Health & Safety Trainings

The Early Childhood Initiatives Center is proud to partner with Walmart and other donors to provide a First Aid/CPR and AED Certification Program to early childhood professionals of NW Arkansas. Each participant that successfully completes the program will receive a two year certification for a minimal fee of $5.00 for ECIC members or $50.00 for non-members.

This program will certify a total of 600 early childhood professionals in 2018 to protect the health, safety and well-being of young children. We invite you to participate in this training program. To obtain an application contact Rachel at

Training location:  ECIC

Class times:    9 a.m. –  1 p.m.

All dates are Saturdays

May 19

June 2

June 9

June 23

July 14

September 15

September 22

September 29

October 6

October 20

October 27

November 3

November 10

Participants:  EC Professionals

Fee:  $5.00 member         $50.00 non-member

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This workshop will combine instruction and work time to enhance your risk management procedures.

Date:  March 8

Time:  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Trainer:  Michelle Barnes

Participants:  Administrators

Registration:  PDR

Fee:  $0

Items to bring:   Current Risk Management   Plan

There are many misconceptions about SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome. Come learn more in depth facts about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Shaken Baby Syndrome as well as why having safe sleep practices is important for your classrooms.

Date:    April 26
Time:  6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Participants:  EC Professionals
Trainer:  Julie Wilson
Registration:  PDR
Fee:  $0

Early life experiences are the foundational building blocks for development, learning, and health throughout a person’s lifetime. Trauma can have a long-term effect on well-being and functioning for children, adults, families, and our community.

The purpose of training is to increase the community’s collective ability to support children who have experienced traumatic events through the provision of supportive trauma-informed strategies and services.

Date:  Thursday, October 4

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Trainer:  Gundersen Health System

Location:  NWACC – Peterson Auditorium Shewmaker Center for Global Business Development

Participants:  EC Professionals

Registration:  Eventbrite

TICKETS:  Tickets go on sale January 8 Event Bright

Seating is limited!

Fee:  $7.33 – member       $28.45 – non-member

The amount includes Event Bright fee.


The Pre-Service program supports early childhood programs with the employment process. Pre-Service provides a solid training on Minimum Licensing Regulations and behavior guidance.   This is not in lieu of the 8-hour online training provided by the state.  However, it supports the program by providing activities and open discussion.

2018 Dates:

February 6

April 3

June 5

August 7

October 2

Time:    8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:    ECIC

Trainer:    Cindy Singleton

Participants:  EC Professionals – basic

Register:  PDR

Fee:  $0

Interested in learning more about our programs?

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