Extension service to offer free program for child care providers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

HARRISON -- If you are an early childhood professional, foster parent, or early childhood educator and want to learn more about caring for young children, you may be interested in the Best Care program.

The two five-hour sessions will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m on Feb. 8 and March 8 at North Arkansas College John Paul Hammerschmidt Center.

"Sometimes it is difficult to find appropriate classes that are close to home and affordable," Leadra Martin, Carroll County extension agent -- family and consumer sciences, said.

Martin said classes are offered free of charge and are verified training through the Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways (TAPP) and supports the Better Beginnings Program.

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Association, is offering the training for early childhood professionals. The Best Care program will include 10 hours of lessons on topics such as building culturally-sensitive classrooms; getting our hearts right; higher order thinking skills; autism; picky eaters; playground safety; color me happy; and fun ways to teach math.

Classes are free; however, if you require CEUs, there is a small fee. Pre-registration is required.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information should notify the county extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.

To enroll in the classes, please visit goo.gl/Lk4Th or contact the Carroll County Extension Service in Berryville at 870-423-2958.

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