We all want our children to learn and grow in healthy, safe early care and education programs.  At Healthy Child Care Arkansas, we know that teachers and caregivers feel a huge responsibility to protect the children in their care.  And we are here to help you!  Whether learning about asthma care plans, or designing a safe environment, teaching children about germs and illness or keeping ourselves well – we can direct you to the resources that you need.  Check back with our website frequently for new content!

Share with families!  Newly revised "A Parent’s Guide to Choosing Safe and Healthy Child Care” from The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education.   

Who can I call if I have health and safety questions?

When can a child with strep throat return to care?  What do I need to put in my first aid kit?  A trained HCCAR child care nurse consultant is available Monday-Friday to answer questions about health and safety.  Call 501-526-8737 or email hccar@uams.edu.

For training, check out our calendar for live training, coordinated through your local Child Care Aware resource and referral agency, or go to our online training page for free, PDR-approved courses to take anywhere, anytime.
Which Sources Can I Trust?

We are bombarded daily with cures and diets, with advice from social media, the internet and others.  How do I know that the information can be trusted?  At HCCAR, we use the acronym U.C.A.R.E to assess health sources:  Health information should be Understandable, Current, Accurate, Respectful, and Evidence-based.  Here are some of the primary sources that we depend on:

Caring for our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs  is available free online.  Planning a safe play area?  Writing policies for dealing with ill children?  You can search for best practice standards that you can use.  Why not aim for the best!  

To stay up-to-date on Arkansas happenings, check out the AR DHS Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education and Better Beginnings.  The Arkansas Department of Health has information on infectious disease outbreaks, emergency preparedness, or environmental health.