For the Parent

These links are potential resources for the parents and families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Please email ecep@uark.edu for any questions, issues, or for more info regarding the content on this page.

Search for licensed child care providers in Arkansas from the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.


2020 Arkansas's Profile data from the State of Babies Yearbook showing how infants, toddlers, and their families are faring in Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences so to foster healthy brain development

10 Prop Box Ideas mini learning centers at home from the NAEYC

A Brain Smart® Start For Our Day a free printable guide provided by Conscious Discipline®

A Parent's Guide to Choosing Safe and Healthy Child Care (July 2019) from the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

ABCmouse.com (first 30 days free!) a subscription-based online educational environment that provides an engaging curriculum to assist early learners to succeed in pre-K, kindergarten, and early elementary school programs

America's Test Kitchen KIDS a new generation of empowered cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters

Arkansas Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) 2020 home-based instructional resources and grade-appropriate learning guides from the Arkansas Department of Education

Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)

Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education

Arkansas Department of Health (ADH)

2019 Guide to Programs and Services
Child and Adolescent Health
Helpful Phone Numbers
Is There Lead in My Drinking Water? tips for protecting your families health
Swimming Pools and Related Facilities

Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) Programs and Services

Arkansas Family Literacy Partnership a model for building a link between parent's education and children's academic success

Arkansas Financial Assistance Programs find how to get access in all cities across Arkansas with rent assistance, help with paying utilities, food, health care and medical bills, and other financial aid

 Arkansas Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklist for Parents (KRIC)
(English)  (Eng. interactive)  (Spanish)  (Sp. interactive)

Arkansas Resources from Child Care Aware

Arkansas School Performance Report Cards from the Arkansas Department of Education

Arkansans on Medicaid

ARKids First  a health insurance program providing coverage for more than 70,000 children across Arkansas covering well-child checkups, eye exams, dental checkups, and more

Better Beginnings connecting families with info and guidance to help their children experience a safe, happy, healthy childhood by improving the level of quality in child care and early childhood education across Arkansas

Child Care that Works for Your Family everything families need to know about child care from Child Care Aware

Child Mind® Institute

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Is Your Chlid Ready for Kindergarten?
Managing Disruptive Behaviors
Parenting Challenges
Parenting Styles
Preschoolers: Tips for Supporting Learning at Home
Supporting vs Enabling
Why Self-Care is Essential to Parenting

Children’s Museum of Manhattan professional development programs available to parents, educators, childcare providers, and healthcare professionals as a means to share and reinforce learning with children and their families who may not be able to visit in person

Common Sense Media the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century

Communicating With Baby: Tips and Milestones From Birth to Age 5 from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ConnectCare an Arkansas Medicaid program that assists Medic­aid and ARKids First families set up a Medical Home by helping them find a doctor/primary care provider and dental care

Conscious Discipline® a proven, comprehensive approach that empowers parents with skills that create a safe, connected, problem-solving environment for families

Curricula Concepts promoting positive relationships between educators, children, and their families in Arkansas

Developmental Milestones for ages 2 months to 5 years old from the CDC  (download or print the checklists)

Ear Infections and Language Development brochure (2000 edition) from the National Center for Early Development and Learning

Elevating Child Care featuring many great articles for families from the Janet Lansbury website

Empowering Parents resources from Arkansas PBS to help parents on their parenting journey

Family Resources from the National PTA® offers a variety of info from COVID-19 to family guides, state assessments, special education, and more

Family Tools from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

First Connections (program overview to download or print) provides support and services at no cost for Arkansas families with infants or toddlers (up to age 3) with certain levels of developmental delay or a diagnosed condition likely to result in developmental delay

For Families find research-based resources, tips, and ideas for families from the NAEYC—from child development to reading, writing, music, math, and more!

Getting Ready for School · Children · Families · Schools · Communities in Arkansas (August 2019)
prepared by the Arkansas Economic Development Institute for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education

Grand Plan for Grandparents resources for grandparents who regularly provide child care to their grandchildren

Guides for Parents a collection covering a broad range of topics, with step-by-step assistance, to help families make informed choices

Hand in Hand Parenting helping parents when parenting gets hard by supporting them to relieve stress and providing insights and skills needed to listen to and connect with children in a way that allows each child to thrive

Helpful Links for Parents a variety of topics from School Webmasters

How Asthma-Friendly Is Your Child Care Setting? use this checklist from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to find out how well your child care setting assists children with asthma

How Does Your Child Hear and Talk? from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Infant Hearing in Arkansas info from the Arkansas Department of Health

Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care from the National Center for Healthy Housing

Learn the Signs. Act Early a program for tracking children's development from the CDC

Learning Activities for Teachers and Parents from Gwen Jackson

Learning at Home more than 1000 free resources from Lakeshore® to assist parents in helping children learn and play at home

Message in a Backpack™ fun ways to build your child’s literacy skills while doing laundry together from the NAEYC

MouthHealthy™ from the American Dental Association® (ADA)

Dental Health for Children
Find Free or Reduced Cost Dental Care for Your Child
View Shopping List of ADA® approved mouth care products for kids

My Child/My Student (2019-2020 Schedule of Topics) a public awareness campaign from the Arkansas Department of Education designed to encourage positive and productive communication between parents and teachers

My School Info a tool from the Arkansas Department of Education allowing the public to search and compare public schools and districts across Arkansas

My Wishing Heart a social story

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) promoting high-quality learning by connecting practice, policy, and research

Parent Favorites a collection of ZERO TO THREE's highest trending resources for parents

Parent Toolkit a one-stop resource for parents covering almost every aspect of your child’s development produced by NBC News Learn and supported by Pearson

Parenting Tools and Other Info from ZERO TO THREE

Parents for Healthy Schools (Oct 2019) from the CDC a guide for getting parents involved from K-12

Parent's Guide to Developmental Milestones from the Child Mind® Institute

PBS KIDS for Parents free access to media content and community-based experiences that support learning for young children

Resources for Families info from Child Care Aware regarding child care, parenting, child development, and children's health, safety, and well-being from the nation's leading experts

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic from the Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.

R.I.S.E. Arkansas (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence)
a statewide campaign about the importance of reading in homes, schools, and communities, with a variety of resources to assist parents with reading at home from the ADE Division of Elementary and Secondary Education

Safe to Sleep® from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Scholastic Learn at Home day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing

Story Online® stream videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations

The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need to Help Families Stay Regulated from Psychology Today

The Parent's Guide to Google Classroom a presentation guide from Google

Think Babies™ bringing nationwide attention to what babies and families need to thrive from ZERO TO THREE

Your Baby's Hearing and Communicative Development Checklist from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Your Child's Development: Age-Based Tips from Birth to 36 Months handouts from ZERO TO THREE featuring “what to expect,” FAQ, research summary, and info about common parenting challenges for each age and stage

Your Medical Home brochure from the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care

ZERO TO THREE ensuring that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life by helping to provide society with the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential


The below links are potential resources for the parents and families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The use or mention of any of these sponsoring sites or publications does not imply an endorsement by Early Care and Education Projects or the University of Arkansas.