All About 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.

Better Beginnings emphasizes the value of quality child care while                                                                          providing parents with resources to identify and locate quality child                                                                          care providers in their communities. Better Beginnings also gives                                                                            Arkansas child care providers valuable tools for improving the quality                                                                      of their programs at every level.

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