Early Care and Education Projects


Enhancing the quality of care and education for young children throughout
Arkansas by providing 
professional development for early educators. 


Early Care and Education Projects (ECEP), in conjunction with the Division of Child Care Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) within the Arkansas Department of Human Services, provides statewide training programs for early educators. Under the combined leadership of Dr. Bobbie Biggs and Dr. Deniece Honeycutt, the staff strives to provide the most up-to-date training possible to early educators. More than 200 trainers around the state deliver courses in a variety of locations including child care centers, public schools, vocational centers, technical institutes, community colleges, and other postsecondary education facilities.


ECEP has exciting news and also somewhat sad news.

Our exciting news is ECEP will soon be welcoming another new baby! Michelle (Crain) Weise is on maternity leave as she and her husband have welcomed a new baby girl, Evelynn Grace. Mom and baby are doing great! We are all excited to see our ECEP family growing.

We are also excited that Dr. Sara Miller is now focusing full time on the new coaching project, Creating a Culture of Coaching in Early Child Care. This is an 18-month long research project to explore how coaching affects the culture in child care centers. Dr. Miller will no longer be acting as a training advisor. Jenny Dura and Jennifer Bowman will be the contact for trainers teaching The Growing Brain, Pre-K Social-Emotional Learning, and Young Athletes Curriculum.

The sad news is Cindy Hendricks has retired and is no longer with us. Her expertise in training and knowledge of the child care industry will be missed. We wish her well in all her future endeavors!

Look for updates in the ECEP News for new training advisors being added to the staff.

The Professional Development Registry (PDR) has ARRIVED!

  • Did you know that you have to be a member in PDR to receive credit for those hours spent at any training
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Need Professional Development Hours? Request an ECEP Course for Your Childcare Center and Staff

Early Care and Education Projects
104 GRAS
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (800) 632-8754
Fax: (479) 575-2511
Email: ecepinfo@uark.edu