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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 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
Service: Child Care Information for Providers | 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: Commodity Distribution Program
About: The Commodity Distribution Program processes and distributes commodities donated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to schools and other eligible recipient agencies in Arkansas that participate in the National School Lunch Program and Summer Food Service Program.
Contact: 501-371-1400
Website: Commodity Distribution Program
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: Emergency Food Assistance Program | More Information
About: The Emergency Food Assistance Program distributes commodities to food banks, soup kitchens, shelters and other nonprofit agencies. Donated foods are also made available for Disaster Assistance. To view additional information on The Emergency Food Assistance Program including program information, eligibility, distribution sites, and links to USDA website, see link below.
Contact: 501-371-1400
Website: The Emergency Food Assistance Program
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 | More Information
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 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.
Service: Kindergarten Readiness | More Information
About: Checklists and resources that will help teachers and caregivers transition children from preschool into kindergarten.
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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