Child Care Assistance

Important Notice

In order to meet federal reporting requirements, the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education needs information on trainings that you as the owner, your Director and any staff who have been employed in your facility or home have received in the last year. 

We are asking that you and/or your staff enter any staff training/credentialing programs you or they participated in within the last year into the TAPP registry no later than October 4, 2013.

TAPP is the child care and early childhood education professional development system which includes the TAPP registry.  The Registry is used to record, verify, and document the professional development of staff who work in the field of child care and early childhood education.  The Registry also includes the professional development/training opportunities across the state.

Your assistance is critical in helping us meet the federal reporting requirements.

For questions about the TAPP registry, please visit the Traveling Arkansas’ Professional Development Registry website @ http://professionalregistry.astate.edu.  If you have any questions please contact the TAPP Registry @ prof_registry@astate.edu or you may contact Ivory Daniels at ivory.daniels@arkansas.gov.

 

Ivory Daniels, CCDF Administrator
Cc:    Arlene Rose, Assistant Director
         Tonya Williams, Director

2014-2015 Arkansas CCDF State Plan

Please use the link below to access the 2014-2015 Arkansas CCDF State Plan.

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Arkansas CCDF State Plan for FY 2014-2015 PDF​

Overview

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).  This program is under the administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In the State of Arkansas, the Department of Human Services and the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education are responsible for managing the Child Care Assistance Program.

Program Support

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Child Care Assistance Compliance and Helpful Tips
Child Care Assistance Eligibility
Child Care Assistance Application
Child Care Assistance Frequently Asked Questions​​
Choosing a Child Care Provider
Child Care Billing Website
Forms and Documents​
 

Am I eligible for Child Care Assistance?

Families must meet the following criteria:

1.​ Meet the established income guidelines​.
​2. Each adult residing in the household must be employed at least 30 hour per week, or be enrolled and attending high school, college, GED classes, vocational school or a training program as a full time student. A combination of school and work is acceptable if the individual is involved at a minimum of 30 hours.​
​3. Have an eligible child.  Our program serves children from birth through 12 years of age.​
 

What are the Income Guidelines?

Open the 2011 CCDF Sliding Fee Chart document below and find the size of your family and then locate the column in which your family's Gross Monthly Income falls. (All income from all family members must be included in the monthly total.  This includes earned income, SSA, SSI, VA, etc.) If your monthly income falls into one of the columns listed on the chart, your family may qualify for child care assistance. Families may be required to pay a percentage of the cost for child care.

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Child Care Assistance Sliding Fee Chart PDF
 

How do I apply for Child Care Assistance?

You may print and complete the Child Care Assistance Application below, request an application by contacting the local Program Eligibility Specialist or you may contact the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education at 1-800-322-8176 and an application will be mailed to you.

After you complete the application you may mail or return it to your local Program Eligibility Specialist or the address below:

Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education P.O. Box 1437, Slot S145 Little Rock, AR& 72203
 
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Child Care Assistance Application PDF
Program Eligibility Specialist ​PDF
 

What is the application process?

The Child Care Assistance Program is based on the availability of funds. If funds are available at the time your application is received, you will be contacted by the local Program Eligibility Specialist.  This will verify your eligibility for child care assistance.

If funds are not available at the time your application was received, the local Program Eligibility Specialist will send a notification to you which explains you have been placed on a waiting list for the county of your residence.  Your application will only be effective for twelve (12) months as stated on your application.  If you still require assistance at the end of the (12) months, then you must submit a new application to remain on the waiting list.

How is child care provided for my children?

Once a family is determined eligible for the Child Care Assistance Program, they must select a child care provider that is licensed or registered by the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. The provider must be an active participant in the Child Care Assistance Program.

Families may contact the Program Eligibility Specialist to request a list of child care providers that participate in the Child Care Assistance Program or call 1-800-322-8176.

Child Care Provider Information

Any child care provider that is licensed or registered by the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education and meets the requirements of the State of Arkansas may choose to participate in the CCDF Child Care Assistance Program.

The child care provider must complete an online training and exam. They must also complete the Required Documentation available after the completion of the exam.  All of the Required Documentation will need to be on file with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education in order to be considered for approval into the CCDF Child Care Assistance Program.  Mail or fax all forms to the address below:

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Program Support Unit
P. O. Box 1437, Slot S160
Little Rock, AR 72203
Fax: 501-682-4897

For assistance in obtaining or resetting your password, please contact Technical Support at 501-682-6354 and speak with Risa Platt.

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CCDF Child Care Participant Agreement Rules and Regulations PDF
CCDF Child Care Participant Agreement Training and Exam WEB