Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education
DCCECE INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
It is important that you and your staff continue to take steps to limit spreading of illnesses, including:
- Asking staff to stay home while sick and asking families to keep sick children home.
- Cleaning your hands often with either an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, or with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then place the used tissue directly into a no-touch waste bin. If tissues aren’t available, coughing or sneezing into the upper sleeve is OK, but NOT into the hands.
Important Guidance and Information:
- Child Care Hotline Form
- New Child Care Pandemic Requirements 2020
- Cleaning Guidelines for Non-emergency Transport Vehicles
- Mask Guidance
- COVID-19 Child Care Provider FAQs
- Arkansas Department of Health and Education Hotline 833-504-0155
- Use this hotline to report COVID-19 exposures and to ask questions
- To report a COVID-19 exposure, complete this form before calling
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 personnel, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, includes: emergency responders, health care providers, public health personnel, manufacturing workers, sanitation workers, child care and early childhood staff, and more.
- Assistance will be paid directly to the licensed child care provider and is only available for providers who participate in the voucher program. This funding will pay for the cost of care up to the amount paid by the State for voucher slots, as funding allows. Essential workers would be responsible for anything above that amount.
- COVID-19 Child Care Assistance for Essential Workers FAQs
- Employment Application Form
- Email completed applications to FamilySupport@dhs.arkansas.gov.
- To find participating child care centers, click here.
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:
- Effective March 27, 2020, DCCECE will provide additional funds through the Child Care Development Block Grant for child care facilities that remain open and provide care for CCDF voucher children until further notice. Financial increases to current vouchers include: $10 per infant/toddler, $7.00 per preschool age child, and $5.00 per school age/after school child
- Lump sum payments begin in April and will be dispersed through the Claims process. Attendance records must be provided upon request.
- School age children who are authorized during this period will be changed to full time at the request of the parent.
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.
- Join via phone: 301-715-8592 ID: 959 5436 3354
- Join by computer: Click Here ID: 959 5436 3354
- June 23, 2020 Child Care Call with Dr. Tumilson
- July 7, 2020 Child Care Call with Tim Cain and online Background Check System information
- August 11, 2020 Child Care Call with Janice Carter
- August 25, 2020 Child Care Call with Dr. Tumilson
Background Check Requirements During COVID-19
Using the New Online System
- Information and links about the online system
- New Criminal Background Check Form
- Child Maltreatment Central Registry Check Form
Using the paper version (no subscription)
- Click here to access the forms – scroll down to ‘Background Check Forms”
Resources and Information:
- FDA Warning About the Dangers of Hand Sanitizers with Methanol
- Child Care Guidance from the Department of Health
- Child Care Guidance from CDC
- Additional Information from the Arkansas Department of Health
- Covid-19 Screening Example
- CCDF Authorized Sign-In Representative Form
- EXAMPLE: Covid-19 Attendance Sheet
- ServSafe Information
- Remittance Report and Billing Review Options
COVID – 19 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:
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:
- Arkansas PBS is supporting home-based instruction by providing educational content for three specific grade bands (PK-2, 3-5, 6-8). Click here to learn more.
- Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) programs may utilize the Arkansas AMI guides in place of current AMI plans. Preschool providers are also encouraged to utilize these resources.
- AMI tools and resources for schools, children, and families
- Preschool programs should continue to partner with educational cooperatives and school districts to ensure children, age 3-5 with disabilities continue to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education. Special education guidance documents can be accessed on the DESE COVID-19 website at Considerations for Special Education Instruction.
- For weekly updates to the guides and resources, refer to the ADE Commissioner’s Memo: LS-20-097 http://adecm.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4361
INFORMATION REGARDING USDA WAIVERS:
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 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.
- Arkansas Special Nutrition Program
- Better Beginnings Program
- Child and Adult Care Food Program
- Child Care Information for Parents
- Child Care Information for Providers
- Child Care Licensing
- National School Lunch Program
- Placement and Residential Licensing
- Summer Food Service Program
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