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Arkansas Outstanding Early Childhood Professional of the Year
2018 award recipient, Julie 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. (Above) Special education preschool teacher, Julie Barber and Paige Cox, program and professional development administrator, DCCECE.
Build Writing Skills
How what begins as scribbles becomes a child’s expression of his thoughts and creativity. Plus, discover four activities to build the needed fine motor skills to write.
Make Literacy Your Legacy
Your grandchild may forget the stories but not the experience. Learn how you can make the memories grand!

Welcome to Better Beginnings

Welcome to Better Beginnings

High quality child care and early childhood education set the stage for how well our children learn, how they think of themselves and how they interact with their world. We as parents, child care providers, educators and citizens have a responsibility to make sure all of our children have the very best experiences they can. Better Beginnings, Arkansas’s Quality Rating Improvement System, has been developed to do just that!
 
Better Beginnings, a program of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, connects Arkansas families with information and care that helps their children experience a safe, happy, healthy childhood. Better Beginnings is designed to improve the level of quality in childcare and early childhood education programs across the state. Better Beginnings distinguishes the quality of each Arkansas child care facility by a 1, 2 and 3-star rating system.