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June 2021


Be Active Kids – Via Zoom

June 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This is a comprehensive physical activity based program dedicated to improving health and development in North Carolina’s children. The Movement Guide includes more than 80 developmentally appropriate lesson plans for children birth to age five. 2 Credit Hours.

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August 2021


Introduction to Resilience- Via Zoom

August 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Due to the demand Intro to Resilience will be given in place of Part 1 Building Resilience. Introduction to Resilience will introduce and define the Resilience Model to participants.  The Introduction will also help participants identify (ACES) Adverse Childhood Experiences and how it affects your general health. The session will direct participants to the professional resources in their county that can aid in building stronger resilience in their personal life, professional life, and community.  This introduction segment is especially open…

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September 2021


Part 1 Building Resilience (Parents) – Via Zoom

September 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This workshop will help you and others decrease stress and anxiety in your daily activities.  There will be a workbook available for all participants (as long as supplies last).  You should have received a copy of the workbook “The Highway Inside of Me”, after taking Intro to Resilience; if you did not I would suggest picking up a copy of the workbook from our office to participate in this training.  It will be very helpful but is not required.  The…

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Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales

September 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In this session, we will define terms used in the scales, learn how to read and score indicators and discuss how the scales can be used to guide you in your classroom. Location: SSPC 6:30-8:30, Cost: $10, Presenter: Shelly Martin

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Smart Start of Pender County Board Meeting, Inc.

September 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Smart Start of Pender County, Inc. will hold its monthly board meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM. The meeting will be held at Smart Start of Pender County. To ensure that we are able to maintain social distancing guidelines, please contact Connie Carr-Costin at (910) 259-9978 or ccarr-costin@pender4kids.com for information about meeting attendance.     

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Part 1 Building Resilience (Child Care Providers)- Via Zoom

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This workshop will help you and others decrease stress and anxiety in your daily activities.  We will use the workbook “The Highway Inside of Me” during the training. I would suggest checking with your facility director for a copy of the workbook. It will be very helpful but is not required. Please contact our agency if the facility is low on copies.  The information introduced in the Intro Presentation was to familiarize and define what resiliency is in our daily…

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Literacy All Around Us –Via Zoom

September 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This training will help us to recognize uses for environmental print and literacy opportunities in our everyday environment. We will also discuss ways to support emerging language and literacy skills. This training is only for Raising a Reader participants a separate literacy training may be offered later in the fiscal year for other child care providers. 6:30-8:00 pm, Cost: Free, 1.5 Credit Hours, Presenters: Candice Dillard and Angel Parker

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October 2021


IT’S SIDS –Via Zoom

October 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn the steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of SIDS. At this training, we will review the Child Care laws and regulations written on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. 6:30-8:30 pm Cost $10, 2 Credit Hours, Presenters: Shelly Martin and Candice Dillard  

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Emergency Preparedness and Response-Via Zoom

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Be prepared! Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. 6:30-9:00 pm, Cost $25, 2.5 Credit Hours, Presenter: Candice Dillard  

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Part 2 Building Resilience/Child Care Providers – Via Zoom

October 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This workshop is a continuation of Part 1 Building Resilience.  There is a workbook, “The Highway Inside of Me,” that should accompany this training. (This book was given to providers with PPE supplies).   This class will review and introduce new Resiliency tools to help you reset your nervous system and retain a peaceful in your facility and daily lives.  Each childcare facility upon completion of this training will receive a set of 12 posters for your center and family childcare…

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