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For the health and safety of your children, always choose a licensed child care provider. Click here box to find out if a child care provider is licensed.

Silly Math Talk

Whatever game you’re playing, count out loud. What is learned in play get remembered. See Math Talk for tips to bring math awareness to your child.

Curiosity to Learning

Talk about over and under, red, blue and yellow. Same and different are math concepts. See our resource Sorting Sacks and Similar Stuff for fun learning tips.

Count Out Loud

Count your kisses, ducks and cookies. Count it all out loud. The more you use math words, the sooner your child will grasp math concepts. Learn how to talk math here.
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.