North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children

Training/Events

Current Training Available:

 

Wellness Way Webinar featuring Rairigh and Evie Houtz from Be Active Kids

NCAEYC cares deeply about the well-being of early childhood education professionals. We invite you to join us for a very special, interactive self-care webinar on:

Wednesday, April 15th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Healthy Active Me…Healthy Active We: Putting an Emphasis on Physical Activity and Well-being during Difficult Times
Join the staff of Be Active Kids to discover how physical activity can impact our overall well-being.  Learn to build a daily routine grounded in physical activity to help build resilience of body, mind and emotions. It is especially important to create opportunities for regular physical activity for grown-ups and children as we face uncertainty and challenges of the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Daily physical activity is important is essential to stay help early childhood educators, parents, and caregivers stay healthy and strong. Connect with our presenters as they provide a foundation for the needs around appropriate physical activity as a means to developing the whole-self; Share positive moments and observations of individual and social play in a time of social distancing and shelter in place; Learn more about available resources to staying active and healthy. Led by Richard Rairigh and Evie Houtz and sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

Click here to register today!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Presenter Bios:

Richard Rairigh: Richard is the Director of Be Active Kids, a signature program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Richard received his Master of Science degree at West Virginia University in Physical Education Teacher Education with a concentration in Motor Development and Motor Learning, and then pursued doctoral work at the University of South Carolina. After the University of South Carolina, he worked at Meredith College in the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Science and then worked as the Director of Programs at Be Active North Carolina. Rich is co-chair of the Children and Nature Coalition, Founder of the Active Play Alliance, and North Shape NC Design and Implementation Team member. He has also served on the North Carolina IOM Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force, Kids Eat Smart Move More Advisory Committee, North Carolina Child Care Commission, Clayton Downtown Development Association, and more. Rich has co-written two resources on Sport Education and over 25 articles on physical education and active play, and provided over 100 presentations at the national and international level.

Evie Houtz: Evie is the Program Specialist for Be Active Kids and works to coordinate and manage the NC Active Play Alliance initiatives (PlayDaze, PlayPods,and PlayMobile).  Evie holds a Certificate in Public Health, a Master’s in Exercise Physiology, and a BS in Exercise Sports Science.  She feels that her best education has been through the playful experiences she has had with her own children using loose parts and the outdoor environments.


Wellness Way Webinar featuring Rosie Molinary

NCAEYC cares deeply about the well-being of early childhood education professionals. We invite you to join us for a very special, interactive self-care webinar on:

Friday, April 3rd from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

What Do I Need Right Now More Than Anything Else: A Self-Care Check-In During Uncertain Times
In our roles as early childhood education professionals the challenges of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) have had a significant impact on you individually and our field as a whole. These are unprecedented times and the physical and psychological impact are significant. With “What Do I Need Right Now More Than Anything Else,” we are offering you the opportunity to slow down and check-in with what you are experiencing, be guided in some self-calming practices, find solace in a community who understands what you are experiencing, and discern what it is that you need right now while making a simple plan to offer yourself care. Led by Rosie Molinary and sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.  Please have a pen and journal/paper available.

Click here to register today!


2020 Good Things for Young Children: Summer Institute for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers- CANCELLED

Please read this PDF for an important announcement re: 2020 Good Things for Young Children

It is with heavy hearts that our team is announcing the cancellation of all 2020 Good Things for Young Children summer institutes due to COVID-19.  Although we were looking forward to spending two full days together learning, sharing and thinking critically about ways to support children, being safe and healthy is a priority for all of us. 

 

A 2-day summer learning experience sponsored by NCAEYC for Public, Charter, and Private School Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers.

 

 

 

 

Presented by North Carolina Early Learning Educators:

  • Lee Messer, M.A.Ed.
  • Eva C Phillips, Ed.D.
  • Amy Scrinzi, Ed.D.
  • Marylee Sease, M.A.Ed.

Spend two full days learning, sharing and thinking critically about your practices to support children as thinkers.

Keynote Sessions:

  • Revisiting the Foundation of Learning
  • Making the Most of Circle Time

Breakout Sessions:

  • We Are All Working on Something: Building Classroom Community Without Behavior Charts
  • Cultivating Math Thinkers and Problem Solvers
  • Making Smart Book Choices: Using Powerful Literature with Children
  • The Happy Talent of Dramatic Play
  • Building and Engineering with Blocks
  • Bringing Creativity Back to the Classroom

Registration: Non-refundable. $250/person
Deadline to Register: June 5, 2020
Only 60 spots per location!

Select One Location:

    • June 23 – 24, 2020
      Pitt Community College
      Pitt County Schools Early College High School
      2065 Warren Drive
      Winterville, NC 28590
      Click here to register
    • June 30 – July 1, 2020
      Catawba Valley Community College
      Main Campus – West Wing Commons
      2550 Highway 70 SE
      Hickory, NC 28602
      Click here to register
    • July 14 – 15, 2020
      A-B Technical Community College
      Ferguson Center for Allied Health and Workforce Development
      10 Genevieve Circle
      Asheville, NC
      Click here to register
    • July 23 – 24, 2020
      Central Piedmont Community College
      Harris 1
      3210 CPCC Harris Campus Drive
      Charlotte, NC 28208
      Click here to register

In response to current public health conditions and recommendations, all upcoming screenings of No Small Matter are postponed. Please stay connected to and through NCAEYC as we work to provide online resources and support. 

