LITTLE ROCK — In Arkansas, childcare providers are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of professional development annually.

Family and Consumer Sciences Agents with the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offer several modes of training for educators, both in-person and online, for its Best Care, Best Care Connected and Guiding Children Successfully programs.

The Extension also offers Best Care Out-of-School-Time, an online training geared towards providers who work with school-age children in after-school, summer, camp and other out-of-school time programs.

All childcare training programs are offered free of charge by the Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education and the Professional Development Registry.

Anyone interested in Best Care training should contact their local Family and Consumer Science agent at for information about upcoming training offered in their area. More information about Early Childhood Professional Development opportunities in Arkansas can also be found at