Penn State Better Kid Care Training Program


The Penn State Extension Better Kid Care Program provides professional development opportunities for early learning and care professionals who are caring for children, ages 0-8.

Better Kid Care programs and resources

  • Online professional development for child care professionals
  • Monthly E-newsletter
  • Mail-based professional development for child care professionals
  • Child Development Associate Credential resources and support
  • Workshops/conferences for child care professionals
  • Mentoring telephone line
  • Support for caregivers of children from military families
  • Website with resources, research, Tips, activities, information for parents and more!
  • Social Media
  • All classes and lessons eligible for DPW hours, Act 48 and CEUs

Better Kid Care Program Faculty and Staff

Claudia C. Mincemoyer, Ph.D., Professor and Director
Lyn C. Horning, M.S., Assistant Director
Christine Belinda, Early Childhood Development Specialist
Roxie Nestlerode, Early Childhood Development Specialist
Sandra Hall, Early Childhood Development Specialist

Funding and Support

The Penn State Better Kid Care program's work is supported by the National institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Family Policy, Children and Youth, U.S. Department of Defense under Award No. 2009- 48667-05833 developed in collaboration with Penn State University and the University of Nebraska. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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