North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children


Current Training Available:

  • Mental Health First Aid Training

    Download Flyer Now (PDF).

    NCAEYC is offering 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 Tanya Dennis, MHFAUSA Certified Trainer. Current dates and locations are listed below—sign up now! Participant fee is $30 (non-refundable) and space is limited to 30 attendees per event. Participants earn certification through Mental Health First Aid USA (valid for three 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 a 2018 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
    Saturday, May 19
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    DURHAM DPS Staff Development Center
    2107 Hillandale Road, Durham
    Register now
    Monday, May 21
    8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    PITT Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children
    111b Eastbrook Drive, Greenville
    Registration is closed

    For questions or additional information about registering, or to learn more about hosting an event, contact us at or Tanya Dennis at

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    2018 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 onon 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 Download a flyer to share (PDF).

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