Child Care Training and Workshops

Professional Development Opportunities sponsored by the Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. Websites open in new windows.

Arkansas 4H After School Program | Website

Raining for caregivers in an after school setting that target rural areas and those that provide care in summer programs.  Topics include:  youth development, hands on learning techniques, life skills development, discipline, health, nutrition, and program management.  Contact 501-671-2000.

Arkansas Children's Program Administrator Certificate/Credential | Website

A 60-hour course with topics that include:  effective organization management, supervision, staffing, legal and financial management, family and community relations, and program development issues.  The Credential is a more individualized program with modules covering topics such as:  managing change, mentoring, leadership, performance management, team building, and leadership in diversity, managing conflict, financial management, and child-centered curriculum.  Contact 800-322-8176 or 870-972-3055.

Arkansas Women's Business Development Center (ARWBDC)

Offers specialized training seminars and one-on-one sessions to support long and short term business counseling and guidance in starting a child care business.  This is available to 23 counties in the Delta.  Contact 888-535-6233.

Birth-Prekindergarten Teaching Credential's

For more information or to make comments, please email Paige Cox at paige.cox@arkansas.gov.

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Rules Governing the Requirements and Procedures for Obtaining an Arkansas Birth through Prekindergarten Teaching Credential Act 187 of 2009 PDF
Birth-Prekindergarten Teaching Credential Application ​PDF

Business Management Training | Website

Business management sessions are held through out the state to encourage child care providers to implement good business practice in their small businesses. Contact the UALR Small Business Development Center at 501-324-9043 or1-800-862-2040.

Caregiver Certificate Program | Website

Consists of 6 courses, each 15 hours in length.  The Certificate is awarded after completion of the following courses:  Health and Safety, Guidance and Behavior Management, Creative Activities, Child Development Birth to Three, Child Development Three to Five, and Child Development Five to Eight.  Contact 800-632-8754.

Child Care Orientation Training (CCOT) | Website

A 10-hour orientation course for people that are new to the field of early child care.  Contact 800-632-8754.

Child Care Specialist Certificate | Website

60-hours addressing the specific professional development needs of differing age groups:  infant/toddler, preschool, school-age, or family child care. Contact 800-322-8176 or 870-972-3055.

Director Training | Website

A three day session to prepare new directors of child care programs, also appropriate for seasoned directors as a refresher course.  Sessions deal with management, administration, quality programming and communication with staff, children and parents.  Training is required for all new child care directors.

Elements of Successful Grant Writing

Training offered to early care professionals in the following 3 topics:  Basics of Grant Writing, Intermediate Grant Preparation, and Advanced Grant Preparation.  Contact White River Planning and Development District 870-793-5233 or 800-737-2237.

Family Child Care Provider Training (FCCP) | Website

An 8-hour mandated course for all licensed family child care providers within their first 6 months of operation.  Topics include:  The Profession and Regulations, Business Management, Organizing the Home, and Guiding Children through the Day.  Contact 800-632-8754.

Guiding Children Successfully | Website

12 hours of training by watching the Guiding Children Successfully video series.  The Parenting Journey has been added to the series.  Contact 501-671-2000.

Index: Investigate Discover and Explore: Math and Science for Young Children | Website

A 30 hour course focusing on the framework and benchmarks for math and science strategies in working with young children.  Contact 800-322-8176 or 870-972-3055.

Mentor Endorsement | Website

A 45-hour course prepares mentors to work with early care professionals in a variety of settings.  There are 3 options for completion:  32 hours online with 14 contact hours; series of monthly 6-hour seminars; or completion of a series of Saturday and evening sessions.  Contact 800-322-8176 or 870-972-3055.

Pre-Employment Training | Website

A 30-hour program designed to prepare new employees who desire to enter the field of early care and education. Training is available online; on site; or a combination of online and on site.  Topics include:  health, safety and nutrition; child development, learning environment, language and literacy; curriculum development, and professionalism.  Contact 800-322-8176 or 870-972-3055.

Pre-K Framework Handbook | Website

A 30 hour course providing an introduction to the AR Early Childhood Education Framework, curriculum development, developing topics of study, planning activities, engaging families, involving communities, assessment and evaluation  and portfolio development.  This basic course provides the foundation for literacy, math, science and social emotional learning.  Contact 800-632-8754.

Pre-K Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas | Website

A 30-hour professional development course, assists early childhood teachers in planning programs which encourage language and literacy development.  The training is available statewide at no charge.  Additional information is available by contacting 800-632-8754.

Pre-K Social-Emotional Learning for Young Children | Website

A 45 hour course addressing strategies and activities to ensure healthy social emotional development in programs for children ages 3-5 years.  Contact 800-632-8754.

Social Emotional Learning for Young Children | Website

A 45 hour course addressing strategies and activities to ensure healthy social emotional development in programs for children ages 3-5 years.  Contact 800-632-8754.

The Best Care | Website

A 10-hour training program designed to bring early childhood professionals up-to-date information topics and methods.  Training focuses on four main subject areas:  resource management, nutrition, and food safety, health and safety, and child development.  Contact 501-671-2000.

The Best Care Connected | Website

Web-based training in timely topics including:  behavior management, parent involvement, music and movement, cooking with young children, health and safety issues, and inclusion. Contact 501-671-2000.

Welcome the Children | Website

The goal of Welcome the Children is to assist early childhood professionals to better understand diversity, appreciate cultural differences and similarities, learn strategies to support English Language Learners, and promote inclusion. Free statewide personalized training and technical assistance is delivered to Arkansas early childhood professionals on the following topics: (1) Cross Cultural Perspectives: Focus on Latin American Families, (2) Anti-Bias Every Day, (3) Enhancing Language Development for English Language Learners, (4) Building Skill Sets of Bilingual Personnel, (5) Building Skill Sets for Bilingual Meetings, (6) Exploring Differences within Families, and (7) workshops on Including Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs will be added in the summer of 2012.  Contact: Brenda Reynolds reynoldsbrendak@uams.edu; 501-922-1880 or contact the trainers directly at 501-682-9900 or 800-342-2923.

Wrapping Up Quality: Infant and Toddler Framework | Website

A 12-hour training course introduces the Infant and Toddler Framework.  Each of the three 4-hour sessions address:  Purposes of the Framework and Elements of Quality Care, Development Strands, the Benchmarks and Assessment for Infant and Toddler age children.  Contact 800-322-8176 or 870-972-3055.

Related Documents

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Arkansas Key Content Areas and Competencies - Intro - Final Draft PDF

Related Websites

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Arkansas State University (ASU) Childhood Services
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service: The Best Care and Best Care Connected
University of Arkansas Fayetteville Early Care and Education Projects
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Family Medicine
Welcome the Children