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DCCECE and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) are closely monitoring the situation related to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. At this time, DCCECE has not received notice to close child care and early childhood education programs.

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

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 cover the cost of child care for some essential workers in Arkansas.

          Essential Worker Child Care Assistance Application

          Essential Worker Child Care Assistance Application (Spanish)

         Traditional Child Care Assistance Application

Child Care Provider Frequently Asked Questions

New  Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings and Masks

Child Care Pandemic Requirements 2020

Temporary Fingerprint Processing Changes

Due to COVID-19, all DCCECE approved fingerprint check locations are closed. Arkansas Live Scan and other harvester locations will not satisfy the fingerprint requirement.  To temporarily meet the FBI background check requirement, the Purpose Code X Waiver Form 2020 must be included with your criminal background check packet.

Purpose Code X Waiver Form 2020

New Online Background Check System

It is finally here! The new system for Background Checks is up and running. Providers can now sign up for their own portal access in the Information Network of Arkansas (INA) to complete their background checks. Provider use of this system will be mandatory starting October 1, 2020; although, it is highly encouraged that all providers start using it now.

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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.  August Meeting Dates:  August 11th and 25th.

June 23, 2020 Child Care Weekly Call with Dr. Tumilson

July 7, 2020 Child Care Weekly Call with Tim Cain and updates about the online Background Check System

COVID - 19 Voucher Increase:

Absentee Day Information - Ended May 31, 2020

Helpful Links:


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.





Contact Information

Office Address Phone Email
Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education

700 Main Street Slot S-160
Little Rock, AR 72201-1473

Fax: 501-682-2317

Child Care Assistance

700 Main Street Slot S-145
Little Rock, AR 72203-1473

Fax: 501-683-0034

Child Care Licensing

700 Main Street Slot S-150
Little Rock, AR 72203-1473

Fax: 501-682-2317

Health and Nutrition Program

700 Main Street Slot S-155
Little Rock, AR 72203-1473

Fax: 501-682-2334

Program and Professional Development

700 Main Street Slot S-140
Little Rock, AR 72203-1473

Fax: 501-682-4897

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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