North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children


Current Training Available:

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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Support Social-Emotional Development in Young Children

Interested in supporting resilience in young children? Check out Lakeshore’s Social-Emotional Competence Kits to support your classroom practice. These kits target building relationships, facilitating friendship skills, and addressing challenging behaviors. Kits are designed for specific age levels and include an extensive classroom library, a Daily Schedule Chart to support classroom organization, soft seats for circle time, and more.

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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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