-Connect provides assistance via telephone and tele-video virtual visits that can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No referral is necessary; anyone needing help will find it only a phone call away. Health insurance is not required to access AR-Connect’s mental-health professionals and patients will not be responsible for any payments outside of what is covered by their insurance plan.

Wellness Corner
Spring is upon us and it is time to find every opportunity to get outside! Gardening is a perfect way to encourage physical activity and provide rich experiences for the children and families you serve.  We want to share some resources that will help you get on your way to having a thriving garden.

Gardening Resources

10 Minutes Matter!

Reading aloud to young children is one of the easiest and best ways to help them be ready for the social, emotional, and academic aspects of kindergarten. That’s why the Department of Human Services (DHS) is launching the “10 Minutes Matter” reading campaign.

Reading to children at least 10 minutes a day can make a difference, and it’s never too early to start. Language-rich moments help children develop their communication skills, recognize sounds and letters, and will increase their vocabulary.

Learn more about the "10 Minutes Matter" campaign!


When: May 4th at 12:30 pm
Where: Facebook Live!
Topic: Mental 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!

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!

Zoom Call with the
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
  • Join by computer: Click Here    ID: 959 5436 3354

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."
— Victor Borge


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