The inaugural event was held Monday, October 17, 2022 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus
The NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (NCDCDEE) requires a certain number of training hours per year based on facility license as well as staff education and experience. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more difficult or educators to obtain these required hours.
Child Care Health Consultants and Association members Meagan Cagle (Jackson & Swain Counties) and Cassie Rogers (Haywood County), and Registered Environmental Health Specialist Travis Monteith from the Jackson County Department of Public Health saw the need for trainings for early educators in the region.
This event provided 164 early educators in Jackson, Haywood, Swain, Macon, Cherokee, Clay and Graham Counties with eight free hours of professional development, and was sponsored by grant funds through the Jackson County Department of Public Health.
There were 13 speakers who generously donated their time and expertise, ensuring early educators in the region received professional development directly related to their field. Lunch and goodie bags were provided to participants as a small display of gratitude to early educators for providing nurturing and safe care to our region’s most vulnerable population, our children.
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