Arkansas Better Chance Program

Important Notice

2014-15 Grant Application/Reallocation

On May 23, 2014, the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) released the 2014-15 Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) grant application/reallocation of ABC slots in areas designated as priority. These areas include where the slots originated from and/or school districts designated by the Department of Education as Needs Improvement Priority or Focus, a requirement of Act 49 (the law creating the Arkansas Better Chance for School Success program).  Any early childhood program meeting Better Beginnings status may apply for funding regardless of the sponsorship of the program.   Through ABC, DCCECE encourages the development of quality early childhood education programs to help at-risk children develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally in order to be prepared for kindergarten.  Use of ABC grant funds is limited to the establishment and operation of a high-quality early childhood program. 

All grant applications must be received in the ABC office by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014. Applications should be emailed to Jim Munds at

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Official Announcement DOC
2014-15 ABC Grant Application DOC
2014-15 Budget Form XLS
Quality Core Budget Models PDF
Center Based Scoring Rubric XLS
Home Visitor Scoring Rubric XLS
Targeted School Districts PDF

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.

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Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Arkansas Better Chance Program PDF


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.

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Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing the Arkansas Better Chance Program PDF
ABC Data Specialists Map PDF

Act 49

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Act 49 PDF

Regulation Clarifications

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Dismissal/Expulsion Clarification PDF
Billing Procedures PDF​
Separation of Church and State PDF

Pre-K Alignment with Common Core

The AR Framework Benchmark Summary Table has been revised to better align with national Common Core Standards that were adopted by Arkansas in July, 2010. Extensive research has taken place to assure that these standards are appropriate for developmental stages of pre-k children as well as aligned properly with the Common Core Standards.

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Association of Measurements - The Correlation between Common Core and Early Head Start Requirements ​PDF


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Arkansas Better Chance Fast Facts PDF
ABC Longitudinal Study 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.
Forms: Program, Budget/Finance, Child Record, COPA WEB
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