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Child Care Information for Providers


The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) offers a variety of financial programs and resources to help providers offer quality early child care and education to the children they care for. 

The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act makes many important statutory changes that focus on reforming child care to better support the success of both parents and children in low-income families and to increase their access to healthy, safe, high quality child care.

Child Care Assistance Program (Vouchers)

Child Care providers who are licensed or registered by DCCECE and meet the requirements set by the State of Arkansas may participate in the CCDF Child Care Assistance Program. This program allows providers to accept voucher funds from parents who are wishing to place their children in quality child care facilities.

To apply:

Additional Information:

Nutrition Programs

The Arkansas Special Nutrition Programs include: Child & Adult Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program for Children, Special Milk, and National School Lunch. These programs are funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the state. Use the link below to learn more.

Behavior Help Program and Resources

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 your children, families, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Learn more about virtual BehaviorHelp or click here to submit a request for support.



Health and Safety

Several resources are available to help you keep the children you care for and your staff safe.

Important Forms and Documents

Arkansas Market Rate Review

DCCECE seeks to increase the quality of care provided throughout the state without harming the financial well-being of child care businesses. On their behalf, independent evaluators at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) prepared a series of cost models to identify impacts of potential regulatory and policy changes.

Arkansas Quality Incentive Rates

In 2014, DCCECE implemented a Quality Incentive Rate based on geographic location. Use these links to see the reimbursement rate for each service type and age type combination. Arkansas Urban counties are limited to Benton, Cleveland, Craighead, Crawford, Crittenden, Faulkner, Garland, Grant, Jefferson, Lincoln, Little River, Lonoke, Madison, Miller, Perry, Poinsett, Pulaski, Saline, Sebastian, & Washington. All other counties are designated as Rural.

Learn More about DCCECE's Family Support Unit

Arkansas CCDF State Plan

The 2019-2021 Arkansas CCDF State Plan DRAFT is available for review. ContactIvory.Daniels@dhs.arkansas.gov if you have any questions.


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