North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children

Pre-Conference Options


Pre-Conference Options

Deepen your professional development experience by including a Pre-Conference Session—choose from 3 exciting options on Thursday, September 14, 8:45 am – 4:00 pm, with a lunch break on your own. Each session offers 5 DCDEE Contact Hour Credits.


Diversity as Strength: Innovative Approaches to Thinking and Connecting
Presented by Enrique Feldman

ENRIQUEExperience a day of active and joy-filled strategies designed to increase self-awareness and equip you to be effective in the lives of children, families and colleagues from diverse backgrounds. You’ll be guided to embrace the skills which precede academic learning and elevate the desire to learn. From Enrique’s original “Brain Games”, to “Love Language Literacy” to “Thinking Like da Vinci” strategies, you’ll leave with concrete, innovative approaches to teaching and learning, as well as a lower level of stress and an increased sense of inspiration. Get ready to dramatically improve your own self-awareness to then impact how you connect with others. You will be inspired so you can inspire others! This session is designed for professionals working with or on behalf of young children birth-age eight.


kelli-tanyaYou’ve Got the Power: The Importance of Early Childhood Mental Health and Well-being
Presented by Kelli Rushing and Tanya Dennis

The mental health and well-being of the adults in the lives of children has significant impact on their growth and development. Increase your skills, knowledge, access to resources, and ability to develop and implement a plan that establishes a conscious culture and positive climate that acknowledges and supports these areas. Use your passion and power to ignite and sustain a positive approach to working with or on behalf of young children birth through eight and their families.


Playful Inclusion—Impactful play for kids of all abilities, all together
Presented by Marbles Kids Museum and National Inclusion Project. This session will be held at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett Street, RaleighTransportation from the Raleigh Convention Center to Marbles Kids Museum will be on the free R-Line. The R-Line stops in front of the RCC every 20 minutes and will drop you off at Marbles Kids Museum. At the end of the session, you can return to the RCC via the R-Line which will stop in front of the museum every 20 minutes.

marbleslogoNIP-Blue-SmallMarbles Kids Museum is all about play! In this 5-hour Pre-Conference Session, Marbles staff will share how the power of play inspires imagination, deepens connections, and leads to new discoveries for kids of all abilities—and how children with special needs are no exception. Learn what successful inclusion looks like, explore playful tools and techniques to increase access to learning, and leave with strategies that empower your team to embrace inclusive practices. We’ll talk about the great work of prioritizing access in play experiences and the amazing impact it can have on families in our communities.

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