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.  More than 200 trainers throughout Arkansas deliver courses in a variety of locations, including childcare centers, public schools, vocational centers, technical institutes, community colleges, and other post-secondary education facilities.




The below MLR's are the most current version from the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, effective January 1, 2020. The latest revisions are highlighted in yellow. Please check the publication date on the cover page at your center or home and ensure that it's the newest version.

Visit the Division's website for more info.

(added January 2020)

Everyone at Early Care and Education Projects and throughout the College of Education and Health Professions and the University of Arkansas is both happy and sad to announce the retirement of Dr. Bobbie Biggs from her position at ECEP and as a professor with the Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resource and Communication Disorders effective January 1, 2020. Dr. Biggs' leaving marks the end of an era for ECEP. She saw the value and need for quality education and care for Arkansas' children, and so began her endeavor to fulfill this need with job-embedded sustained professional development for those who work closest to these young children by founding Early Care and Education Projects.

Dr. Biggs has submitted 50 grants since 1976, with 43 awarded for a total of more than $15 million. Most of these grants involved curriculum, training, or both, and all were competitive except those less than $20,000, which were a sole-source contract. She has published more than 160 articles, chapters, papers, reports, newsletters, curriculum guides, and content standards since 1982. Dr. Biggs has taught 13 undergraduate and 20 graduate courses and has advised more than 125 students in writing dissertations, educational specialist projects, and theses since 1976. She has coordinated training activities for approximately 500 trainers while working through 40 different educational institutions and agencies over the years. Dr. Biggs has served on multiple boards and committees across the state and has received numerous awards and honors during this time.

We extend good wishes to Dr. Biggs in her new undertakings and appreciate the support she has provided ECEP during her tenure. We are indebted to her vision and commitment, which has propelled us to our present position in the industry. Her work has assured our success for many more years to come!

(added January 2020)


There is still an ongoing glitch right now for older classes in PDR, in which the entered attendance is not showing on the Participant's Training Transcripts.  The PDR Admin Team at DCCECE is aware of the problem but, unfortunately, does not have a timeline for resolving this issue.  At this moment, there is nothing ECEP can do about missing transcript course attendance because it is out of our hands.

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

Please note this glitch also includes non-ECEP courses.

(added August 2019)

All ECEP courses are registered on the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) website. But first, you must be a member of PDR.

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