Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education

​Important Announcement

High-Quality Preschool Program (HQPP) Grant Application

(EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENT IN DESIGNATED PRIORITY/FOCUS AREAS)

The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) received a federal preschool expansion grant. The grant supports the expansion and improvement of high quality preschool programs for four (4) year olds only in high need communities located in designated Priority or Focus school districts/communities. 

The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education released the Second Round for the 2015 High-Quality Preschool Program (HQPP) grant application on Monday, May 18, 2015, targeting approximately 425 remaining expansion slots.  

All grant materials including grant instructions, application, scoring rubric and budget will be available on the DHS/Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education website at hs.arkansas.gov/dccece.

All grants must be received in the ABC office by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30.  Applications should be emailed to CopaSupport.MailAccount@dhs.arkansas.gov  including a signed and scanned copy of the Memorandum of Understanding.

Applications will be scored competitively using an established rubric as attached on the DHS website. 

Announcements will be made around July 15, 2015.

 

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2015 High Quality Preschool Program (HQPP) Application PDF

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