North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children

Overview and Keynote

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65th Anniversary Conference  •  September 13–15, 2018 • Raleigh Convention Center

NCAEYC’s 65th Anniversary Conference is about Connecting our Foundation to our Future, honoring the legacy of the leaders and members who built and have belonged to this strong professional association. From our beginnings in 1953 as the North Carolina Kindergarten Association, then transforming into a state affiliate of NAEYC in 1972, we are connected by a commitment to high quality care and early learning for young children 0-8.  Today’s leaders and members continue to live out this commitment by exemplifying professionalism and valuing our connections to each other and to the advocacy impact we have when we join together to make a difference for children, families and our field. Sixty five years later with a renewed mission, vision and priority initiatives, NCAEYC continues to adapt, transform, lead and innovate so we can promote and inspire purpose, passion and professionalism in early care and education.

What better way to celebrate 65 years than having Dr. Becky Bailey of Conscious Discipline® as our Keynote Speaker? NCAEYC has enjoyed a special relationship with Dr. Bailey and her team of Conscious Discipline Certified Instructors. And that love is going to shine at this year’s Conference!

Join Dr. Bailey and her team for an incredible Pre-Conference day experience by being fully immersed in Conscious Discipline on Thursday, September 13th. Whether you are just starting out or have been practicing Conscious Discipline for years, you will find connections and inspiration to transform your practice as a teacher, administrator, mental health specialist or parent.

What is Conscious Discipline? An evidence-based, research-backed methodology and trauma-informed approach. It is recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), and received high ratings in 8 of 10 categories in a Harvard analysis of the nation’s top 25 social-emotional learning programs. The Harvard study’s authors say, “Conscious Discipline provides an array of behavior management strategies and classroom structures that teachers can use to turn everyday situations into learning opportunities.”

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NCAEYC is approved by the Division of Child Development and Early Education to offer contact hours for Conference sessions. By attending the Keynote session and all sessions on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 you will earn 10 DCDEE Contact Hour Credits. You can receive 5 additional DCDEE Contact Hour Credits by attending either of the the Pre-Conference Session on Thursday, September 13.

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