Childcare Courses and Programs

Early Childhood Training

The Corporate & Community Education Department offers specialized training for childcare education through the Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education.  Our department strives to provide professional development to improve the quality of care and education for young children throughout Arkansas.

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The CDA Program represents a national effort to credential qualified caregivers who work with children from birth through five years of age.  This program is able to meet the specific needs of children, and it works with families to help nurture a child\’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth.


  • 9 Credit Hours
  • 18 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • 480 hours of professional experience in childcare
  • 120 hours of professional childcare education


  • Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
  • Advancing children\’s physical and intellectual development
  • Encouraging the development of children\’s social and emotional skills
  • Establishing productive relationships with families
  • Managing an effective program operation
  • Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
  • Observing and recording children\’s behavior

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Child Care Orientation Training (CCOT) provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality care for children.  This 10-hour program also aids in establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with families and other staff members.  All child caregivers who have had little or no previous childcare training should attend CCOT.


  • 10 hours (1.0 CEU\’s) of quality childcare training
  • Interaction with other caregivers
  • Opportunity for professional development
  • Certificate of Completion with 1.0 CEU\’s


  • Childcare as a Profession
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • Handling Emergencies & Guiding Children
  • Observation/Assessment/Accountability
  • Child Growth & Development
  • Children\’s Health & Safety
  • Communication
  • Human Diversity

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Pre-K Framework Handbook is a 30-hour (3.0 CEU\’s) course designed to train early childhood professionals in the use of the Arkansas Early Childhood Education (AECE) Framework Handbook.


  • The Foundation of Social-Emotional Learning
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Temperament
  • Influences of Social-Emotional Learning I & II
  • Building Positive Relationships
  • Classroom Preventive Practices I, II, & III
  • Understanding Behavior I & II
  • Social-Emotional Teaching Strategies I & II
  • Intensive Individualized Interventions I & II

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For more information, contact the Corporate & Community Education Department:

Patti Blaxton, Director

1410 Highway 304 East – P.O. Box 468
Pocahontas, AR 72455