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Trainings and Workshops

For all other trainings please visit the Arkansas Early Childhood Professional Development Registry or choose from the links below.

Professional Development Opportunities sponsored by:
Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education

Arkansas 4H After School Program – training 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 – 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, or visit

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 – For more information or to make comments, please email Jamie Morrison at

Caregiver Certificate Program – 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, or visit

Child Care Orientation Training (CCOT) – a 10-hour orientation course for people that are new to the field of early child care.  Completion allows a person to be eligible for a CDA scholarship with at least 90 days of employment in a child care program.  Contact (800) 632-8754, or visit

Child Care Specialist Certificate – 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, or visit

Director Training – 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. or

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) – an 8-hour mandated course for all licensed family child care providers within their first 6 months of operation.  Completion allows a person to be eligible for a CDA scholarship with at least 90 days of employment in a child care program.  Topics include:  The Profession and Regulations, Business Management, Organizing the Home, and Guiding Children through the Day.  Contact (800) 632-8754, or visit

Guiding Children Successfully – 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, or visit

Index: Investigate Discover and Explore: Math and Science for young children—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, or visit

Mentor Endorsement – 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, or visit  or

Pre-Employment Training – a 30-hour program designed to prepare new employees who desire to enter the field of early care and education. Completion allows a person to be eligible for a CDA scholarship with at least 90 days of employment in a child care program. 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, or visit or

Pre-K Framework Handbook -- 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, or visit

Pre-K Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas – 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, or visit or

Pre-K Social-Emotional Learning for Young Children – 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, or visit

The Best Care – 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, or visit

The Best Care Connected – 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, or visit

Welcome the Children – Two 7-hour training modules are being used – one on Cultural Diversity and the second; Second Language Development Assessment in Early Childhood.  Training is available from local training teams.  Contact (501) 682-9924, or (800) 342-2923, or visit

Wrapping Up Quality: Infant and Toddler Framework – 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, or visit

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