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.





"One Team, One Dream" - May 28-29, 2015, Embassy Suites Hotel, Little Rock, AR - This two day conference will provide practical information and stimulating discussion on how to enhance and improve daily functioning of a child with autism at home and at school. It will also highlight how families, educators and medical professionals who provide care for children with autism can work together to promote the well-being of these children.  Click here for more information.

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.

Family Connection Website - Click here

Water is best!  Check this out!

Eat Better, Eat Together Month - click here for more information.

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


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

Three Online Courses are available on the TAPP registry for child care providers:                                                                                                                                                                          "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


Click here for the Signs of Communication Disorders Poster.

Managing Challenging Behaviors Action Plan and Support Resources in Arkansas

Now available! The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) is pleased to announce the release of Caring for Infants and Toddlers in Early Care and Education (I/T).  Click here for a free, downloadable copy of this new 2014 edition.

For the link to the latest edition of Model Child Care Health Policies published in October 2013 - Click here to download a copy.

Hot Topics:

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.

Spotting Autism in the Early Child Care Settings (SPAECS) Web Based Training is here!!!!! Click here for details.

Click on the following links to see the immunization requirements including flu for the following groups.
Immunizations for Babies from Birth to Age 2          
Immunizations for Children, Pre-teens, and Teens           
Immunizations for Adults

Protect Your Baby from Serious Diseases 

Dog bite prevention

What you should know about Dog Bite Prevention

Safe Sleep

What you should know about safe sleep for infants

More information about safe sleep for infants

Free course for early education and child care providers - "Reducing the Risk of SIDS in Early Education & Child Care"

Question of the Month

March 2015 - What should our center's policy be regarding the administration of acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil)?

February 2015 - How do we manage difficult behaviors in children in our child care center?

January 2015 - Are there alternatives to bleach for sanitizing and disinfecting in child care centers?

December 2014 - Tis the Season for Toys... What's Safe?  What's Not? 

        It is also the season for holiday eating. Click here for What should you know about food safety?

November 2014 - Reading Books in Early Childhood? Let’s do it!

October 2014 - What is Enterovirus D68?

                          For the Enterovirus Poster click here.

September 2014 - Should children or care providers with herpes simplex be excluded from child care?



Pertussis – Treatment, immunization, and exclusion guidelines

Reading  labels to ensure a food product is free of allergy-causing ingredients like milk, nuts, soy, fish, etc.