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Make stories last

Tell stories like you were there! Make all the sounds and faces. Act it out. See our resource to get big ideas for making stories into a real experience.

Boost Baby’s Language

This is the night he started repeating words. Bedtime stories build your child’s vocabulary while you make sweet memories. See how stories and good conversation lead early communication skills.

Make Books More Fun

Make books more fun with a bit of acting. Funny voices and gestures help your child remember new words and the story. Get activities for making learning a fun experience!

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.