Early childhood professionals who want to learn more about caring for young children may be interested in The Best Care Early Childhood Classes. 

Sometimes it is difficult to find appropriate classes that are close to home and affordable. The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Association, is offering training for early childhood professionals. 

Classes are offered free of charge, are verified training through the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR), and support the Better Beginnings Program.

The Ashley and Chicot county Cooperative Extension Services have 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, Jan. 22 at First United Methodist Church, 202 S. Main Street in Hamburg, from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. 

Best Care 2022 Best Care topics are:

• Growing Young Gardeners

• Healthy Habits: Nutrition and Fitness Practices

• STEAM in Outdoor Learning

• Infant Care and Self-Regulation

• Music in Early Learning

• Making a Clean Sweep

• Child Care Prepared - Disaster Preparedness

• Effective Communication

• Playground Safety

• When Accidents Happen - First Aid

For more information about The Best Care classes for early childhood professionals, contact Amber Hairston, CEA-4-H/FCS in Ashley County at (870)-853-2080 or Christa Mazzanti, CEA-FCS in Chicot County at (870)-265-8055. Pre-registration is required! Call the local County Extension Office to sign-up.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. Those requiring a reasonable accommodation to participate or needing materials in another format should contact the Arkansas County Extension office as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.