For the Provider

The below links are potential resources for professionals in the field of early child care and education. The use or mention of any of these sponsoring sites or publications does not imply an endorsement by Early Care and Education Projects or the University of Arkansas.


Better Beginnings is the statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) which is managed by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. It operates by connecting Arkansas families with information and guidance that helps their children experience a safe, happy, healthy childhood.

Better Beginnings improves the level of quality in child care and early childhood education for all licensed center-based programs and licensed/registered family child care programs across the state. It functions as a voluntary three-tier system that evaluates programs along five component areas: 1) Administration, 2) Administrator and Staff Qualifications and Professional Development, 3) Learning Environment 4) Environmental Assessment, and 5) Child Health and Development.

The requirements of Better Beginnings are aligned with Arkansas' early learning standards and workforce core competencies for professionals.

Arkansas Approved Early Childhood Curriculum List

Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months (Arkansas CDELS)
(English)  (Spanish)

Arkansas CDELS poster

Arkansas Workforce Knowledge and Competencies (WKC) for Early Care and Education Professionals

Adventures for Toddlers a comprehensive curriculum for children aged 18 to 36 months

Adventures in Learning a comprehensive curriculum for children aged 3 to 5 years old

Association of Measurements: Early Childhood (AOM)

Books and Movement: A Magical Mix (BAMMM!)

Connecting Literature and Math (CLAM) supports teachers by providing math to children aged 3 to 5

Connecting with Infants a curriculum for children birth to 18 months

Creative Adventures with Literature literature and art supplement for teachers of children ages 3 to 5

Developmental Rating Scale: Birth through 36 Months (DRS)
(printable)  (interactive)

Developmental Rating Scale: 19 through 60 Months (DRS)
(printable)  (interactive)

Getting Ready For Kindergarten: A Calendar of Family Activities
(English)  (Spanish)

Infant and Toddler Family Connection activities that connect infants and toddlers to their child care setting and their families

Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklist for Parents (KRIC)
(English)  (Eng. interactive)  (Spanish)  (Sp. interactive)

Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklist for Teachers (KRIC)
(English)  (Eng. interactive)  (Spanish)  (Sp. interactive)

LINK for Parents

LINK for Teachers

Picture This: A Framework for Quality Care and Education for Children from Three to Five

Picture This: A Framework for Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers

Story-a-Month

Strategies and Activities: Infant Toddler

Strategies and Activities: Preschool

The Family Connection activities that connect children ages 3 to 5 to their classroom and their families

"TOP 10" Basics for Health and Safety in Child Care Centers

"TOP 10" Basics for Health and Safety in Child Care Family Homes

Child Care Aware® of America works with a national network of more than 400 child care resource and referral agencies and other partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. CCAoA leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, conducts research, and advocates for child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. 

View Arkansas Contact Map

Child Care Aware sites in Arkansas

Central and Southeast Arkansas

Central and Southwest Arkansas

Northcentral Arkansas

Northeast Arkansas and Lonoke County

 Northwest Arkansas and River Valley

West Central Arkansas

ATTENTION ARKANSAS CHILD CARE PROFESSIONALS:

The below MLR's are the most current version from the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, effective Decemeber 1, 2020. Please check the publication date on the cover page at your center or home and ensure that it's the newest version.

Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers  (rev. 12/01/2020)

Minimum Licensing Requirements for Licensed Child Care Family Homes  (rev. 12/01/2020)

Minimum Licensing Requirements for Out-of-School Time Facilities  (rev. 12/01/2020)

Minimum Licensing Requirements for Registered Child Care Family Homes  (rev. 12/01/2020)

 

Age-Appropriate Activities

Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)

Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE)

Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education

Arkansas Early Childhood Association (AECA)

Arkansas Education Service Cooperatives

Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR)

Association for Early Learning Leaders

Caring for Our Children (CFOC) the most up-to-date source for health and safety guidelines in early care and education programs

Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University a multidisciplinary team committed to driving science-based innovation in policy and practice

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Child Development Associate Credential™ (CDA)

Curricula Concepts

Disabilities

Erikson Institute Technology in Early Childhood Center

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)

Health

  • Arkansas Children's for community, family, and child health
  • Arkansas WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) the special supplemental nutrition program from the Arkansas Deptartment of Health
  • ARKids First a health insurance program for children in Arkansas through DHS
  • KidsHealth

Hearing

Indispensable Policies and Practices for High-Quality Pre-K from New America

Kindness Curriculum

MyPlate ideas and tips to help create a healthier eating style that meets individual needs from the USDA

National Association for Family Child Care

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Center for Children in Poverty

National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

National Head Start Association

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

Posters

Poverty

Safe Sleep for Your Baby resources for caregivers and families

Safety

Safe Sleep for Your Baby resources for caregivers and families

Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA)

TEACH Arkansas Scholarship Program a licensed program of the Child Care Services Association and administered by the Arkansas Early Childhood Association

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI)

TIPS for Great Kids! a useful, practical info for parents that leads to successful outcomes for children ages birth to 5 years from UAMS

Tools of the Mind® helping children become intentional and reflective learners, by creating a classroom in which instruction reflect children's learning capacity, rather than age-level expectations

ZERO TO THREE

 

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