ACF FAQs on Child Care Final Rule
On November 19, 2014, the President signed into law bipartisan legislation that reauthorized the CCDBG Act for the first time since 1996. The law made many important statutory changes focused on reforming child care in this country to better support the success of both parents and children in low-income families and increase their access to healthy, safe, high quality child care. The final rule published by HHS updates the CCDF regulations to provide detail and clarification based on the law.
CCDBG Health & Safety Requirements
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 requires States and Territories to have health and safety training requirements and professional development requirements in place by September 30, 2016. This means that all new and existing caregivers and teachers must meet these training requirements by this date.
School Readiness Summit
Please see the attached information for this year’s School Readiness Summit!
Suspension and Expulsion Information
The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education will be implementing a program to assist providers in limiting and ultimately eliminating suspensions and expulsions in early education settings. Resources are available to promote positive interactions with children with challenging behaviors, develop policies, and engage families in supporting the child.
On July 1, 2016, the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education is implementing a new system called BehaviorHelp to assist you with behavioral challenges in young children. Download and complete the form and then submit to BehaviorHelp@dhs.arkansas.gov.
If you do not use Microsoft Outlook, download the form and upload it to your email as an attachment, then submit to the email address listed above.
Childhood diseases can cause children pain and discomfort, and also lead to doctor visits, hospitalization and even death. Vaccinations are the best way to protect young children from 14 serious diseases, including measles.
Measles can be dangerous—especially for babies and young children. Measles spreads very easily, so it is important to protect against infection. To prevent measles, eligible children should be vaccinated with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The measles vaccine has been used for years, and it is safe and effective. Please click the link below for more information.
2016-2018 Arkansas CCDF State Plan DRAFT
The 2016-2018 Arkansas CCDF State Plan DRAFT is now ready for review. Comments and questions about the Plan will be accepted until February 23, 2016 and can be submitted electronically to Ivory.Daniels@dhs.arkansas.gov. If you have any questions about the public hearings, please feel free to call 501-682-8947.
Arkansas Market Rate Review
The Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) seeks to increase the quality of care provided throughout the state without harming the financial well-being of child care businesses. On their behalf, independent evaluators at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) prepared a series of cost models to identify impacts of potential regulatory and policy changes.
Arkansas Quality Incentive Rates
In 2014, the Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education implemented a Quality Incentive Rate based on geographic location. Below are charts for each geographical area that lists out the reimbursment rate for each service type and age type combination. Arkansas Urban counties are limited to Benton, Cleveland, Craighead, Crawford, Crittenden, Faulkner, Garland, Grant, Jefferson, Lincoln, Little River, Lonoke, Madison, Miller, Perry, Poinsett, Pulaski, Saline, Sebastian, & Washington. All other counties are designated as Rural.
2014-2015 Arkansas CCDF State Plan
Please use the link below to access the 2014-2015 Arkansas CCDF State Plan.
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.
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Am I eligible for Child Care Assistance?
Families must meet the following criteria:
- Meet the established income guidelines
- 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.
- Have an eligible child. Our program serves children from birth through 12 years of age.
What are the Income Guidelines?
Open the 2016 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.
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
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
For assistance in obtaining or resetting your password, please contact Technical Support at 501-682-6354 and speak with Risa Platt.