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Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education



It is important that you and your staff continue to take steps to limit spreading of illnesses, including: 

Important Guidance and Information:

Short-term Child Care Assistance for Essential Workers

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided over $41 million in Child Care Development Block Grant funds to the DHS Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE). An estimated $18 million of that will be used to help cover the cost of child care for some essential workers in Arkansas.

     Essential Worker Child Care Assistance Application  English  Spanish

    Traditional Child Care Assistance Application
If you make less than $2,954.98 each month for a family of two, you may qualify for traditional child care assistance instead of the short-term assistance for essential workers.  See all income information here for other family sizes.

COVID - 19 Voucher Increase:

Child Care Provider Informational Phone Meetings:

To provide you with information about the COVID-19 public health crisis and to answer child care questions, join the informational Zoom meetings occurring every other Tuesday at 10:00 am.  Next Meeting August 25th. September Meetings: 8th and 22nd.

Previous Meetings:

Background Check Requirements During COVID-19

Using the New Online System

Using the paper version (no subscription)

Resources and Information:


DHS's Response to COVID-19 for Clients - click for a map and list of open providers 

Learning Resources and Tools:

Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) Tools and Resources:


There are several programs available to help keep the flow of food coming for children in need. Click here and view the COVID – 19 section to learn more. 

Health and Nutrition has applied to USDA for a waiver. This waiver would allow for virtual Educational/Enrichment activates.  We are waiting on approval from USDA.  

BehaviorHelp Requests

BehaviorHelp services are available to assist child care centers virtually by providing support in managing challenging classroom behaviors, as well as the social-emotional well-being of children, families, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If center directors or staff would like virtual support from a technical assistance provider or mental health consultant, please complete an online BehaviorHelp support request form. Phone, video-conference, or e-mail can be provided.

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.



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