Free Best Care Early Childhood Classes set for Feb. 24

Early childhood professionals wanting to learn more about caring for young children may be interested in the Best Care Early Childhood Classes, set for later this month in El Dorado. The University of Arkansas Systems, Division of Agriculture, in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Association, are offering training for early childhood professionals free of charge. The program is verified training through the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) and supports the Better Beginnings Program.

The Columbia, Ouachita, and Union Counties Cooperative Extension Service has available a new, free set of classes for early childhood professionals and others interested in learning more about young children. These classes are part of a program called The Best Care. Ten hours of lessons will be provided in a classroom setting. Training will be held on Saturday, February 24 at TAC House, located at 1101 N. West Ave. in El Dorado. Pre-registration is required by February 16th.

To register, visit the webite If unable to access the registration form, contact the Union County Extension Office at (870)-864-1916.

The Best Care 2024 topics are:

Wiggles and Giggles

Time Wasters

Stress Management (1 ½ Hour)

Eating with Ease

Loose Parts

Fun ways to Teach Math (1 ½ hour)

Diversity and Inclusion

Breastfeeding (1 ½ hour)

Family Well-Being for Children in Your Care (30 Minutes)

For more information about The Best Care classes for early childhood professionals, contact Kerron Simpson, CEA-FCS at 870-231-1160 and/or Lauren McGarrh, CEA-FCS/4-H in Union County at 870-864-1916.

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