Jefferson County Extension office to host Best Care classes

The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Association, will offer free Best Care classes for early childhood professionals, foster parents, and early childhood educators from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 15 at the Jefferson County Extension conference room, 500 S. Idaho St.

The training is verified through the Traveling Arkansas’ Professional Pathways (TAPP) and supports the Better Beginnings Program. The Best Care provides 10 hours training and will be presented by family and consumer sciences agents Jane Newton in Lincoln County and Mary Ann Kizer in Jefferson County.

Saturday’s topics will include “Getting Our Hearts Right”, “Color Me Happy”, “Think Outside the Box”, and “Autism”. Topics on Feb. 15 will include “Building Culturally Sensitive Classrooms”, “Picky Eating”, “Playground Safety”, and Fun Ways to Teach Math”.

For more information, contact Kizer at 870-534-1033 or e-mail

This program is open to all interested persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information should notify their local county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.