Child Care Licensing
Proposed Changes to Minimum Licensing Requirements
The Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, is proposing changes to the Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers, Child Care Family Homes, Out of School Time Facilities, and Registered Child Care Family Homes, to comply with legislation during the last two sessions and to clarify specific requirements. Links to a summary of changes and to all proposed Minimum Licensing Requirements for each regulation book are provided below. The proposed changes in each regulation book are highlighted in yellow.
At this time we are opening a thirty day public comment period that will end on September 4, 2018. If you have questions or wish to make comments please feel free to contact the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education in writing at P.O. Box 1437 Slot S-150 Little Rock, AR 72203. Your attendance is also welcome at the Public Hearing on August 14, 2018, from 1:00-3:00 PM at Darragh Center Auditorium at the Main Library at 100 Rock Street in Little Rock, AR 72201.
- Summary of Proposed Changes
- Proposed Registered Child Care Family Home Licensing Requirements
- Proposed Licensed Child Care Family Home Licensing Reuqirements
- Proposed Out of School Time Licensing Requirements
- Proposed Child Care Center Licensing Requirements
New Guidelines for Approved First Aid and CPR Training
The current minimum licensing requirements specify that the First Aid and CPR training must be provided by American Red Cross or American Heart Association certified trainers. This requirement will be revised during the next round of licensing standards revisions and will state the following three criteria for approved First Aid and CPR training.
- The curriculum shall conform with current American Heart Association or American Red Cross guidelines.
- The curriculum shall require hands-on, skill-based instruction, as well as written and practical testing. Training and certification that is provided solely “on-line” will not be accepted.
- The instructor shall be qualified and authorized to teach the curriculum and shall be certified by a nationally recognized organization.
Pending the revision to the minimum licensing standards, this change will be in effect immediately as it is consistent with the intent of the current standard.
The following companies, in addition to The American Red Cross and The American Heart Association, currently meet the new guidelines. (This is not an all-inclusive list)
This unit is responsible for the enforcement of the Child Care Licensing Act for registered child care family homes, licensed homes, licensed child care centers in Arkansas.
Minimum Licensing Requirements - Effective May 1, 2015
Please click on the PDF links below to access the newly revised Minimum Licensing and Registration Requirements for Child Care Centers, Child Care Family Homes, Registered Child Care Family Homes and Out-of-School Time facilities. Please note that the new revisions are highlighted in yellow.
The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education will mail a copy of the new requirements to all licensed centers and all licensed and registered homes no later than February 13, 2015. Please note that although the new requirements have an official effective date of January 1, 2015 listed on each booklet, enforcement of the new requirements will not begin until May 1, 2015. If you have any questions regarding the new requirements, please call your Licensing Specialist or the Child Care Licensing Main Office at 501-682-8590 or 1-800-445-3316.
Facilities operating "stand alone" school age programs, both before and after school programs and school age summer programs, will full under the new Out-of-School Time Minimum Licensing Requirements. (Facilities offering school age care as well as pre-school and/or infant/toddler care may choose the option of using the Out-of-School Time requirements, but would need to apply for a separate license to use these requirements.
- Child Care Center Licensing Requirements
- Licensed Child Care Family Home Licensing Requirements
- Out-of-School Time Licensing Requirements
- Registered Child Care Family Home Licensing Requirements
- 2015 FBI Criminal Record Background Check Form
Support and Information
- Child Safety
- Facility Safety
- Child Care Emergency Plan
- Transportation Safety
- Regulation Clarifications and Updates
- Placement and Residential Licensing
- Arkansas Immunization Information System | Arkansas Department of Health WEB
Types of Child Care Facilities and Programs
Registered Child Care Family Homes
These homes are regulated by the “Registered Child Care Family Homes”. These homes are registered to care for 5 or fewer children. These homes receive periodic unannounced monitors. Incentives: These homes are eligible to participate in state and federally funded programs.
These homes are regulated by the “Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Family Homes”. The Child Care Licensing Act requires a license for any home situation, arrangement, or agreement by which one (1) or more persons care for six (6) or more children from more than one (1) family at a time (this includes the caregivers own preschool children). A caregiver may choose keep up to 16 children, depending on the ages of children in care and the number of caregivers present. Health and fire department approvals are required if care is provided to 11 or more children. City zoning approval is required were applicable. Licensed home care may be provided in the licensee’s own home or another home like setting. Licensed homes receive periodic unannounced monitor visits. Incentives: These homes are eligible to participate in many of the state and federally funded programs.
Licensed Child Care Centers
These facilities are regulated by the “Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers”. The Child Care Licensing Act requires that facilities providing care to 6 or more children from more than one (1) family obtain a license (programs operating less than ten (10) hours a week are exempt). These facilities require health and fire department approval and are subject to city zoning. Incentives: These homes are eligible to participate in many of the state and federally funded programs.
Child Care Facility Licensing Forms and Support Materials
- Child Care License Application Form
- Arkansas Criminal Record Background Check Form
- 2015 FBI Criminal Record Background Check Form
- Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry Form
- Technical Assistance Packet | Child Personal Data, Accident Report, Attendance Record
- Evacuation Plan
- Appeal Panel Membership Application Form
- Health - Text4Baby Posters
- Health - Arkansas Sisters United Brochure
- Child Care Facility Licensing Act
Who to Contact
The following documents provide contact information for licensing assistance.
- Child Care Licensing Supervisors by County | Map
- For any assistance, please call 501-682-8590