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Licensing Support for Early Care Professionals


The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) recognizes and supports professionalism within early care and education. Use the links below to gain access to helpful resources and to learn more about how the Division ensures children have access to high-quality early care.

Types of Child Care Facilities and Programs:

These homes and centers are eligible to participate in state and federally funded programs.

  • Registered Child Care Family Homes - Homes that care for fewer than 5 children. They are regulated by the “Registered Child Care Family Homes.”
  • Licensed Homes - Homes that care for 6 to 16 children. They are regulated by the “Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Family Homes.” Health and fire department approvals are required if care is provided to 11 or more children. City zoning approval is required where applicable. 
  • Licensed Child Care Centers - Facilities that care for 6 or more children from more than 1 family. They are regulated by “Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers.” Programs that operate less than 10 hours a week are exempt. These facilities require health and fire department approval and are subject to city zoning. 
  • Out of School Time - These facilities are regulated by the “Minimum Licensing Requirements for Out-of-School-Time Facilities.”  These facilities are center based child care programs that care for school age children only. 

Who to Contact


The Licensing Unit is responsible for the enforcement of the Child Care Licensing Act for registered child care family homes, licensed homes, and licensed child care centers in Arkansas.

Background Check Forms

All child care facility staff must have a current background check completed and on file. There are three types of checks: Arkansas Criminal Record, FBI Criminal Record, and Child Maltreatment. See the Minimum Licensing Regulation booklet to learn the specifics. 

The New Automated Background Check System

An automated background check process will be available in 2020.  This will better enable the DCCECE to provide you with more timely background check results. The automation process includes the following features and capabilities;

  • Each licensed and registered child care provider will have access to a secure internet account through Information Network of Arkansas (INA).
  • Providers will enter applications for State Police and FBI background checks through this account and will be issued an INA transaction number for the application they have entered.
  • The provider will give the INA transaction number to the applicant, who will take the transaction number to a DHS County Office where an electronic fingerprint scanner is located. (A list of scanner locations will be provided.)
  • DHS County Office personnel will assist the applicant with scanning and submitting their fingerprints to INA.
  • Result information will be transmitted electronically to DCCECE and result letters will be generated.

Health and Safety Resources and Forms

Several resources are available to help you keep the children you care for and your staff safe.  

Early Education Child Care Assistance Program

Early Education Child Care programs that are licensed or registered by DCCECE and meet the requirements of the State of Arkansas may choose to participate in the CCDF Child Care Assistance Program. Learn More

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