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Service: Arkansas Special Nutrition Program
About: The Special Nutrition Programs (SNP) provide reimbursement for well-balanced, nutritious meals served to individuals enrolled in the Child Care Food Program (CACFP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Special Milk Program (SMP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
Website: Arkansas Special Nutrition Program
Service: Better Beginnings Program & Early Learning Resources
About: Better Beginnings, a program of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, connects Arkansas families with information and care that helps their children experience a safe, happy, healthy childhood. Better Beginnings is designed to improve the level of quality in childcare and early childhood education programs across the state.
Website: Arkansas Better Beginnings
Service: Child Care Assistance | More Information
About: A financial assistance program that is made possible by the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) which helps low-income families afford quality child care.
Contact: 501-682-8947 or 1-800-322-8176
Service: Child Care Licensing | More Information
About: Information about licensing of Registered Child Care Family Homes, Licensed Child Care Family Homes, Child Care Centers and Out of School Time Facilities.
Service: Early Head Start Child Care Partnership | More Information
About: The Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) was awarded an Early Head Start- Child Care Partnership Grant.
Service: Kindergarten Readiness Program | More Information
About: This program was developed to help teachers and caregivers in preschool to have a role in assisting children migrate to a kindergarten setting.
Service: PDG B-5 AR | More Information
About: The PDG B-5 grant makes it possible further the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) work in Arkansas.
Service: Placement and Residential Licensing | More Information
About: Manages licensing for residential child care facilities, emergency residential child care facilities, psychiatric residential treatment centers, sexual rehabilitative programs, independent living programs; adoption, foster care, therapeutic foster care and residential placement agency licenses.


Service: Arkansas Birth through Prekindergarten Teaching Credential
About: 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.
Service: Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months | More Information
About: Educational guidelines and benchmarks for infants and toddlers that provide common expectations for what children typically know, understand, and can do. 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.
Service: Arkansas Children’s Week | More Information
About: An annual event that helps to develop and promote child-friendly activities. Arkansas Children’s Week was held in April with theme “Everyday Explorers.” Although the event is over, you can still use the following resources to plan an event.
Service: Arkansas Early Childhood Commission | More Information
About: The governing body that as good stewards of the public trust, will support and advise the Division by ensuring that all Arkansas children and their 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.
Contact: 800-445-3316
Service: Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) | More Information
About: Through the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR), individuals can register for professional development opportunities and obtain resources to enhance their knowledge and skills.
Website: Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR)
Service: Child Care Development Fund Plan | More Information
About: Authorized by the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, and Section 418 of the Social Security Act, assists low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work or attend training/education.
Service: Child Care Information for Parents | More Information
About: This DCCECE Consumer Education website provides information and resources to help you look for quality child care facilities and early education programs. Technical assistance is also available by self-referral or by referral from the licensing office free of charge to all child care programs in the state.
Contact: 501-682-8590 or 1-800-445-3316
Website: Parents & Families
Service: Child Care Search | More Information
About: Search for licensed child care providers by name, address, age group and early education programs offered.
Contact: 501-682-8590 or 1-800-445-3316
Website: Child Care Search
Service: Infant & Toddler Certificate | More Information
About: The Infant Toddler Certificate provides a route to higher education for the preparation of all infant and toddler teachers. Upon completion, one can expect to build their professional competencies in supporting a child’s social-emotional, cognitive, language, and literacy development.
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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