previous next
Sign up for the Family Buzz Newsletter for tips on handling your child’s stress and how to talk about COVID-19. Our Family Resource Library offers hands-on indoor and outdoor activities that help your child learn through play. Read our latest social media.

Tongue Twister

It’s ok to use big words around your toddler. Little people learn from listening to big people. Click here for more ways to help your child’s brain develop.


Introduce your child to new words with good conversation. Play, sing and dance. Talk about what you are doing. Click here for more fun ways to learn.

Baby Talk

Baby’s vocabulary is limited, but she’s learning with every spoken word, hug and tickle. Click here for tips to boost your baby’s language development.

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.