If you are a person who takes care of other people’s children, or wants to learn more about caring for young children, you’ll want to participate in The Best Care.

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 and is verified training through the Traveling Arkansas’ Professional Pathways (TAPP) and supports the Better Beginnings Program.

The Logan, Franklin and Johnson County Extension Services will be offering free child care training for child care providers. These classes are part of a program called The Best Care. Ten hours of lessons will be provided.

Dates for training are Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, March 8. Training will be in Ozark at the Franklin County Extension Office. The office is located at 300B Airport Road in Ozark.

On Saturday, February 22, training begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

Topics will include Fun Ways to Teach Math, Picky Eating: Bringing Peas and Hominy to the Table, Playground Safety, Building Culturally Sensitive Classrooms (Part 1) and Getting Our Hearts Right: Three Keys to Better Relationships (Part 1).

On Saturday, March 8 traning will be held from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Topics will include Color Met Happy, Autism, Thinking Outside the Box: Higher Order Thinking Skills for Early Childhood, Building Culturally Sensitive Classrooms (Part 2) and Getting Our Hearts Right: Three Keys to Better Relationships (Part 2).

Pre-registration is required and is limited to 60 individuals.

For more information about The Best Care classes for early childhood professionals or to register for the trainings, contact Jessica Vest, Logan County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent at 963-2360 or jvest@uaex.edu.

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 the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.