Welcome to Healthy Child Care Arkansas (HCCAR)!

We are a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) which aims to improve the quality of children's health in early child care settings by using best practice recommendations and evidence based information while training Child Care Health Consultants in topics related to the overall well-being of children.



It's Good to Know
Health and Safety Training Resources for Child Care - Video - Click here

Health and Safety Training Resources for Child Care - Handout - Click here


In the United States, every 4 seconds a child is treated for an injury in an emergency department.  For the latest health and safety standards for children, Click here.
Autism Speaks - Click here
Caring for Our Children, National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition - Click here for the online version.
Physical Activity and Screen Time - Video- Click here

Writing a Medication Administration Policy - Video - Click here

Care Plans for Children with Special Health Care Needs - Video - Click here

Family Connection Website - Click here

Water is best! - Video -  Check this out!

Eat Better, Eat Together - Click here

Oral health in early childhood is a must! 
For more information and to watch "A Tooth Brushing Program for Children," - Video - 
click here.
Tooth Brushing Brochure - click here

Mandated Reporter - PowerPoint by the Arkansas State Policie, Crimes Against Children Division - This information Includes 2015 Legislation. Click here.

Project PLAY – Promoting Social-Emotional Health and Positive Behavior- Video - Click here 
Introduction to Project Play - PowerPoint -
Click here                               
Social-Emotional Skills Needed for Kindergarten Readiness -
Click here.
Project PLAY - website - Click here.

Your Baby's Development - website - Click here

Caring for Children Who Are At-Risk - video - Click here
Family and Community Partnership Webinar C6: Partnering With Families Who are Coping With Adversity - Click here
Parent, Family and Community Engagement - Click here
The Role of Professional Child Care Providers In Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect – The US Department of Health and Human Services  - Click here
Zero to Three - Click here
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Division of Violence Prevention - Click here

Playing Outdoors - Video - Click here



We have created seven free online educational modules designed to help you understand challenging behaviors of children and to devise strategies to help decrease these behaviors.  Register for these modules by clicking on the Member Area/Online Training at the top of this page.  Each module offers TAPP credit.
Module 1:  Understanding Normal Development
Module 2:  Behavioral Principles (and what often makes them not work)
Module 3:  What might fuel challenging behaviors and how to do a  Functional Behavioral Assessment
Module 4:  First Line of Defense (getting your center ready)
Module 5:  How to do effective Time Out
Module 6:  What happens when a child goes for a medical evaluation or behavior problems?
Module 7:  How to talk to families about your concerns and Arkansas resources for your center

Spotting Autism in the Early Child Care Settings (SPAECS) OnlineTraining - Register for this free module by clicking on the Member Area/Online Training at the top of this page.  This module offers 6 hours of TAPP credit.  

Need training and technical assistance on topics like "Diversity in Children and Families" or Inclusion of Children with Disabilities?" 
Click here for more information.

Seven online courses are available on the TAPP registry for child care  providers:
"Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Early Education and Child Care" for 1 hour of TAPP credit
"Influenza Prevention and Control in Early Education and Child Care' for 1 hour of TAPP credit
"Medication Administration" for 2 hours of TAPP credit
"Preventing and Managing Infectious Diseases in Early Education and Child Care" for 3 hours of TAPP  credit
"Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Training for Arkansas Mandated Reporters" for 2 hours of TAPP credit
"Child Care Health Consultant/Child Care Health Specialist Review Course" - Register on TAPP

"Food Allergies"

"Arkansas State University Childhood Services is a community service outreach of the College of Education at ASU-Jonesboro. Childhood Services is charged with meeting the specialized professional development needs of early educators and staff of youth development programs..." Click here to go to the ASU Childhood Services website .

Click here to go to ASU online degree programs .

Helpful Information

2018 Immunization and Catch-up Schedules - Click here

How do I determine if a child needs a care plan in our child care center? If parents/guardians answer "yes" to any of these questions, then a care plan is needed for that child. Click here.

AETN Resource Guide for Preschool Teachers - Click here

Click here for the Signs of Communication Disorders Poster.

Managing Challenging Behaviors Action Plan and Support Resources in Arkansas

Available online! Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Early Care and Education.  Click here for a free, downloadable copy.

Latest edition of Model Child Care Health Policies - Click here to download a copy.

Hot Topics

What Head Start or Child Care Programs Need to Know About Zika Virus - Click here

What is the Period of PURPLE Crying? Help for parents and child care providers to understand this time in a baby's life - Click here                                                                                                                                                                                      

Protect Your Baby from Serious Diseases 

What you should know about Dog Bite Prevention

What you should know about safe sleep for infants

More information about safe sleep for infants

Swaddling is not necessary or recommended. - Click here

Question of the Month

What are the signs of autism?  Click here

When and how long do children with hand, foot, and mouth disease need to be excluded from child care? Click here.

How asthma-friendly is your child care setting?  Click here


ECCS Spotlight

Arkansas Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems

Healthy child development is the cornerstone of a vital and successful future for our society. Good health practices, particularly during early childhood, optimize the development of durable brain architecture, promoting a child’s ability to learn and to cope with challenges that make them productive adults.

An estimated 145,727 young children in Arkansas have parents who work full- or part-time.  This figure indicates that a considerable number of children in Arkansas spend substantial time in formal child care settings.  Such settings present an opportunity to promote health and behavior that will impact long-term health and development outcomes of children positively.

To learn more about ECCS click here.