Parent Education

Resource & Referral Service

Child Care Resource & Referral provides referrals only. We do not recommend or endorse any child care or particular child care setting. Choosing an appropriate child care setting that meets a family’s needs is the parent or guardian’s responsibility. CCR&R does not regulate or monitor child care. We work cooperatively with all child care providers/programs and do not discriminate in referrals based on race, sex, age, or national origin.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) is a community service that matches parents seeking child care with child care resources.

We encourage you to take advantage of our services by either stopping by one of our local offices or calling us with your requests. Our staff will take ten to fifteen minutes to gather information on your child care needs. Next, they will offer referrals that meet your needs.

We will provide you with:

• A detailed printout of each referral

• Vacancy check: You may request that we call individual child care providers to check for vacancies.

• A complete search based on specific criteria: For example, if your child has special needs, you may need twenty-four-hour care, etc. We will search our database according to those criteria.

• Answers to your questions: Should you have any questions regarding child care, we can provide you with those answers either in person or on the phone.


There are many different types of child care and early education programs.

  • Child Care Center means any childcare facility conducted under public or private ownership on a profit or nonprofit basis providing direct care and protection for children. Child Care Centers must meet minimum licensing requirements set by the Division of Child Care licensing unit.
  • Licensed Child Care Family Home is when children are cared for in a caregiver’s family residence or 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 time. A maximum of sixteen (16) children may be 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 family residence or some other suitable family type residence.
  • Out-of-School Time These facilities are regulated by the “Minimum Licensing Requirements for Out-of-School-Time Facilities.”  These facilities are center-based child care programs that care for school-age children only.
  • Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) is a state-funded preschool program for income-eligible 3 and 4-year-old children. You may find ABC Programs 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 that allows children to arrive earlier or stay later.
  • Head Start is a nationwide, federally funded program designed to foster the healthy development of young children for low-income families and launched in 1965 as a summer program to prepare children for school.


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Child Care for Businesses

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