Parent Education

Resource & Referral Service

Child Care Resource & Referral provides referrals only. We do not recommend or endorse any type of child care or particular child care setting. Choosing an appropriate child care setting which meets a family’s needs is the responsibility of the parent or guardian. CCR&R does not regulate or monitor child care. We work cooperatively with all types of 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 which matches parents seeking child care with child care resources.

We encourage you to take advantage of our services by either stopping by our local office 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 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.

  • • Family Child Care – children are cared for in the home of the provider. Families choose this type of care because of the home setting, flexible hours, mix of ages and small group size.
  • • Child Care Centers – provide care for larger numbers of children for part or full day programs. Centers are organized to meet the needs of children and working families. They are usually open year round. Child Care Centers offer programs to a variety of age groups and vary in terms of educational philosophy, curriculum, costs and services.
  • • Nursery School or Preschool Programs – offer only part-time care, usually for children one to five years old. The children have an opportunity to socialize with other children their own age and engage in a variety of organized activities.
  • • Head Start – a child development program designed to promote the growth and development of children from low-income families. Children ages three to five years attend. Early Head Start provides learning and development services for families with children up to three years of age. Both Head Start and Early Head Start may be provided in a center or home-based setting.
  • •ABC – a program intended to serve educationally deprived children,ages birth through five years, excluding the required Kindergarten program. The Arkansas Better Chance For School Success Program is intended to serve children ages three and four years from families with gross income not exceeding 200% of the Federal poverty level. Eligibility requirements are listed at
  • • Drop-in Care Programs – provide short-term, back-up or immediate care for children.
  • • Before & After School programs – usually located in schools, child care centers, family child care homes, churches or other settings that offer child care. These programs generally provide care to kindergarten through sixth grade children before and after school, during school vacations and summer breaks.
  • • Special Needs – arrangements can be found in all types of child care. Contact us for information about programs and services available for your child.

Call the statewide hotline I-888-291-981 1 to be directed to your local CCR&R. You may also visit for more information.

Child Care for Businesses

Research shows that business leaders who invest in child care see increased recruitment and productivity, lowered turnover and absenteeism, and a great boom to their positive public image. Companies all over are finding that it is, in fact, good business to invest in child care.