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2014 Arkansas Children's Week
An annual event to highlight the needs of children in Arkansas. This program offers assistance in developing and promoting child-friendly activities for large or small audiences. Click the above image to learn how you can get involved.
Make the most of playtime by taking it outdoors.
When your children are playing outdoors, they’re not just having fun, they’re developing motor and social skills. Playing tag in the front yard or taking a walk gives lots of opportunity for learning. Take your baby out, too! Infants benefit from being outdoors by learning about the world through their senses.
Make screen time quality family time.
When it comes to screen time, find options that allow your child to use problem solving skills, critical thinking, and creativity. You are your child’s first teacher. Getting involved in screen time will give you the chance to learn together.
Your child care choice makes a lifetime impact.
Research has shown that a child’s early care and education play a critical role in a child’s brain development. During the first years of life, a child develops socially, emotionally, physically and academically. Good child care provides the foundation for skills needed for a lifetime. Watch “Why Early Childhood Matters” online.
Singing gets you and your child moving!
Singing together is learning together. Songs help your child connect words with their meanings. Plus many songs incorporate dancing and instructions that will get you and your child moving. Think “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands” or “The Hokey Pokey.”
Choose good toys!
Toy buying season is here and kids will be bombarded with messages to buy this year’s fad toy. Toys are expensive so make sure your toys are high quality and safe. We have posted some guidelines on our website about toy choices, toys for different age groups and links to articles with more information to help you make good toy choices that are fun to play with and help stimulate development in your child.

Welcome to Better Beginnings

Welcome to Better Beginnings

High quality child care and early childhood education sets 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.