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Make It Rain

Science activities are a fun way to learn while you both have fun. What does make it rain? Stir up some science with these easy activities.

Mother Nature

Introduce your child to the miracle of nature. Play in the dirt. Look at bugs or birds. There’s a world of wonder out there. Get our tips to go out and explore!

Science Surprise

The laws of nature can be discovered in water play. Curiosity and problem-solving skills develop. And, you can all get wet! Click here to get inspired.

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.