Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education

​Overview

Act 1132 of 1997 established the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education within the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The purpose of the Division is to enhance the coordination of child care and early childhood education programs within the state. This coordination ensures a seamless delivery of early childhood and child care services to low-income families and those who are moving from welfare to work. Through the licensing and accreditation unit, the Division also works to ensure that child care centers and family child care homes meet state minimum licensing standards and supports programs that voluntarily want to achieve higher-quality standards. The Division, working with the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission, adopted the following mission statement: As good stewards of the public trust, the Early Childhood Commission will support and advise the Division by ensuring that all Arkansas children and 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.

Programs and Services

Below you will find the programs and services offered by the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. Click the name for a link to additional information.

Contact Information

Office Address Phone Numbers Email
  • Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72201-1473
    501-682-8590
    Fax: 501-682-2317
  • Arkansas Better Chance700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
    501-320-8942
    Fax: 501-683-0971
  • Child Care Assistance700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
    501-682-8947
    Fax: 501-683-0034
  • Child Care Licensing700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
    501-682-8590
    Fax: 501-682-2317
  • Health and Nutrition Program 700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
    501-682-8869
    Fax: 501-682-2334
  • Program Support700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
    501-682-9699
    Fax: 501-682-4897
  • Resources and Referrals700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
    800-445-3316
    Fax: 501-682-4897
  • White County DCCECE office2017 E. Race Ave
    Searcy, AR 72143
    501-268-2714
    Fax: 501-279-1386