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COVID-19 Health and Education Hotline
from The Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Childcare and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE)
The DCCECE staff has been working at the Arkansas Health and Education Hotline to answer incoming calls from child care centers who are experiencing COVID-19 related issues. The Hotline staff can guide providers through the next steps they need to take when they’ve had a positive case or a probable close contact.
If providers need help or have had a positive case, please call the Arkansas Health and Education Hotline at 1-833-504-0155.
New Background Check System for Arkansas Child Care Providers
from The Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Childcare and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE)
Attention Arkansas Early Care and Education Leaders,
It is finally here! The new system for Background Checks is up and running. Providers can now sign up for their own portal access in the Information Network of Arkansas (INA) to complete their background checks. Provider use of this system will be mandatory starting October 1, 2020; although, it is highly encouraged that all providers start using it now.
Below are two letters for you to read and use. The first is for early childhood education/child care providers and the other is for residential and placement providers. Starting Monday, July 6th, please share this information broadly with your team and networks by email, website, social media, etc. Refer to the DHS Background Check Website for any questions about the background check system.
Additional Federal Child Care Funding to Help Centers Essential Workers
Providers given new pandemic procedures today to ensure safety
(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)—Funding is now available to help licensed child care centers cover costs associated with the COVID-19 outbreak and to cover child care costs for some essential workers in Arkansas, a group of State Legislators and the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) announced Friday.
“Safe and high-quality child care is critically important to families trying to get back to work and to our economy as a whole,” said DHS Deputy Director for Children and Families Keesa Smith. “This funding will help address the safety and economic issues for child care that have arisen as a result of this pandemic, and the enhanced safety procedures will help assure parents that we at DHS are committed to protecting children.”
The DHS Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) issued additional pandemic procedures to licensed child care providers today aimed at stopping the spread. The guidance follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arkansas Department of Health recommendations and requires screening for all individuals (staff, children, and families) entering a facility and prior to transporting; limiting group size to 10 or less, including staff and children; requiring staff to wear masks; serving individual rather than family-style meals, and more frequent handwashing and sanitation.
These precautions are in addition to regular licensing requirements related to infectious disease. DCCECE also outlined how federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding of over $41 million in Child Care Development Block Grant funds will be used to:
- Support licensed providers so they can remain open or re-open as appropriate through
continued supplemental voucher payments through August, to coincide with school start
dates. Estimated $15 million
- Child care providers will get an additional $10 per infant/toddler, $7 per preschool, and $5 school-age/out of school time care for children receiving federal child care assistance.
- One-time supplemental maintenance payment for licensed providers open March 13 and that have remained open through May.
- Funding is based on licensed capacity and quality-level programs.
- Providers do not need to take any action. DHS will process and send payments for all providers open during this time. Re-opening providers should contact their licensing specialist.
- Help licensed child care providers cover costs of cleaning and sanitizing facilities
to ensure safety and meet required pandemic protocols. Estimated $8 million
- Reimbursement for actual costs of deep cleaning and sanitization after programs are advised by the Arkansas Department of Health that they must close.
- One-time payment for so centers can meet new pandemic procedures for safe operations, including social distancing requirements in the building and while offering transportation, masks for staff, and screening processes.
- Funding is based on licensed capacity and quality level-programs and will be available for licensed providers who remain open or re-open between May 4 and August 31, 2020.
- Providers should contact their licensing specialist to make this request.
- Provide short-term child care assistance to essential workers. Federal requirements
made it clear that essential workers should be able to access this support regardless
of income (as funds allow). The funds would be payments to a qualified child care
provider that accepts vouchers – not to the workers themselves. Estimated $18 million
- Essential personnel, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, includes but is not limited to emergency responders, health care providers, public health personnel, manufacturing workers, sanitation workers, child care and early childhood staff, and individuals involved in the food supply chain during the pandemic.
- The vouchers will be paid during the public health emergency. Payments would cover the full cost of child care during that time as funding allows.
- Applications will be processed and approved in the order received, and assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- A simplified application can be found here. Completed applications should be sent to FamilySupport@dhs.arkansas.gov.
“Child care and early childhood programs in Arkansas are committed to doing everything they can to support families and keep children safe, as evidenced by their willingness to remain open during this difficult time,” said DCCECE Director Tonya Williams. “DHS is excited to support those efforts and to ensure funding is available for those essential workers who need it.”
DCCECE licenses about 2,000 child care centers in Arkansas. Of those, more than half have remained open during the public health emergency.Arkansas Department of Human Services
700 S Main St
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203
TDD: (501) 682-8820
Better Beginnings is the statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) which is managed by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. It operates by connecting Arkansas families with information and guidance that helps their children experience a safe, happy, healthy childhood.
Better Beginnings improves the level of quality in child care and early childhood education for all licensed center-based programs and licensed/registered family child care programs across the state. It functions as a voluntary three-tier system that evaluates programs along five component areas: 1) Administration, 2) Administrator and Staff Qualifications and Professional Development, 3) Learning Environment 4) Environmental Assessment, and 5) Child Health and Development. The requirements of Better Beginnings are aligned with Arkansas' early learning guidelines and core competencies for professionals.
