Early Care and Education Projects


Enhancing the quality of care and education for young children throughout
Arkansas by providing professional development for early educators.

Who We Are

Early Care and Education Projects (ECEP), in conjunction with the Division of Child Care Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) within the Arkansas Department of Human Services, provides statewide training programs for early educators. Under the combined leadership of Dr. Bobbie Biggs and Dr. Deniece Honeycutt, the ECEP staff strives to provide the current and reliable training possible to early educators. More than 200 trainers throughout Arkansas deliver courses in a variety of locations including child care centers, public schools, vocational centers, technical institutes, community colleges, and other postsecondary education facilities.


The Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, has made changes to the Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers, Licensed 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 the updated Minimum Licensing Requirements for each regulation book are provided below. The new changes in each regulation book are highlighted in yellow.

For additional information click here or visit the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education website > Programs & Services > Child Care Licensing



There is a known, ongoing glitch right now in PDR in which the entered attendance is not showing the Participant's Training Transcripts. The PDR Admin Team at DCCECE is aware of the problem but unfortunately, does not have a timeline for when this issue will be fixed. At this time, there is nothing ECEP can do about missing transcript course attendance, as it is out of our hands.

However, in the meantime, if a participant requires proof of attendance for any ECEP course, then please contact Michelle Weise at mdcrain@uark.edu for a Verification of Hours form showing the attended dates and hours.

Please note that this glitch also includes non-ECEP courses.


Professional Development Registry (PDR) Important Points

  • Not Yet a Member in PDR?  Click here
  • Tips for a Smooth Application Process

Interested in Becoming an ECEP Trainer?  Click here


Need Professional Development Hours?  Request an ECEP Course for Your Childcare Center and Staff