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Babies Love Books
Use our free online resources to advance your child’s literacy with topics on raising a reader from year one to preschool age, boosting language and brain development and book lists.
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Better Beginnings provides tools for teachers and families. Visit our Family Resource Library or Biblioteca de recursos en español for information on child development, tips on topics such as feeding your picky eater or fun activities to spark your child’s interest in math, science and reading.
DIY Science
Stir up a little math and science at your house with this no-cook, easy-to-make playdough recipe. Measure, mix, squish – let the experiments begin!
How to find childcare
Choosing the right child care program is very important and a critical part of your child’s early learning development. Click here to find quality child care near you that best suits your child!

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.