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Better Beginnings

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 and gives Arkansas providers valuable tools for improving the quality of their programs at every level.

My School Info

My School Info allows the public to search and compare public schools and districts from across the State in a variety of ways. Parents can get a jump start on what schools will best fit the needs of their family with just a few clicks of the mouse. The data presented on the Arkansas Department of Education’s website is periodically updated and reflective of information submitted by schools and districts.

Arkansas 529 Plan

The Arkansas 529 Plan is an educational savings account that offers up to $10,000 in state tax deductions for contributions. Savings in Arkansas 529 can grow tax deferred through a variety of investment options. Money can be withdrawn tax free to pay for qualified higher education and vocational school costs like tuition, room and board, computers, and supplies at universities throughout Arkansas and the U.S. Funds may also be used for qualified tuition expenses at trade schools, K-12 private and parochial schools, for payments on existing student loan debt, and for apprenticeship programs. Family and friends can contribute to 529 Plans. Start saving at arkansas529.org.

Arkansas ABLE Plan

There’s no limit to what people with disabilities can do. With Arkansas ABLE, you can save for qualified disability expenses without losing eligibility for certain assistance programs. Arkansas taxpayers can deduct up to $5,000 (up to $10,000 for married couples) of their Arkansas ABLE Plan contributions from their Arkansas adjusted gross income.* If you are a resident of Arkansas, your earnings are state-tax free if withdrawn to pay for qualified disability expenses. Set up your Arkansas ABLE account today by going to savewithable.com.

Child Safety Resources

Arkansas Children’s Injury Prevention Center
Arkansas Poison Center
Auto Safety Hotline
Consumer Product Safety Hotline
NHTSA Car & Booster Seat Safety
Red Cross CPR Training
Car Safety for Kids

Health and Wellness

American Academy of Pediatrics
Arkansas Down Syndrome Association
Arkansas Infant Hearing Program
Baby’s First Test
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Institute for Vaccine Safety
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Newborn Screening Fact Sheets for Parents
Newborn Screening FAQS for Parents
Newborn Screening Program
Save Babies Through Screening

Parent Resources

Arkansas Birth Certificate Online Service
Arkansas Parenting Resources by UAEX
Better Beginnings Child Care Finder
Brothers United
Just in Time Parenting Newsletter
March of Dimes Resource Center
National Easter Seal Society
Navigating Life’s Journey
Pregnancy & Newborn
Sisters United
The Administration for Children and Families

Adoption and Foster Care

Adoptive or Foster Parent Inquiry
Arkansas Adoption Assistance Program
Centers for Youth & Family, Therapeutic Foster Care
National Foster Care & Adoption Directory
Project Zero: Arkansas Heart Gallery
Restore Hope Arkansas
Text4Baby
The Call: Foster Care and Adoption

Educational Resources

ABC’s of Child Development
Arkansas 529 Plan
Arkansas ABLE Plan
Communicating With Baby: Tips and Milestones From Birth to Age 5
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
Your Child’s Development: Age-Based Tips From Birth to 36 Months

Just for Moms

American Baby Magazine
Baby Center
It Starts with Mom
Parents Magazine
Postpartum Support International
National Women’s Health Information Center
WIC (Women, Infants, & Children)

Discounts and Reward Programs

Enfamil Family Beginnings
Similac StrongMoms Rewards
Seventh Generation Rewards
GoodNites Discounts
Huggies Coupons & Rewards
Gerber Discounts & Samples
Pampers Rewards Program
National Diaper Bank Network

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INNOVATION

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

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