Arkansas

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Parent Leader: Ben Hammond is the father of three children in child care and a volunteer Fire Marshal with the Sheridan Fire Department in Sheridan, Arkansas. Ben has been involved with life safety since 2000. His passion for life safety is driven by endless stories showing that fire prevention efforts continue to save lives. He presented a Child Care Aware® Parent Network webinar in October 2011 on Fire Safety and discussed fire prevention in child care and in residences. He was also featured in a CNN Money piece about the cost of child care.  

Governor: Mike Beebe (D)                                                                                                                 

Department of Licensing: Arkansas Department of Human Services

Additional State Resources:

We Can Do Better: Child care center licensing and oversight in Arkansas ranked 47th  in a ranking of all states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense. 

Leaving Children to Chance: Family child care home licensing and oversight in Arkansas ranked 28th in a ranking of all states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense. 

Arkansas's State Fact Sheet