Annual award honors professionals with significant contributions to state’s early childhood field
The Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) announced Julie Barber as the Arkansas Outstanding Early Childhood Professional of the Year (pictured to right). As the recipient of this year’s award, Barber will serve as an Early Childhood Ambassador for the year. Her duties will include serving on DCCECE committees and representing early childhood educators in the media.
Barber is an early childhood special education teacher at Helping Hand Learning Center in North Little Rock and an International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Educations Standards’ Certified Autism Specialist. Outside of the classroom, Barber is active in several organizations, including: Arkansas Early Childhood Association, Southern Early Childhood Association, Autism Speaks, Special Olympics Young Athletes, Alpha Sigma Alpha and March of Dimes.
“Julie Barber embodies the purpose of the Arkansas Outstanding Early Childhood Professional of the Year award,” said Paige Cox, program and professional development administrator, DCCECE. “The award honors individuals who provide high quality education and care to our state’s youngest children and their families.”
Barber earned a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of Arkansas-Monticello, and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Special Education from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. She is a Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism based on Research (STAR) coach for Helping Hand Learning Center, and a certified trainer for Arkansas’s Professional Development Registry.
To learn more about Arkansas Better Beginnings and DCCECE’s work to provide quality early learning and care to Arkansas children, visit ARBetterBeginnings.com.