Child Care Orientation Training


Child Care Orientation Training (often called CCOT) offers 10 hours of basic training for early educators with little or no child care experience. This basic orientation training should be completed within three (3) months of starting employment in a child care setting.

Child Care Orientation Training helps early educators:

  • Discover their role as professionals in the field of early care and education
  • Recognize best practice in the areas of learning, guidance, health, and safety in the education and care of young children
  • Develop ways to support actions and policies that contribute to a healthy environment for children
  • Understand Arkansas licensing requirements for various types of early care and education programs
  • Develop skills and techniques required to care for children within a safe and stimulating environment

Child Care Orientation Training includes the following lessons:

  1. Early Care and Education as a Profession  2 hours
  2. Best Practice for the Developing Child  2 hours
  3. Guiding Children  2 hours
  4. Children's Health  2 hours
  5. Children's Safety  2 hours 

Child Care Orientation Training offers the following to all participants:

  • Up to 10 hours of professional development credit from the Arkansas Professional Development Registry and the Arkansas Department of Education
  • 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, such as the Minimum Licensing Requirements (MLR) for Child Care Centers, MLR for Licensed Child Care Family Homes, MLR for Registered Child Care Family Homes, MLR for Out-of-School Time Facilities, and both Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklists for Parents and for Teachers
  • Up to 1.0 Continuing Education Unit, upon request
  • Certificate of Completion and Verification of Training Hours, upon request
  • Opportunity to collaborate and build community engagement with other industry experts

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


Jennifer L. Bowman
Jennifer L. Bowman
Training Advisor
Early Care & Education Projects

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