North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children


Current Training Available:

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:
Friday, February 21, 2020
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

Click here to register!

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

Join us at:
Friday, April 3, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

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

Join us at:
The Summit Room- Marriot Downtown Greensboro
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:15 PM EST

Join us at:
Thursday, November 7, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

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

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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

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