Guiding Children Successfully

Free Online Education for Child Care
All GCS units are self-guided so you can complete them anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace. You may complete as many hours of training as you wish to complete. You must view the content, complete all of the activities, and score 80% or above on the quiz in order to get one hour of credit for that unit.

To gain access to the GCS unit enrollment keys, you must complete the Guiding Children Successfully Registration Form. After you have submitted the form, the keys will be e-mailed to you within 1-3 business days.

Available topics are listed below, you can scroll down on the taskbar to view them. Once you receive the enrollment keys in your e-mail, you will click the unit title you want to complete below, enter the enrollment key in the empty box provided, and click on the redEnroll mebutton.

Due to COVID-19, there may be some delay in grading and reporting to the PDR.
Please complete the GCS Introduction Unit before beginning lesson 1-47.
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The following units are offered free of charge by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.
GCS LogoCourse Description: GCS Unit 1: "Effective Motivation" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.


Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 2: Guiding Children with Love and Good" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact:  Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu

GCS LogoCourse Description: "GCS Unit 3: Teachers & Parents Working Together" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.

Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu

GCS LogoCourse Description: "GCS Unit 4: Teaching Children Responsibility" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu

GCS LogoCourse Description: "GCS Unit 5: Helping Children Use Their Gifts" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.

Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu

GCS LogoCourse Description: "GCS Unit 6: Raising Children to be Good People" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
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urse Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu

Course Description: "GCS Unit 7: Strengthening Couple Relationships" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu

Course Description: "GCS Unit 8: Managing Anger and Stress" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu

Course Description: "GCS Unit 9: Are Children Angels, Devils, or Clay?" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu

Course Description: "GCS Unit 10: Languages of Love: More Than Saying 'I Love You'" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu

Course Description: "GCS Unit 11: Choosing Quality Child Care" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu

Course Description: "GCS Unit 12: Enjoying Life with Children" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu

Course Description: "GCS Unit 21: Enjoy Your Child; Cooing; Colic & Crying" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1//2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 22: Reading; Sleeping; Exploration" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 23: Separation; Biting, and Hitting; Potty Training" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, aterry@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 24: Negativism; Picky Eaters; Sharing" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 25: Non-compliance; Language; Sibling Rivalry" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 26: Limits/Disobedience; Rough and Tumble; Lying" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 27: Fear; Media; Chores and Helping" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 28: See the World Through My Eyes" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 29 and 30: Managing Stress: Turning Challenges into Blessings" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 8/31/2020
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 31: Getting Our Hearts Right: Introduction" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 8/31/2020
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 32: Getting Our Hearts Right: Biases" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 33: Getting Our Hearts Right: Humility" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 34: Getting Our Hearts Right: Compassion" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 35: Getting Our Hearts Right: Positivity" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: GCS Units 36, 37, & 38: Your Blueprint for Happiness is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: "GCS Unit 39: Kids and Money" is a training course for child care providers, parents, and all other individuals working with or caring for children. This class is self-guided so you can complete it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace online. You may earn credit for each unit only one time within a 4 year period.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: Infants and toddlers want so badly to be understood, but learning to talk is hard! Research has shown that sign language can be a great way for kids to communicate, helps reduce tantrums, and improves language and literacy skills. In this lesson, participants will learn beginning signs to help infants and toddlers communicate with the people around them.
Course Availability: 11/12019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 


Course Description:  Working with children who have special needs can be rewarding, and including children with special needs in your child care program can help all children learn. As a result of the lesson you will: 
Know how to support families of children with special needs 
Know how to communicate with and about children with disabilities and their families 
Understand what is an IEP and IFSP
Recognize how you can contribute to creating IEPs and IFSPs
Understand the laws and regulations applying to the inclusion of children with special needs in child care programs and schools
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214,  gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: Children in foster care deserve our best efforts to turn these “what ifs” into a reality. For children who have experienced abuse or neglect, the child welfare system strives to ensure a safe and stable home environment for the child. Other than the home, the child care setting is the place young children spend the most time. These early experiences shape the child – including actual brain development – for better or worse. Therefore, it is critical that child care providers understand the impact of abuse and neglect on children, and the special role they can play in the lives of foster children.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Course Description: Child care providers are often the first people to notice that a child is being abused or neglected. They are likely to notice physical signs of abuse, such as bruises or burns. They may also notice changes in the child’s behavior. To help children who are being abused or neglected, child care providers can learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of different types of abuse.
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 


Course Description: We live in a country that is a melting pot of different cultures and races. Showing children that we see and value all aspects of them-including attributes related to race and culture is a critical step in helping them feel welcome and connected to their teachers and peers.
  • In this lesson you will learn to:
  • Identify and examine the need for culturally responsive classrooms.
  • Learn new ways to include diverse literature.
  • Discover new ways to include multicultural activities in the classroom.
  • Identify the purpose of a Diversity Team.

Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214,  gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Yoga for Young Children is to inform you of a new activity you can try with your class, chances are you will learn a tip or two for yourself. Yoga is not just for kids, it’s for everyone and research has established that yoga has many beneficial side effects. 

This lesson will show you:

  • How yoga has been adapted into a fun, healthy routine that young children can enjoy!
  • Define yoga
  • Identify the health benefits of yoga
  • Recognize the common yoga poses
  • Belly breathing
  • Determine ways of using yoga in your class Identify classroom resources available
Course Availability: 11/1/2019 - 1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact: Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214, gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu 

Children in child care deserve our best efforts in keeping them safe. 
This lesson will review: 
Common safety precautions that are important in the classroom
Disaster Preparedness
Car Safety
Infectious diseases
Course Availability:  11/1/2019 -1/31/2021
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Course Contact:  Ashley Henderson, (501) 671-2214,  gcs@uaex.edu; Ashley Foster, (501) 671-2103, afoster@uaex.edu