If you are a person who takes care of other people's children, want to learn more about caring for young children, or need TAPP certified in-service hours, the upcoming Best Care sessions are for you.

If you are a person who takes care of other people’s children, want to learn more about caring for young children, or need TAPP certified in-service hours, the upcoming Best Care sessions are for you.

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Association, is offering free child care training that is verified through Traveling Arkansas’ Professional Pathways (TAPP). These classes are close to home and offered free of charge.

Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Extension Service family and consumer sciences agent, and Ana Hollis, Arkansas County family and consumer sciences agent, will teach the classes for early childhood educators and others interested in learning more about young children on Jan. 14 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Joseph Church Gallagher Hall, Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street.

Five hours of lessons will be taught during each session. Topics for Jan. 14 will include: Grow It – Try It (Part 1), Everyday Transitions, Do Re Me, Giving Medicine (Part 1), and Building Your Resume.

Topics for Jan. 28 will include: Helping Children Develop Compassion, Stress Management, Retirement Planning, Grow It – Try It (Part 2), and Giving Medicine to Children (Part 2).

Pre-registration is required to attend the classes. Contact Kizer at 870-534-1033 or e-mail mkizer@uaex.edu for reservations.

The Best Care classes are 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.