There is no time like the present for early childhood educators to accelerate their learning skills, so make plans to attend one of our outstanding Early Educators Skill Enhancement Sessions. Supercharge your knowledge base in these enhancement sessions that provide you with individualized style workshops to interact with our leading movers and shakers in early childhood education, whose expertise is bound to inspire your daily work with children and families.

Connect with early childhood professionals and leaders like you, who are dedicated to keeping up with the field and helping to make a difference in the lives of young children and families in the evolving world of early childhood education.

Sign-up Today! Early Educators Skill Enhancement Sessions begin October 5th.

Hoke County
Saturday, Oct. 5
9 am-3 pm
Scotland County
Saturday, Nov. 16
9 am-3 pm
Robeson County
Saturday, Feb. 1
9 am-3 pm
Scotland County
Saturday, May 16
9 am-3 pm
Robeson County
Saturday, July 18
9 am-3 pm
Sandhills Community College Hoke Center (Johnson Hall)

1110 East Central Ave.,
Raeford, NC 28376

Richmond Community College-Honeycutt Center

600 McLean Street,
Laurinburg, NC 28352
Robeson Community College, Building #17 (Health Science Bldg.)

5160 Fayetteville Road,
Lumberton, NC 28360
Richmond Community College-Honeycutt Center

600 McLean Street,
Laurinburg, NC 28352
Robeson Community College, Building #17 (Health Science Bldg.)

5160 Fayetteville Road,
Lumberton, NC 28360

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Oct. 8
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Early registration – $20. After September 23 – $25. 
Deadline to register for the October session is Sunday, September 29, 2019.

Classes offered for the October 5th Session

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends daily reading aloud from birth to grow vocabulary and promote healthy brain development. We explore the effects of reading aloud on brain development, incorporate more books and reading into your classroom, and encouraging parents to read to their children.  At completion, learners will be able to develop strategies to involve families in reading with their children and articulate the effects of reading aloud with children on brain development. The instructor will assess knowledge gained through group activities and feedback provided during the presentation. (2 CHCs)

**This Overview Session is for Family Childcare Homes participating in the Self Assessment ONLY**

Are you thinking about going through the scales to increase your star rated license? Is the window open for a visit from the Assessor? A thorough revision of the FCCERS, designed to assess family child care programs conducted in a provider's home for children from infancy through school-age. The new scale for the revised edition: accommodates the wider age range often found in family child care programs, offers a deeper focus on sensitivity to cultural and socioeconomic diversity, the special needs of exceptional children have been added to the main scale items and indicators, an additional subscale called 'Program Structure”, an expanded score sheet that includes space and forms to collect specific information needed for accurate scoring and a new layout, with each item on a separate page along with the notes for clarification and questions. At the conclusion, learners will be able to re-evaluate and adjust their program based on the scale to improve the family childcare learning environment. Instructor will assess knowledge gained through feedback provided during presentation. (2CHCs)

This required training developed by the NC Healthy Start Foundation's ITS-SIDS project, meets state requirements for ITS-SIDS training. Learners will discuss ways to reduce the risk of SIDS through safe sleep practices for infants. Learners will also review Safe Sleep Policy guidelines, NC Division of Child Development and Early Education licensing rule, maintenance of the proper forms, and other “Best Practice” recommendations. During this learning event, learners will receive the needed information to create a Safe Sleep Policy, updated research about SIDS and local health and safety resources. At the conclusion, learners will be able to define SIDS, identify external stressors and risk factors associate with SIDS and list components of NC Child Care Rules for a Safe Sleep Policy. Learners will be given a Pre/Posttest to assess knowledge gained as a result of this event. (2 CHCs)

Providing students with a productive and engaging indoor environment is a core ideal of Reggio Emilia pedagogy. Strong indoor classrooms offer school age participants with a safe way to ask questions, problem solve, and develop new learning skills. Join other school age professionals as we explore easy and effective methods to bring Reggio Emilia philosophy into the confines of the school age classroom. School age professionals will leave with a stronger understanding of Reggio Emilia practices, and new ways to apply this philosophy to indoor environments. Instructor will assess knowledge gained through group activities, feedback provided during presentation and a pre/post assessment. (2CHCs)

Challenging behaviors come in many different formats and many different levels of intensity in preschool children. A significant percentage of teachers report more challenging behaviors in their classroom and frustration in their knowledge and ability to work with these children. At the same time, skills once expected in kindergarten are being pushed down into preschool, so demands on teachers and children are higher. Play is disappearing. Forty years of research says play equals learning. In this session, we will PLAY as we discuss the importance of play for all children, how play can serve as an intervention for children with challenging behavior, Dr. Stanley Greenspan’s Floortime concept, how play meets developmentally appropriate learning goals, and creative ways teachers can explain the importance of play to parents. Skill mastered will be assess through large and small group brainstorming, Walk About activity, and pair and share activities. (0.5 CEU) 

This learning event updates and combines the previous Foundations documents (i.e., the 2005 Foundations: Early Learning Standards for North Carolina Preschoolers and Strategies Guiding Their Success, and the 2007 Infant Toddler Foundations: Guidelines for Development and Learning for North Carolina's Infants and Toddlers). The revised Foundations spans birth to age 5, it introduces the structure, how to implement them in early childhood, the goals, developmental indicators, and strategies in five developmental domains. After completing this event, learners will be able to articulate how Foundations is structured, develop and implement meaningful developmentally appropriate lesson plans and activities and develop strategies to engage parents in their child’s education. Instructor will assess knowledge gained through group activities and feedback provided during presentation. (0.5 CEU)