- Visit the Better Beginnings website for much more info that parents, families, providers, and teachers can all use
- View the state profile of Better Beginnings from Quality Compendium for a complete comprehensive report
- Remember to look for the Better Beginnings star ratings when searching for local child care providers in Arkansas
Please note that Better Beginnings is currently implementing the addition of three new levels—Levels 4, 5, and 6, to its program. The official launch date for this has not been announced.
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) provides a framework for building strong early care and education systems within states. With its increased focus on data collection, QRIS can be a powerful policy tool to transform early childhood education. These state systems can be designed for use by all types of early childhood programs—child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start programs, and school-based preschool programs. States can make participation entirely voluntary, or they can make participation mandatory for certain providers, such as those that accept public funding or all programs that are licensed to operate in the state.
QRIS is necessary because only 10% of early childhood providers across the US are considered high quality, with children from low-income families and minority families more likely to be in lower-quality care. QRIS offers a framework to:
- Increase the availability of high-quality programs
- Deliver ongoing professional development and quality improvement supports to providers
- Strengthen parent understanding of program quality and the importance of high-quality child care and preschool
ATTENTION ALL ARKANSAS CHILD CARE PROFESSIONALS:
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.
Minimum Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers revised 01/01/2020
Minimum Licensing Requirements for Licensed Child Care Family Homes revised 01/01/2020
Minimum Licensing Requirements for Out-of-School Time Facilities revised 01/01/2020
Minimum Licensing Requirements for Registered Child Care Family Homes revised 01/01/2020
Vistit the Division's website for more info.
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Share My Lesson free lessons plans by education level from pre-k to high school
Your Child's Development: Age-Based Tips from Birth to 36 Months from ZERO TO THREE
Arkansas Academic Standards
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
English Language Arts
English Language Arts Resources
Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
Literacy Learning Progressions
New Meridian Resource Center
Parents' Guides to Student Success from the National PTA
Arkansas curriculum and supplemental publications
Comprehensive Curricula a list of Arkansas approved early childhood curriculum
Arkansas Workforce Knowledge and Competencies (WKC) for Early Care and Education Professionals
Books and Movement: A Magical Mix (BAMMM!)
Connecting Literature and Math (CLAM) supports teachers by providing math to children aged 3 to 5, aligned with Arkansas CDELS
Connecting with Infants a curriculum for children birth to 18 months, aligned with Arkansas CDELS
Creative Adventures with Literature (CAL) literature and art supplement for teachers of children ages 3 to 5, aligned with Arkansas CDELS
Infant and Toddler Family Connection activities that connect infants and toddlers to their child care setting and their families
Picture This: A Framework for Quality Care and Education for Children from Three to Five
Picture This: A Framework for Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers
Strategies and Activities: Infant Toddler aligned with Arkansas CDELS
Strategies and Activities: Preschool aligned with Arkansas CDELS
The Family Connection activities that connect children ages 3 to 5 to their classroom and their families
The Very Hungry Caterpillar storytelling patterns
Rules Governing the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) Program October 2012
ABC Program Manual July 2019 clarification of the promulgated ABC Rules & Regulations of October 2012
Birth through Prekindergarten Teaching Credential checklist and application
Infant Toddler Certificate checklist and application
Licensing Support for Early Care Professionals
Technical Assistance Packet
Frequently Asked Questions About Brain Development from ZERO TO THREE
Caring For Our Children (CFOC)
Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University a multidisciplinary team committed to driving science-based innovation in policy and practice
Child Development Associate Credential™ (CDA) from the Council for Professional Recognition
4 Art Projects for Parents and Toddlers
Early Childhood News Classroom Ideas
Free Activities for Early Childhood Education and Development
Single Portion Play Dough Recipe
Tips and Tools on Play from ZERO TO THREE
Communicating With Baby: Tips and Milestones From Birth to Age 5 from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Developmental Milestones for children ages 2 months to 5 years (print the checklists)
Ear Infections and Language Development brochure 2000 edition from the National Center for Early Development and Learning
How Does Your Child Hear and Talk? from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Infant Hearing in Arkansas info from the Arkansas Dept of Health
Learn the Signs. Act Early program for tracking children's development from the CDC
Your Baby's Hearing and Communicative Development Checklist from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
All About the IEP a parent's guide to creating a plan for a child's special education
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related information and technical assistance
Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network fact sheet
Autism Data Visualization Tool view estimates and demographics at national, state, and community levels
Autism Spectrum Disorder from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network
Autism Spectrum Disorder additional articles and key findings from the CDC
Birth Defects data and statistics from the CDC
Boardmaker® software to create print and materials for special education needs
Care Plan for a Child with Special Needs in Child Care Explanation
Care Plan Checklist for Children with Special Needs
Center for Parent Information and Resources
Developmental Disabilities tools and resources from the CDC
Early Intervention Day Treatment (EIDT) an Arkansas Medicaid Program for children ages birth to 21. EIDT is the successor program of CHMS and DDTCS in Arkansas
