Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Arkansas Better Chance Program (ABC)

Arkansas AMI for Preschool

The Arkansas Division of Secondary and Elementary Education and Arkansas PBS have partnered to support teachers, families, and students by providing Arkansas AMI Learning Guides associated with PBS educational programming. Beginning March 30, Arkansas PBS will alter its regular television programming to provide age-appropriate educational content for three specific grade bands (PK-2, 3-5, 6-8). The Arkansas AMI Learning Guides have been developed to support home-based instruction in association with the PBS educational television programs to promote activities that children and families may use to practice existing skills, learn new topics, and interact with one another in a meaningful way. AMI tools and resources for schools, children, and families can be found on the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education website at
All Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) programs may utilize the Arkansas AMI guides in place of current AMI plans, or they may continue with local plans. Preschool providers who are not part of ABC are also encouraged to utilize these resources for children and families. The following is an informational video regarding Alternate Methods of Instruction for extended learning days due to COVID-19:
Preschool programs should continue to partner with educational cooperatives and school districts to ensure children, age 3-5 with disabilities continue to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education. Special education guidance documents that also apply to preschool-age children with disabilities can be accessed on the DESE COVID-19 website at Considerations for Special Education Instruction.

Arkansas Better Chance Program Overview

Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) is a high-quality preschool program for families with a household income below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. The program serves children ages birth to 5 years with the majority of the participants being 3- and 4-year-olds. The main goal of the ABC program is to provide young children with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to build on through kindergarten and elementary school.
ABC is funded through an appropriation in the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Public School Fund and administered under the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

BehaviorHelp Requests

The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) has a system called BehaviorHelp to assist programs with behavioral challenges in young children. To submit a request for support, visit. Please complete one request per child. Once the request is submitted, the DCCECE BehaviorHelp team will contact you as quickly as possible. If you have not been contacted within three business days, please email

Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards

The Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months provide a set of common expectations for what children typically know, understand, and are able to do at different ages in early childhood. They 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 designed 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.

Approved Curriculum

The Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Arkansas Department of Education, in collaboration with statewide stakeholders, have established a list of curriculum resources that align with the Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months. Arkansas Better Chance programs must use one of the identified curricula.

For more information, please contact:

Susan Underwood, Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 105-A
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office: 501-683-1068
Cell: 501-350-4944

State Standards

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