HOW CAN I GET ASSISTANCE IN PAYING FOR CHILD CARE?
Child care assistance is available for low-income families who meet the following criteria:
- Child care is provided in a licensed or registered day care center or day care family home. In some cases: an approved relative or in-home provider may provide the care.
- Low income (A sliding fee scale is used).
- All adults must be employed at least 35 hours per week or be in school or a training pnogram full-time. The requirement may also be met by a combination of at least 35 hours of employment and school/training per week.
- Child support requirements must be met for any absentee parent.
For information about child care vouchers and assistance paying for child care in Arkansas, call toll-free around the state at 1-800-322-8176 or (501} 682-8947 in the Little Rock area. You may also download an Application for Child Care Assistance here.
Head Start Programs and Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) programs provide FREE preschool services for 3 and 4 year old children who meet the eligibility income guidelines. You can contact Child Care Connections Resource & Referral Agency for information regarding location and qualifications for Head Start and ABC programs.