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Play is for Learning |

Play is a child’s work. But you don’t have to work hard. Discover how children learn and get fun activities that help your child’s development progress.

Rainstorm in a Jar | Better Beginnings Early Childhood |

Experiment up a storm with three simple ingredients. Have fun with your child and share the science of how rain clouds work in nature.

Nature Lover: Inspire Through Science |

Fall is a great time for sensory exploration in nature and at home. Get free taste-safe recipes babies and toddlers can dig into.
Have an interactive experience that shows you how children learn from play.
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.

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.