Arkansas ChildCare Preschool Centers

We provide local listings of preschools and childcare centers in Arkansas. Continue below to search the list of local childcare centers in Arkansas. We have also listed the top cities in Arkansas on the right side of the page.

Finding Childcare and Preschools in Arkansas: A Comprehensive Guide for Parents

Navigating the world of childcare and preschool in Arkansas can sometimes feel overwhelming. This guide is designed to help you understand all of your options, including both private and state-subsidized programs.

State-Subsidized Options

Among the most beneficial options for Arkansas parents, are the state-subsidized programs that assist with the cost of quality childcare and preschool.

Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) Program

Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) is a state-funded program that serves children ages 3-5 whose families meet income eligibility guidelines. ABC provides high-quality educational experiences to enhance school readiness.

Child Care Assistance Program

The Child Care Assistance Program is another helpful resource for families in need. This program can help cover the cost of childcare for eligible families who work, attend school or job training, or participate in the Department of Human Services' TEA program.

Head Start

Head Start is a federal program that serves children from birth to age 5 from low-income families. The goal of the Head Start program is to promote healthy prenatal outcomes, enhance the development of infants and toddlers, and promote healthy family functioning.

How to Obtain State-Subsidized Childcare

If you think you may qualify for one of these programs, here are the steps you'll need to follow. 1. Determine your eligibility: Most programs base eligibility on family income levels, your child's age and your work or school schedule. 2. Gather necessary documentation: This can include pay stubs, school schedules, and more. 3. Apply through the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education or contact the specific program you're interested in.

Finding Private Childcare and Preschools in Arkansas

If you do not qualify for state-subsidized childcare, or if you prefer a private option, a great starting point is the Arkansas Department of Human Services' Child Care Provider Search. This tool allows you to search licensed childcare providers by location, hours, ages served, and more.

Choosing the Right Childcare Option

Every family has unique needs. Consider factors such as the location, hours, cost, and the philosophy of the potential childcare provider. Always remember to visit potential childcare centers or preschools, observe the environment, ask questions, and check references or reviews.


With the numerous childcare and preschool options in Arkansas, hopefully, this guide has given you a good starting point. As always, remember to do your research and trust your instincts when it comes to choosing the best fit for your child.

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