Early Care and Education Projects


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

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, 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.

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


ECEP has exciting news and also somewhat sad news.

Our exciting news is ECEP will soon be welcoming another new baby! Michelle (Crain) Weise is on maternity leave as she and her husband have welcomed a new baby girl, Evelynn Grace. Mom and baby are doing great! We are all excited to see our ECEP family growing.

We are also excited that Dr. Sara Miller is now focusing full time on the new coaching project, Creating a Culture of Coaching in Early Child Care. This is an 18-month long research project to explore how coaching affects the culture in child care centers. Dr. Miller will no longer be acting as a training advisor. Jenny Dura and Jennifer Bowman will be the contact for trainers teaching The Growing Brain, Pre-K Social-Emotional Learning, and Young Athletes Curriculum.

The sad news is Cindy Hendricks has retired and is no longer with us. Her expertise in training and knowledge of the child care industry will be missed. We wish her well in all her future endeavors!

Look for updates in the ECEP News for new training advisors being added to the staff.


Professional Development Registry (PDR) Important Points

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Early Care and Education Projects
104 GRAS
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (800) 632-8754
Fax: (479) 575-2511
Email: ecepinfo@uark.edu