Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

How to Choose Child Care

  • This article from the Center for Effective Parenting, a partnership between Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, outlines the pros and cons of group care, in-home care and family child care:
  • Arkansas Better Beginnings also provides a directory of child care centers in the state. To help you find high quality child care centers, Better Beginnings rates centers with one, two, or three stars.  Three stars is the highest rating and is based on continuing education requirements of staff, curriculum, and schedule development. This link provides a directory of child care providers.  Select your zip code and city or county.  You can also select Arkansas Better Beginnings levels one, two, or three as part of your search.
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State Standards

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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