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Service: Arkansas Economic Development Commission Grant | More Information
About: The Child Care and Early Childhood Education Center Construction and Renovation Grant on behalf of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.


Service: Adventures In Learning Program
About: Adventures in Learning, a comprehensive curriculum for children from three to five, features 40 topics of study in nine focus areas. Each topic is introduced with familiar children’s books and has a strong language and literacy emphasis.
Website: Adventures In Learning Program
Service: Ages and Stages Pilot Project Program | More Information
About: Program created to analyize questionnaire data from parents and physicians regarding early childhood programs within child care facilities.
Service: Arkansas Better Chance Program | More Information
About: The Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) program offers high quality early education services to children birth to five exhibiting developmental and socioeconomic risk factors. There are three different ABC program models: Center-based programs, Home-Visiting programs (HIPPY and PAT) and Family Child Care Homes.
Service: Arkansas Child Development and Early Learning Standards: Birth through 60 Months | More Information
About: Educational guidelines and benchmarks for infants and toddlers.
Service: Arkansas Children’s Week | More Information
About: Annual event to highlight the needs of children in Arkansas. This program offers assistance in developing and promoting child-friendly activities for large or small audiences.
Service: Arkansas Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Initiative | More Information
About: AECCS assists with coordinating and integrating statewide systems that support families and communities in the development of all children so that they are healthy and ready to learn.
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: BAMMM Program | More Information
About: Learning program is a series of twelve activities that begins with a children’s book, extends to movement activities that are suggested in the book, and expands to include related curriculum activities and ideas for enhancing the learning environment.
Service: Better Beginnings Program
About: Better Beginnings emphasizes parents
Contact: 501-682-8590 or 1-800-445-3316
Service: Child and Adult Care Food Program
About: USDA
Contact: 501-682-8869 or 1-800-482-5850
Website: Special Nutrition Program
Service: Child Care Assistance | More Information
About: Child Care Assistance is a program that is available for low-income families. This program provides financial assistance for quality child care and is made possible by the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF).
Contact: 501-682-8947 or 1-800-322-8176
Service: Child Care Licensing | More Information
About: Information about licensing of Voluntary Registered Child Care Family Homes, Licensed Homes, and Licensed Child Care Centers.
Service: Child Safety Programs | More Information
About: The Injury Prevention Center has created a full year of informational inserts covering an array of safety topics for community use. Available as jpeg images on a CD, the inserts feature safety tips and resources specific to the early childhood years, and may be used in parent newsletters and e-mails, church bulletins and newsletters, or other similar materials. They can also be printed as a full page for posting on bulletin boards or in other common areas. The 13 topics include: Safe Sleep for Infants, Product and Toy Recalls, Medication Safety, Playground Safety, Water Safety, Home Safety, Sun Safety, Injury PreventionTricycle Safety, Child Passenger Safety, Seat Belt Use, Safety Around Cars, Burn Prevention, and Toy and Gift Safety.
Contact: 501-364-3414 | Email
Service: Creative Adventures with Literature Program | More Information
About: This program is a collection of curriculum guides that integrate literature and the creative arts for teachers of children from three to five are using in their classrooms. They will be introduced to the works of well-known artists and to the various techniques used by illustrators of some of the children’s books that are included.
Website: Creative Adventures with Literature Program
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: National School Lunch Program
About: "The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in more than 99,800 public, non-profit private schools, and residential child care institutions.
Contact: 501- 682-8869 or 1-800-482-5850
Website: National School Lunch Program
Service: Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP-SACC) | More Information
About: A self-assessment and training opportunity for child care providers (homes and centers) to identify changes in nutrition and physical activity plans to support optimum growth for young children and wellness activities for the adult caregivers. The program is offered thorough local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (click to map of CCR&R) NAP-SACC newsletters
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: Safety Week Program | More Information
About: Hosting a Safety Week is a great way for childcare and early childhood education programs to educate children, parents and professionals about injury prevention strategies that can be used at home and on the go. A Safety Week combines children's activities, parent training and handouts, staff development, and ideas for other special events into a week-long focus on the prevention of injuries, especially those that are common during the early years of life. The Injury Prevention Center now offers a free Safety Week tool kit available on a CD. The tool kit includes templates for planning and advertising a Safety Week event, suggested parent and staff handouts and presentations, and recommendations for children's classroom activities.
Contact: 501-364-3400
Service: Summer Food Service Program
About: The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals and snacks to children during the summer months. This federally funded food service program helps children who live in eligible areas receive the same high quality meals during the summer as they get during the school year. Local sponsors oversee the production and distribution of meals to children at sites like schools, churches, parks, and playgrounds. Organizations which qualify as sponsors receive funds to pay for meals and snacks to children. They also receive training and technical assistance to help start and operate the program.
Contact: 501- 682-8869 or 1-800-482-5850
Website: Summer Food Service Program


Service: Arkansas Child Care Aware Resource & Referral Network | More Information
About: A lending library and resource center for child care providers throughout the state. All licensed and registered childcare providers may apply for a user card and then order from our catalog.
Contact: 501-683-0033 or 1-800-445-3316
Service: Arkansas Early Childhood Commission | More Information
About: The governing body that agood 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 Early Childhood Newsletter
About: A bi-monthly newsletter for all licensed and registered child care providers which includes all training opportunitites. Information, news and updates on early care and education are included.
Website: Arkansas Early Childhood Newsletter
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: Learn about what to look for in a child care facility and early education programs that may be available.
Service: Child Care Search
About: Search for licensed child care providers by name, address, age group and early education programs offered.
Contact: 501-682-9699 or 1-800-445-3316
Website: Child Care Search
Service: Child Care Training and Workshops | More Information
About: List of classes, programs and workshops to assist child care providers.
Service: Federal Grants Catalog
About: This booklet provides some basic information about the Federal grants process. It also lists over 170 programs that may interest your organization. Grants programs are organized into general categories ranging from programs for elders and the homeless to those that serve at-risk youth and people making the transition from welfare to work.
Website: Federal Grants Catalog
Service: Technical Assistance for Child Care Programs
About: Technical assistance is available by self referral or by referral from the licensing office to all child care programs in the state. Childhood Services, affiliated with Arkansas State University has a contract with the Division to establish a group of early childhood professional to offer this assistance at no charge to providers.
Contact: 501-682-8590 or 1-800-445-3316
Service: Traveling Arkansas’ Professional Pathways Registry | More Information
About: This program is a coordinated system based upon research and best practices that enables the delivery of high quality professional development opportunities through career pathways that meet the diverse needs of early childhood professionals.
Website: Traveling Arkansas' Professional Pathways Registry

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