Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education

​Important Notice

Child Care Aware of Central and Southwest Arkansas is collaborating with the Division of Child Care and will be hosting a Resource Center.  You can locate their office at 3805 McCain Park Suite 120 in North Little Rock.  The opening date and service times will be announced at a later day.  Please call 501-374-0330 for further information. 
 
Counties to be served include: Pulaski, Little River, Hempstead, Nevada, Ouachita, Miller, Lafayette, Columbia, and Union.

​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
    501-682-4891
    Fax: 501-682-2317
  • Arkansas Better Chance700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
    501-682-2314
  • Child Care Assistance700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
    501-682-8947
  • Child Care Licensing700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
    501-682-8590
  • Program Support700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
    501-682-9699
  • Special Nutrition Program700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
    501-682-8869
  • Resources and Referrals700 Main Street Slot S-140
    Little Rock, AR 72203-1473
    800-445-3316