Independence County prioritizes children, families, and growth at all stages. Though relatively small, the Arkansan communities which collectively make up the county demonstrate a unique commitment to education with continuing initiatives to offer a wide array of learning opportunities for a diverse and growing populace. The past few years have brought extensive developments as schools and colleges combined efforts to better serve the area. Collaboration with ForwARd Arkansas delivered further insight for advancement. Targeted initiatives include a focus on early childhood services, technology, and after school programming as well as expanded offerings in secondary education, college partnerships, and courses in continued learning for adults. With two institutions of higher learning and four public school districts, this is no small achievement for Batesville and the surrounding region. Residents will experience the benefits of the unified work and strategic planning of area educators far into the future.