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What Does Quality Child Care Look Like? |

What is quality child care? Quality child care means learning from birth. Children are born learning. Watch our two minute video to get the whole story.

Awake is Learning: Tummy Time |

Awake is learning. Back to sleep and tummy to play keeps your baby safe and makes him strong. See Preparing My Child for Life to find health, safety and development resources for children from birth to five.

DIY Science: Simple and Fun |

Get fun activities that spark your child’s desire to know how science works in the world.

Dig In to Science |

Introduce your child to science with fun, low- to no-cost activities. Choose from 11 free resource downloads.

Choose the Right Toys |

Simple toys are ideal for babies. Find out what make the toy right for your child. Get tips for age appropriate toys for all ages.

Talk Math: What Time is Dinner? |

Simple activities like shopping help math concepts develop. See Make It Math for tips to change an ordinary toy into fun math learning.

Cooking Takes Math Skills |

Practice math while you make memories. Count out loud while you measure, add eggs and fill tins. Get more ideas to ease into math with this resource.
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.