Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education

Essential Worker Child Care Assistance

Help paying for child care is available regardless of income level if you are an essential worker in Arkansas. Learn more or begin the application below.

Families who are eligible for assistance receive free or reduced child care at approved state licensed providers. Families may choose a provider, but the provider must be a program participant. Click here to find child care.

Essential workers may include:

  • Child care staff
  • Teachers/Educators
  • Medical Professionals
  • Manufacturing Employees
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Food/Grocery Supply Chain
  • Sanitation/Public Works Staff
  • Frontline Government Employees

To apply: Complete an application using the links below and submit it along with the required documentation by email to EssentialWorker@dhs.arkansas.gov.

DCCECE Address

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

DCCECE Phone Number

501-682-8590
Fax: 501-682-2317

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