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Welcome to Guiding Children Successfullyfour children

What is it?

Guiding Children Successfully (GCS) is a research-based child care training program that strives to meet the foundation level training needs of early childhood professionals across the state by offering up to 38 hours of TAPP verified training free of charge. This self-guided training will help early childhood professionals apply child development principles to appropriately teach and manage the children in their care. Providers are welcome to request any of the publications featured in our training and distribute them to the parents of the children in their care.

What is involved?

Guiding Children Successfully consists of five sections of training.

Section 1: Guiding Children Successfully Video Series
12 video programs
12 learning checks (quizzes) numbered 01-12, each worth 1 hour of training

Section 2: Parenting Journey
8 publications
8 learning checks (quizzes) numbered 13-20, each worth 1 hour of training

Section 3: See the World Through My Eyes
1 publication
8 learning checks (quizzes) numbered 21-28, each worth 1 hour of training

Section 4: Managing Stress: Turning Challenges into Blessings
1 publication
1 learning check (quiz) numbered 29&30, worth 2 hours of training

Section 5: Getting Our Hearts Right: 3 Keys to Better Relationships
1 publication
5 learning checks (quizzes) numbered 31-35, each worth 1 of training

Section 6: Your Blueprint for Happiness
1 publication
1 learning check (quiz) numbered 36-38, worth 3 hours of training

How do I get started?

There are a couple of ways an individual may participate in Guiding Children Successfully.

Option #1

GCS Online: In order to enroll in and complete these courses, please do the following:

Fill out and submit the registration form. Wait to receive the enrollment key(s) for the course(s), which will be sent to your email within three (3) business days.

NOTE: You will only receive enrollment keys for the units you are eligible for.

Upon receiving the enrollment key, go to Log onto/create your account, select the course you want to take, and enter in the enrollment key. This will give you access to the course.As you work through the course, complete the learning check, discussions and evaluation forms that accompany each lesson and submit them online. Upon receiving a passing score of 80% or higher for each completed learning check, print off a completion certificate. Your completed hours will then be sent to the TAPP registry.

Option #2

Obtain GCS program materials, registration forms, learning checks, and evaluation forms from your local county Cooperative Extension Office. Please note that the GCS video series is available for check out from the local Extension office and must be returned within seven (7) days from the checkout date. You can find your local county extension agent here.

Your responsibilities are the following:

1. Fill out the registration/attendance form.
2. Go through the selected GCS program(s) and complete the accompanying  learning check(s).
3. Upon completing the GCS program, fill out the evaluation form(s) found on the back of each learning check.
4. Mail the registration form and learning check(s) to the state Extension office.

University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
Guiding Children Successfully

2301 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204

NOTE: this address is found on the back of the TAPP registration form

Am I eligible for participation in GCS?

Any of the GCS programs are eligible to be repeated for credit every four years. Also, Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for a $10 fee. Please request a CEU application by emailing

For non-accredited participants or those individuals who want to use the program for personal use, all of the GCS programs are available through your local country CES office.

How do I find out more?

For questions or more information on the Guiding Children Successfully program, please contact us.

Ashley Terry  501-671-2103 or
Ashley Henderson 501-671-2214 or