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Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education


Act 1132 of 1997 established the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education within the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The purpose of the Division is to enhance the coordination of child care and early childhood education programs within the state. This coordination ensures a seamless delivery of early childhood and child care services to low-income families and those who are moving from welfare to work. Through the licensing and accreditation unit, the Division also works to ensure that child care centers and family child care homes meet state minimum licensing standards and supports programs that voluntarily want to achieve higher-quality standards. The Division, working with the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission, adopted the following mission statement: As good stewards of the public trust, the Early Childhood Commission will support and advise the Division by ensuring that all Arkansas children and families have access to a safe, high-quality, developmentally appropriate (nurturing learning) environment (and) by educating and assisting parents, child care providers, and communities to prepare our children for future success.

Professional Development Registry

Did you know that the state offers free early childhood professional development throughout Arkansas? Join the Professional Development Registry (PDR) today at www.arkpdr.com to receive access to thousands of trainings.

Child Care Licensing Application Process

Individuals interested in applying for a license to provide child care in Arkansas may apply on-line or by submitting a paper application.  Please click the link below for more information on the licensing application process. 

Child Care Consumer Education

Please visit the following page to access our new Consumer Education page.

Arkansas Birth through Prekindergarten Teaching Credential

In 2009, Act 187 was passed to lay the foundation for the Arkansas Birth through Prekindergarten Teaching Credential. This credential creates an additional professional pathway for individuals seeking a more advanced level of knowledge and skills in working with young children and their families.

Infant/Toddler Certificate

The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) offers an Infant Toddler Certificate to support practitioners in acquiring skills and knowledge as part of a career pathway in the field of Infant and Toddler care.  The Infant Toddler Certificate contains three levels of training, foundation, intermediate, and advanced, for each practitioner to complete. Upon completion of all three levels, practitioners can expect to build their professional competencies in supporting a young child’s social-emotional, cognitive, language, and literacy development. The Infant Toddler Certificate provides a route to higher education for the preparation of all infant toddler teachers. This certificate will also prepare its recipients to educate children with special needs.

Professional development trainings are available on the PDR. If you cannot find a specific course, it may be one that is offered at another time during the year.  

Early Head Start Child Care Partnership

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. Click here to submit a request for support.  Please complete one request per child.  Once you submit your request, the DCCECE BehaviorHelp team will contact you as quickly as possible.  If you have not been contacted within 3 business days, please email behaviorhelp@dhs.arkansas.gov.

Programs and Services

Below you will find the programs and services offered by the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. Click the name for a link to additional information.



Contact Information

Office Address Phone Email
Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education

700 Main Street Slot S-160
Little Rock, AR 72201-1473

Fax: 501-682-2317

Arkansas Better Chance

700 Main Street Slot S-160
Little Rock, AR 72203-1473

Fax: 501-683-0971

Child Care Assistance

700 Main Street Slot S-145
Little Rock, AR 72203-1473

Fax: 501-683-0034

Child Care Licensing

700 Main Street Slot S-150
Little Rock, AR 72203-1473

Fax: 501-682-2317

Health and Nutrition Program

700 Main Street Slot S-155
Little Rock, AR 72203-1473

Fax: 501-682-2334

Program and Professional Development

700 Main Street Slot S-140
Little Rock, AR 72203-1473

Fax: 501-682-4897

White County DCCECE office

2017 E. Race Ave
Searcy, AR 72143

Fax: 501-279-1386

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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