2024 Annual CCHC Conference

Reach for the Stars: Promoting High Quality Child Care

The conference will be held on September 24-25th in Hickory, North Carolina at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.

This is a great opportunity to learn about amazing resources and meet other CCHC’s from across the state in a relaxed environment. Dress is business casual; however, you may want to bring a sweater, last year the rooms were a bit chilly!

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Hotel Information

Recommended hotels in the area are:

Greensboro-High Point Marriot Airport

  • Location: At event location
  • Last day to book: September 6, 2022
  • Costs: $129 per night

Hampton Inn Greensboro Airport

  • OR book by calling reservations at 1-800-426-7866 with the following information:
    • Location: 6.9 miles from event
    • Name: NC Child Care Health Consultant Association | Group code: CCH
  • Last day to book: August 27, 2022
  • Costs: $109 per night

Embassy Suites

  • Last day to book: Anytime (no reservation code)
  • Costs: varies

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, 9/26

Welcome to the 2023 Annual CCHC Conference!
with Jacquie Simmons, Project Director and Julie Daniels, Principal Investigator with the North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center

  • 10:15 am Auditorium – Session One

Session One: Smart Start CCHC Update
with Angela Lewis, Early Care and Education Manager and Lakeisha Johnson, Director of Early Childhood Systems, North Carolina Partnership for Children
This session will present an update of current information related to Smart Start funded CCHC activities. The audience will be engaged in discussion as well as a question-and-answer period.

  • 11:15 am Break and networking
  • 11:30 am Auditorium – Session Two

Session Two: Invisible Sentence, Recognizing, Supporting, and Advocating for Children of Incarcerated Parents
with Melissa Radcliff, Our Children’s Place Of Coastal Horizons
18,000. Come learn the significance of this number. This presentation will focus on understanding more about children with incarcerated or returning parents, impacts of parental incarceration and re-entry, and ways to partner to meet their needs. Participants will be encouraged to take what they learn back to their own professional settings, continue the conversation there, and determine appropriate next steps.

  • 12:30 pm Royal Room – Lunch
  • 1:30 pm Auditorium – Session Three

Session Three: CCHC Panel Discussion
Dee Bullock (Guilford), Kristey Coulter (Pitt) , Amy Petersen (DCFW) and Chrissy Wolfe (Buncombe)
Engage in a Question-and-Answer session with a panel of seasoned CCHCs as they discuss successes and challenges in the field. Use this opportunity to gain knowledge from their experiences as they share about their growth as a CCHC and tips that can help you in your fieldwork.

  • 2:30 pm Auditorium – Session Four

Session Four: Mind and Matters Shape Healthy and Safe Learning Environments.
with David Brown, Regional Environmental Health Specialist, DHHS/DPH
David will lead an engaging discussion of some of the most vexing issues for child care operators. This session will examine best practices for identifying and minimizing potential classroom and playground health and safety issues and maintaining a healthy and safe environment.

  • 3:30 pm Auditorium – Break and Group Wellness Session
  • 4:00 pm Auditorium Keynote Address

The Community of Care: Planting Seeds to Raise Healthy Adults
In this interactive talk, Dr. Tribié Reid helps listeners understand how childhood trauma leads to poor adult health. She also illustrates the power all caregivers have to buffer the impact of trauma. Caregivers aren’t just parents; we are childcare providers, teachers, relatives, neighbors, coaches, and physicians. This community of care can create safe, supportive nurturing relationships with children and their families. At the heart of those relationships is healing and the seeds of resilience

About our keynote speaker: Dr. Khadijia Tribié Reid is a mother, pediatrician, and public health advocate. She is a physician leader who builds systems to optimize the health of all children. She is the Pediatric Medical Director of MedNorth Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Wilmington, NC. In January 2022, she became the Chair of Novant New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics. Beyond medicine, one of Dr. Tribié Reid’s greatest passions is Early Childhood Education. She initiated one of the first Reach Out and Read sites in her county at MedNorth. She is honored to serve as the governor’s appointee on the board of the North Carolina Partnership for Children, an Early Childhood Education non-profit. In 2021, Dr. Tribié Reid was also appointed to the founding board of the New Hanover Community Endowment. In January 2022, Dr. Tribié Reid became a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Expert Leadership Team on Trauma Informed Care.

Dr. Tribié Reid completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University, medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine, Pediatric Residency at Tulane University School of Medicine, and Master of Public Health degree at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Public Health. She is an outspoken child advocate who centers Adverse Childhood Experiences, Integrated Medical Behavioral Health Care, and Health Equity in continuing education seminars, blogs, op-eds, and podcasts.
In her spare time, Dr. Tribié Reid enjoys hiking, swimming, writing and Friday night pizza with her husband and two daughters.

Wednesday, 9/27

  • 8:00 am Empire E – Breakfast, Sign-in, and Welcome
  • 8:30 am Empire E – NC CCHCA Annual Meeting/Elections
  • 9:30 am Empire E – Recognition of New CCHCs
  • 9:45 am Break and Networking
  • 10:00 am Breakout Sessions:

Special thanks to the 2023 Conference Committee:

Kristey Coulter, Karla DeHaven, Julie Johnson, Sharleen Laporte, Rachel Lentz, Lindsey Pertet, Stacy Rosser, Courtney Summey, Alicia Tanner, and Jasmine Walker 

NC CCHC Association Annual Meeting

The 2023 NC CCHC Association Annual Meeting will be held during the conference on September 27, 2023 from 8:30 – 9:30 am.


Call to OrderChrissy Wolfe
Executive Committee Reports
* Membership
* Financial
Rachel Lentz
Regional Reports
East: Stacy Rosser
Central: Kimberly Cruz
West: Who?
Committee Reports
CertificationChrissy Wolfe (temporary)
Conference PlanningKristey Coulter
Public Awareness and EducationVacant
Website and CommunicationRobin Worley
New Business
* Election of New Officers
* Revised By-Laws
Nicole Richardson
Gift Card DrawingsNicole Richardson
AdjournmentNicole Richardson

NC CCHC Association Officer Nomination form

Please complete the form to nominate a CCHC or you may nominate yourself for an open position, including Chair, Vice-chair, or Treasurer

NC CCHC Annual Conference Evaluation Form

The Conference Evaluation Form will open on 11:30 am on Wednesday, September 27, 2023