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COVID-19 Information


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

Earlier this year, the Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) shared that federal funds were available to help essential workers pay for child care during the public health emergency. We have reached the limit on available funding. After October 9, 2020, DCCECE will not be able to take new applications for essential worker child care.

If you have applied for assistance but have not been approved yet, your application will be saved in case more funds become available. If you are already getting assistance, it will continue to be available through December 31, 2020.

If you still need help with childcare, you may be eligible for regular child care assistance. Please  apply for the regular child care assistance program by visiting our website at www.arkansas.gov/childcare. That application and the sliding fee scale also are included here to help you. If you have more questions, please call the Child Care Assistance Unit at 501-682-8947.

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.  October 20th call has been canceled. Please join us for the next call starting the first Tuesday in November.

Previous Meetings:

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.


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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