Basic Courses

These basic courses from ECEP are the foundation of all our courses and are beneficial to anyone new to the early childhood profession. They target the essential principles of early child care and are great refresher courses to enroll in.


Child Care Orientation Training (often called CCOT) offers 10 hours of basic orientation training for early educators with little or no previous child care training or experience. When accepting employment as a caregiver, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of the responsibilities of the position being considered. This basic orientation training should be completed within one (1) year of starting employment in a child care setting.

Family Child Care Provider

Family Child Care Provider (often called FCCP) is a basic orientation training that specifically targets child care family home providers. In Arkansas, this course is required for all newly licensed and registered providers to complete within the first six (6) months of being licensed or registered.

Young Athletes Curriculum™

Young Athletes Curriculum™ is a sport and play program created by Special Olympics. It's designed for children with and without intellectual disabilities from ages 2 to 7 years old and introduces basic sport skills, like running, kicking, and throwing. Young Athletes offers families, teachers, caregivers, and people from the community the chance to share the joy of sports with all children.

All ECEP courses meet the professional development requirements of the Arkansas Department of Education. Your local school district selects which credit is needed for professional development.

updated 11/12/2020