Arkansas Resources


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. (Bright Ideas Bryant is a 3-star facility)

Child Care Aware

Child Care Aware of Central and Southwest Arkansas is a resource and referral source that is designed to
help families identify and locate high-quality child care that is affordable, accessible and available. We
will help you find the child care resources to meet your individual needs.

Arkansas Head Start
The standards are to be used to assist in developing age-appropriate learning goals for children, to
support the developmentally appropriate curriculum and assessment, and to outline a progression of
development and learning that supports success in school and in life.

CDC - Healthy Development Basics
The early years of a child's life are very important for his or her health and
development. Healthy development means that children of all abilities, including those with special
health care needs, are able to grow up where their social, emotional and educational needs are met.

The Parent Center at Centers for Youth and Families

This center provides parenting classes and resources related to improving child care in Arkansas.


Tennessee Resources



Great resource for parents about child health, education and development, as well as available state services.


TN Childcare Resources for Parents

Wonderful go-to about how to look for high-quality childcare and early childhood education providers. Resources for early intervention, finding child care, safe sleep practices, and much more.

TN Early Learning Development Standards

Review these standards, which are directly aligned with the content areas found in Tennessee’s state English language arts and mathematics standards as well as the Tennessee state standards for kindergarten. This page also includes birth-48 months standards for educators and families with children in this age range.

TN Star Quality:
Report Card and Star Quality Program:

This site includes parent information on Developmental Monitoring and Screening Information. (Lighthouse Learning Academy has the highest rating achievable!)


Understanding Your Child’s Development

Describes important milestones for childhood development.