Extension Service to offer classes for early childhood professionals

The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Association, is offering The Best Care, training for early childhood professionals at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St.

Ten hours of lessons will be provided on Jan. 26 and Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics for Jan. 26 include Wonderful Workplace, Building Stable Families, Using My Plate to Teach Kids About Healthy Eating, When Accidents Happen: Basic First Aid for Common Childhood Injuries, and Child Abuse and Neglect.

Topics for Feb. 16 include Keeping Our Cool: Managing the Anger That Threatens to Destroy Us; What’s the Big Deal about Bullying, Cooking with Kids, The Preschool Scientist, and Together is Better – How Child Care Providers Can Promote Family Fitness.

Classes are offered free of charge and is verified training through the Traveling Arkansas’ Professional Pathways (TAPP) and supports the Better Beginnings Program.

For more information about The Best Care classes for early childhood professionals, contact Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County family and consumer sciences agent, at 870-534-1033 or e-mail mkizer@uaex.edu. Ana Hollis, Arkansas County FCS agent, will present programs with Kizer.

The Best Care 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 the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.