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MAGAZINE – Better Beginnings, Arkansas’ quality rating and improvement system for all licensed and registered childcare facilities, has recognized the Magazine Schools Opportunities Program as a 3-star provider in quality child care and educational programs.
Magazine Schools Opportunities Program has achieved the requirements to become a 3-star provider, while also maintaining the requirements of a 1 and 2-star provider. A 3-star rating is the highest level a Better Beginnings provider can receive and signifies the best quality of child care in Arkansas.
“Having a safe, high-quality environment for our youngest Rattlers to thrive in is of utmost importance to us. Our staff is second to none in the quality of care and education that parents can depend on every single day. Above all, you will know that your child is loved and well cared for while learning new things that get them ready for their next step into elementary school,” Magazine Schools Superintendent Dr. Beth Shumate said.
When rating a 3-star facility, Better Beginnings focuses on five quality components: administration, staff qualifications and professional development, learning environment, environmental assessment and child health and development.
“Research shows that the early months and years following birth really do matter, that maximum brain development happens during the first five years of life – before children are ‘officially’ in school. We want children to have a better beginning to their education,” Tonya Williams, Director of Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, said.
Better Beginnings provides curriculum based on the early learning and development guidelines: math, science and literacy. Through a high-quality learning environment, children develop social and academic skills that lead to school success.
The Magazine Schools Opportunities Program is currently accepting infants, toddlers and Pre-K students for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. To enroll your infant/toddler or Pre-K student, call the Magazine Elementary School Office at (866) 900-2001. The program is free to those who qualify.