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Little Teacher

A simple toy like clay can lead to math skills. Let her show you how it’s done. Click to see Make it Math for free hands-on math learning fun.

Dino Math

Children learn best through play. Sneak a little math into your play with make and do activities you’ll both enjoy. Click to get more free ideas here.

Too Much Fun

Play is a child’s work. Let your child direct her own play and watch for signs that she has had enough fun for the moment. Click to learn more.

Happy Anniversary

Better Beginnings is 10 years old this month! Click here to see the progress we've made in quality child care and early childhood education in Arkansas.
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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.