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The Arkansas Better Chance program is funded through an appropriation in the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Public School Fund budget. ADE contracts with the DHS Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education to administer the program. The Division is responsible for all operational duties associated with ABC. The State Board of Education is the final authority for approval of rules and grants. The Division gives regular reports and updates to the State Board of Education, as well as an annual report to the Joint Legislative Committee on Education.

BehaviorHelp Requests

On July 1, 2016, the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education is implementing a new system called BehaviorHelp to assist you with behavioral challenges in young children.  Download and complete the form and then submit to BehaviorHelp@dhs.arkansas.gov.

Act 49

Act 49

Revised ADE Rules

Attention: The ADE Rules Governing the Arkansas Better Chance Program have been revised and approved. The new Rules became effective October 26, 2012.

The Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards provide a set of common expectations for what children typically know, understand and are able to do at different ages in early childhood. The standards are research-based; culturally and linguistically appropriate; comprehensive; and are written with the understanding that children reach developmental milestones at different times. The standards are to be used to assist in developing age-appropriate learning goals for children, to support developmentally appropriate curriculum and assessment, and to outline a progression of development and learning that supports success in school and in life.

Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months PDF


This report estimates the effects of the Arkansas Better Chance Program (ABC) on entering kindergartners' academic skills using a rigorous research design. Receptive vocabulary, early literacy and early math skills were assessed in a sample of 911 children from across Arkansas. We found that the Arkansas Better Chance Program has statistically significant and meaningful impacts on children’s early language, literacy and mathematical development.

Related Documents

Title Type Posted Date
Waiver Request DOC 08/25/2016
Data Specialist Evaluation DOC 08/25/2016
Enrollment Application Checklist DOC 08/25/2016
Expenditure Report Certification DOC 08/25/2016
Program Specialist Evaluation DOC 08/25/2016
Earned Income Verification DOC 08/25/2016
ABC Program Manual PDF 08/01/2016
Budget Amendment Request XLS 08/01/2016
Child Enrollment Checklist DOC 08/01/2016
Compliance Audit Form Center Based DOC 08/01/2016
Final Expenditure Report XLS 08/01/2016
Income Eligibility Guideline PDF 08/01/2016
Mid Year Expenditure Report XLS 08/01/2016
Sliding Fee Scale PDF 08/01/2016
ABC Rule and Regulation Clarifications DOC 09/01/2015
Child Application DOC 09/01/2015
Compliance Audit Form Home Based DOC 09/01/2015
COPA Security Agreement DOC 09/01/2015
Family Eligibility Application DOC 09/01/2015
Health Screening Form Spanish DOC 09/01/2015
Health Screening Form DOC 09/01/2015
Income Eligibility Work Sheet DOC 09/01/2015


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Application for Staff Qualifications Plan DOC 08/25/2016
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