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 Friday, July 10th. Applications should be emailed to CopaSupport.MailAccount@dhs.arkansas.gov or hand delivered to 700 Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72201 including a signed copy of the Memorandum of Understanding. Faxed or mailed copies will not be accepted.
Applications will be scored competitively using an established rubric as attached on the DHS website.
Announcements will be made around July 15, 2015.
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.