Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

The University of Arkansas, Early Care and Education Projects, in partnership with ZERO TO THREE, is pleased to offer Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (often called PCAN) to early educators. PCAN asks, Can you, as an early educator, prevent child abuse and neglect?  And, the answer is YES, you can!  This course offers practical information to help early educators reduce child abuse and neglect by promoting positive parenting and healthy development in children through the use of protective factors. The training is designed to provide practical information, concepts, and skills for child care providers. 

ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Their mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life and envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.


Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect helps early educators: Z3 Logo

  • Promote positive parenting and healthy social-emotional development in children
    by implementing protective factors into their program
  • Recognize the importance of their everyday interactions with parents
  • Identify and help prevent the risk of abuse and neglect in families with very
    young children

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect consists of 3 UNITS with each unit being 30 hours, 18 hours, and 12 hours, respectively.

Participants can take either all or single units.

UNIT 1:  Working Effectively with Young Children and Families  (30 hours total, up to 3.0 CEU)

  1.   Building Collaborative Relationships with Families  6 hours
  2.   Building a Healthy Brain  6 hours
  3.   Social-Emotional Development of Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families  6 hours
  4.   Helping Parents and Providers Understand Temperament  6 hours
  5.   The Influence of Culture on Caregiving  6 hours

UNIT 2:  Reducing the Risk of Child Abuse and Neglect  (18 hours total, up to 1.8 CEU)

  1.   Understanding and Responding to Abuse and Neglect of Infants and Toddlers  6 hours
  2.   Supportive Responses to Troubled Parent-Child Interactions  6 hours
  3.   Challenging Behaviors in Infants and Toddlers  6 hours

UNIT 3:  Role of the Program Director  (12 hours total, up to 1.2 CEU)

  1.   Relationship-Based and Reflective Organizations  6 hours
  2.   Supporting Staff in Their Work with Parents  6 hours

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect offers the following to all participants:

  • Up to 60 hours (if taking all 3 units) of professional development credit from the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)
  • Available for anyone to enroll in FREE OF CHARGE
  • FREE course materials and access to in-depth content, including a participant manual and other resources
  • Up to 6.0 (if taking all 3 units) Continuing Education Units (CEU), upon request
  • Certificate of Completion and Verification of Training Hours, upon request
  • Opportunity to collaborate and build community engagement with other industry experts

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) approves all courses provided by Early Care and Education Projects for professional development credit. However, the awarding of professional development credit is based solely on the discretion of your local school district. Learn more by reviewing the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development (Feb 2016).

Visit the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) to find available courses or call (800) 632-8754.


Contact Jennifer Bowman to find out more.

Jennifer L. Bowman
Jennifer L. Bowman
(RSSV)-Research & Service Units
Training Advisor
Early Care & Education Projects