Children's Research

Children’s Research

Children’s Research (CR) was created in 1993 as a part of the Arkansas Kids Count Program. Children’s Research is a major source of information on the well-being of Arkansas’ children and their families. Indicators in the CR database include demographics for each county, the safety and security of children, health, education, and economics.

Children’s Research collects, coordinates, and disseminates information from the Census State Data Center and state government sources, including:

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Education
Arkansas Department of Health
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

Additionally, CR engages in and facilitates research on issues affecting children and families, performs contract database management work for various clients, and publishes reports. The information and services available from CR are extremely useful for research, grant applications, economic and community development, planning, and policy development.

Getting Ready for School

Getting Ready for School, Arkansas Map Data 2016 was developed by UALR’s Children’s Research in cooperation with the Arkansas School Readiness Team and the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. The continuing series for the state of Arkansas and the 75 counties is a comprehensive examination in tabular and graphic format under the broad categories of Children, Families, Schools, and Communities.

Arkansas is one of 17 states to participate in The School Readiness Indicators Initiative to develop a comprehensive set of school readiness indicators to inform public policy for young children and their families. This initiative is sponsored by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Getting Ready for School, Arkansas Map Data 2016 presents a series of indicators that influence a child’s ability to succeed in school. It is a compilation of data in map format designed to provide reliable measures with which to guide state’s families, legislative leaders, educators, and communities in creating the best path to ensure our children are ready to learn.

Related Links

The following links are provided for your information. These sites are not part of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and are the sole responsibility of their respective creators.


If you are unable to find the information you need, please contact the Arkansas Census State Data Center for immediate assistance during regular business hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.

Pam Willrodt, Ph.D. (501) 569-8221 or
Alison Wiley (501) 569-8574