First Connections an Arkansas program under IDEA designed for families and children, ages birth to 3, with special needs
First Signs© educating families and professionals about the early signs of autism and related disorders
iCAN Arkansas' statewide Assistive Technology program
IDEA from the US Dept of Education's Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Office of Special Education Programs for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities ages birth to 21
Part C of IDEA early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, and their families
Special Education Guide how to become a special education teacher in Arkansas
Special Olympics Young Athletes™ from Special Olympics Arkansas
Types of Developmental Disabilities from the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas a non-profit organization that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities
Wrightslaw information, laws, and advocacy about children's disabilities for parents and educators
Arkansas Children's for Community, Family and Child Health
Arkansas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) the special supplemental nutrition program from the Arkansas Dept of Health
ARKids First a health insurance program for children in Arkansas through DHS
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 8th edition from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Healthy Child Care from the American Academy of Pediatrics
KidsHealth from Nemours
Medicaid and CHIP in Arkansas (Children's Health Insurance Program) view documents and info relevant to these programs in Arkansas
MyPlate ideas and tips to help create a healthier eating style that meets individual needs from the USDA
EPA Environmental Kids Club
Izaak Walton League of America
Keep America Beautiful
National Audubon Society
National Wildlife Federation
USDA Forest Service
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Wildlife Habitat Council
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Arkansas Forestry Commission
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
Arkansas Urban Forestry Council
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
Children & Nature Network
Green Hearts, Institute for Nature in Childhood
Natural Learning Initiative
Nature Works Everywhere
Poisonous and Nonpoisonous Plant Guide
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) promoting high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research
Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment (pdf version)
Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)
Early Childhood Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluation
Learning and Development Resources for Families
Caring for Our Children (CFOC) National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Early Care and Education
Programs (4th edition)
most up-to-date source
COVID-19 Questions-CFOC Crosswalk
Chapter 184.108.40.206: Care for Children with Food Allergies
Chapter 220.127.116.11: Informing Staff Regarding the Presence of Toxic Substances
Chapter 18.104.22.168: Drop-off and Pick-up
Chapter 7: Infectious Diseases
Appendix J: Selecting an Appropriate Sanitizer or Disinfectant
National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) a multi-tiered system of support to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to 5
New America indispensable policies and practices for high-quality pre-K
aha! Process, Inc.
American Psychological Association
Children's Defense Fund
Commonway Institute for Societal Transformation
Communication Across Barriers
Facing History and Ourselves
The National Association for Multicultural Education
National Center for Children in Poverty
Teaching for Change
Association for Early Learning Leaders formerly known as the National Association of Child Care Professionals
Project Play Positive Learning for Arkansas' Youngest from UAMS
Games to Play with Toddlers 2002 revised edition by Jackie Silberg
125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos 2012 revised edition by Jackie Silberg
125 Brain Games for Babies 2012 revised edition by Jackie Silberg
Simple Steps: Developmental Activities for Infants, Toddlers, and Two-Year Olds 1999 by Karen Miller
The GIANT Encyclopedia of Transition Activities for Children 3 to 6 2005 by Kathy Charner
R.E.A.C.H. Reaching Educators and Children from UAMS
Rehabilitative Services for Persons with Mental Illness (RSPMI) revised 1/1/2016 from the Arkansas Dept of Human Services
ChildSafe Kit request a free kit, a must-have for all parents
Period of PURPLE Crying® from the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
Play Safe info about toy safety from The Toy Association, Inc.
Safe Kids Worldwide protecting kids from unintentional injuries
U.S. Safety Standards safety rules and regulations in the toy industry
You Can Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome from the Arkansas Dept of Health
Safe to Sleep® Campaign website from the National Institutes of Health
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website
Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices
Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Preschool Program 2nd edition
The Incredible Years
Skillstreaming in Early Childhood (revised edition)
Tools of the Mind® helping children become intentional and reflective learners, by creating a classroom in which instruction reflect children's learning capacity, rather than age-level expectations
Storyline Online stream videos featuring celebrated actors reading children's books alongside creative illustrations
ABC Recording Form
Complete Guide to Positive Behavior Support
Functional Assessment Interview Form
How to Make a Visual Schedule
Routine Based Support Guide
Teaching Classroom Rules
Teaching Tools practical strategies for teachers to create a plan for supporting young children with challenging behavior
TEACH Early Childhood® National Center creating a professional, educated and fairly compensated early childhood education workforce
TEACH Arkansas Scholarship Program a licensed program of the Child Care Services Association and administered by the Arkansas Early Childhood Association
TEACH Arkansas Programs Level Up brochure from the Arkansas Early Childhood Association
The Toy Association™ a unifying force for members’ creativity, responsibility, and global success, advocating for their needs and championing the benefits of play
TIPS for Great Kids! website useful, practical info for parents that leads to successful outcomes for children ages birth to 5 years from UAMS
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