WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE IN CENTER BASED, FAMILY HOME, REGISTERED HOME; ABC, HEAD START?

Child Care Center means any Child Care Facility conducted under public or private ownership on a profit or nonprofit basis providing direct care and protection for children. Child Care Centers musl meel minimum licensing requirements set by the Division of Child Care licensing unit.

A Child Care Family Home is defined as a situation in which children are cared for in a caregiver’s own family residence or in some other suitable family type residence. A home requires licensing when one {1} or more persons care for six (6) or more children, from more than one (1) family at the same lime. A maximum of sixeen (16) children maybe cared for with a Child Care Family Home license.

Registered Child Care Family Home is allowed in which five (5) or fewer children are cared for in the caregiver’s own family residence or in some other suitable family type residence.

Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) is a state funded preschool program for income eligible 3 and 4 year old children. ABC Programs may be found in any licensed child care facility, community organization, or school district. ABC Programs operate on a 7 hour day, 170 days per year schedule. Some programs have wrap-around child care thai allows children to arrive earlier or stay later.

Head Start is a nationwide, federally funded, program designed to foster healthy development of young children from low-income families. Launched in 1965 as a summer program lo prepare children for school. Head Slarl in Arkansas has grown to serve over 11.000 children, birth to five, arid their families in all 75 counties in Arkansas.