Funding Opportunity Announcement
Please see the attached letter from the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education concerning a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants.
Public Health Emergency - Measles Information
The Arkansas Dept. of Health has notified Healthy Child Care Arkansas that Memphis is experiencing an outbreak of measles, with 6 confirmed cases. Arkansans should be on the alert as measles can be a serious disease. All child care providers should be prepared to take the following steps:
- Check your records to be sure that all children have received their MMR vaccines:
- First dose between 12 and 15 months of age,
- second dose at 4 – 6 years
- If you suspect that a child has symptoms of measles, call the Arkansas Dept. of Health IMMEDIATELY:
- During business hours: 501-661-2318
- After hours: 501-661-2136
For information on symptoms, please review the attached CDC flyers for child care centers and for families. Further information is available at www.cdc.gov/measles/
Public Health Emergency - Zika Virus Information
On January 22, 2016, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to respond to outbreaks of Zika occurring in the Americas and increased reports of birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in areas affected by Zika. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) because of clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika. On February 8, 2016, CDC elevated its EOC activation to a Level 1, the highest level.
CDC is working with international public health partners and with state and local health departments to
- Alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika.
- Post travel notices and other travel-related guidance.
- Provide state health laboratories with diagnostic tests.
- Detect and report cases, which will help prevent further spread.
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.