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Online Childcare Training  - Best Care Connected

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Best Care Connected is an online professional development course that provides five hours of verified training through Traveling Arkansas' Professional Pathways (TAPP) Registry. 

The areas of emphasis include child development, health, nutrition, and resource management. 

How to Access Best Care Connected

  1. To access the course, go to the courses.uaex.edu website.

  2. When you are ready to get started, log in or create an account.
  3. Once you log in, please “click” on the Best Care Connected link under the course category titled 2017 TAPP/PDR Online Child Care Courses.
  4. You are now on the Best Care Connected course home page. Please make sure to read all of the instructions on the Best Care Connected Home Page. This information is helpful to you when starting the course and it is important for you to do every step of this course correctly to receive full credit.
  5. As you work through the course, please be sure to complete the registration form, pass the quiz with an 80% or above, and complete the evaluation form under each lesson.
  6. Once you have completed the course, you will need to print or save as a pdf the completion certificate.

The hours that you have completed will be reported to the TAPP Registry for credit. We ask that you allow 30 to 45 days for credit to show on TAPP.

Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for a $10 fee upon completion of the course. You can receive 0.1 CEUs for each lesson/hour that you complete. There is a section in the course on how to receive them.

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Best Care Connected Courses for 2017-2018:

Infant Development- A Baby's First Year:

One of the most important stages in a child’s life is Infancy. For child care providers, it's important to understand how infants develop in order to provide sensitive, responsive child care programs that meet their individual needs. 

Important of Sleep and Quiet Time in Early Childhood:

This lesson focuses on the importance of sleep and nap time in a child’s development. Early Childhood Educators will be given information to share parents about their child’s sleep patterns at home. This information includes ideas on how to monitor a child’s sleep habits. The early childhood educator will also learn more about the importance of nap time, including five ways to make nap time successful.

It's Potty Time:

This lesson focuses on all things related to potty time in the early childhood classroom. Early Childhood Educators will be given information on policies and best practices related to potty training, diapering, cleaning, and hand washing.  This lesson includes information on using cloth diapers, how to talk with kids, and recommended methods for dealing with messes and wiping.

The Effective Storyteller:

Reading is one of the most important things you can do to set a child up for success in life. This lesson will discuss the importance of reading aloud to children of all ages, as well as tips on how you can become a more effective storyteller. Early Childhood Educators will learn how to choose good books and how to add supplemental activities to enrich the child’s experience.

Managing Aggressive Behaviors in the Early Childhood Classroom Through Positive Discipline:

This lesson will explore common types of aggressive behavior in young children, positive ways to address these behaviors, tools for the early childhood educator to foster a calm environment, and when to involve parents to seek intervention or other services. These topics will be discussed in the context of expulsion avoidance and inclusive classroom environments.

Each lesson will equal 1 hour of TAPP/PDR verified credit.

 The online course format includes interactive elements and audio recording.

Available October 16th, 2017 - September 15th, 2018