Please contact us at generalinfo@ncaeyc.org

Lorie C. Barnes
NCAEYC Executive Director 

No Small Matter Documentary Screening and Discussion

View TrailerNo Small Matter

About the Film: No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.

NCAEYC will be holding No Small Matter screenings and discussions across our state.

 

Join us at:
DURHAM TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, DCC Building 10 Auditorium
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Click here to register!

Location:
DCC Building 10 Auditorium
1637 E. Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703


Join us at:
BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE HALL, Technology Education & Development Center
Saturday, April 4, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

Click here to register!

Location:
Technology Education & Development Center
49 East Campus Dr.
Flat Rock, NC, 28731


Join us at:
CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Harris Campus Auditorium
Friday, April 3, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Click here to register!

Location:
Harris Campus Auditorium,
3210 CPCC Harris Campus Dr
Charlotte NC 28208


Join us at:
THE HOWELL THEATRE
Thursday, February 13, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

Location:
The Howell Theatre
141 South 3rd Street
Smithfield, NC 27577

 


Join us at:
SOUTH PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE, The Jesse Helms Center
Friday, February 21, 2020
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

Location:
The Jesse Helms Center
3910 US Hwy 74 East
Wingate, NC 28174


Join us at:
NC INFANT & YOUNG CHILD MENTAL HEALTH AND HOME VISITING SUMMIT,
The Summit Room- Marriot Downtown Greensboro
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:15 PM EST


Join us at:
GASTON COLLEGE, Dallas Campus
Thursday, November 7, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Location:
David Belk Cannon Auditorium at Gaston College Dallas Campus
201 Highway 321 South
Dallas, NC 28034

 

 

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Resilience Documentary Screening and Discussion

Interested in hosting a screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope?
Contact us to get a screening set up now.

About the Film: “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

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Good Things for Young Children: Summer Institute for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers

A 2-day summer learning experience sponsored by NCAEYC for Public, Charter, and Private School Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers. Download a flyer to share (PDF).

Presented by North Carolina Early Learning Educators:

  • Lee Messer, M.A.Ed.
  • Eva C Phillips, Ed.D.
  • Amy Scrinzi, Ed.D.
  • Marylee Sease, M.A.Ed.

Spend two full days learning, sharing and thinking critically about your practices to support children as thinkers.

Keynote Sessions:

  • Revisiting the Foundation of Learning
  • Making the Most of Circle Time

Breakout Sessions:

  • We Are All Working on Something: Building Classroom Community Without Behavior Charts
  • Cultivating Math Thinkers and Problem Solvers
  • Making Smart Book Choices: Using Powerful Literature with Children
  • The Happy Talent of Dramatic Play
  • Building and Engineering with Blocks
  • Bringing Creativity Back to the Classroom

Registration: Non-refundable. $250/person through June 1, 2019 (Early Bird Registration) $275/person from June 2–14, 2019 (Regular Registration) Deadline to Register: June 14, 2019. Only 50 spots per location!

Select One Location:

  • July 10 – 11, 2019
    Nash Community College, Rocky Mount
    522 N Old Carriage Rd
    Building “F”
    Rocky Mount, NC
    Click here to register
  • July 19 – 20, 2019
    A-B Technical Community College, Asheville
    Ferguson Center for Allied Health and Workforce Development
    10 Genevieve Circle, 3rd Floor
    Asheville, NC
    Click here to register
  • August 7 – 8, 2019
    Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington
    Windell Hall, 3rd Floor
    502 N. Front Street
    (downtown) Wilmington, NC
    Click here to register

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Mental Health First Aid Training

Interested in hosting an NCAEYC Mental Health First Aid Training? Contact us to set up a training now. NCAEYC offers statewide opportunities for early educators to become certified in Mental Health First Aid, the initial help offered to a person developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This first aid is given until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis resolves. Early childhood educators have an important role in being prepared to serve as a first responder to mental health and well-being issues in the lives of children and adults. All training sessions are presented by an MHFAUSA Certified Trainer. Current dates and locations are listed below—sign up now! Space is limited to 30 attendees per event. Download a flyer to share (PDF). Participants earn certification through Mental Health First Aid USA (valid for 3 years and renewable) plus NCDCDEE Contact Hour Credits awarded by NCAEYC for training completion. Participants will learn about: Risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems; Depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance use; A 5-step action plan to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or is in crisis; Accessing evidence-based professional, peer and self-help resources.

REGISTER for an event near you:
Mental Health First Aid Training Dates and Locations

Most training times are 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. You must be present for the entire training to receive certification. Check-in and light refreshments begin at 8:00 am. Bring your own lunch, or local options also available. *Dates/locations subject to change—this list will be kept up to date.

 Date County Location Registration
Check back for upcoming opportunities.

For questions or additional information about registering, or to learn more about hosting an event, contact us at generalinfo@ncaeyc.org.

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2019 NC Early Educators’ Community of Practice Meetings:
Reflecting on Children’s Perspectives

Check back for upcoming opportunities.

All meetings are available digitally through Go-To-Webinar. Some may be offered in-person. All ECE Professionals welcome! Community of Practice meetings are co-moderated by Shawna Daniels (NCAEYC Board of Directors) and Leslie Ball of EESLPD. Meetings focus on being reflective in our practice (specifically in the classroom) using Curtis, Cividanes, Lebo, and Carter’s Reflecting in Communities of Practice as our guide.  For more information or to request an invitation, contact us at localCoPNC@gmail.com.

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