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August 2022

Smart Start of Pender County Board Meeting

August 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Smart Start of Pender County, Inc. will hold its monthly board meeting on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 . The meeting will be held as a virtual meeting on the Zoom platform. Attendees will be able to call in or connect online by Zoom. Please contact Connie Carr-Costin at (910) 259-9978 or ccarr-costin@pender4kids.com for the link to attend the meeting.  

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IT’S SIDS-Via Zoom

August 16 @ 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 pm-8:30 pm, Cost: $10, 2 Credit Hours, Presenter: Shelly Martin 

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Part 1 Building Resilience- Via Zoom

August 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Part 1 Building Resilience will introduce participants to tools and strategies to help them reduce stress, anxiety and promote a stronger mental and physical state of health and well-being.  Part 1 will also help the participant develop a stronger sense of self-awareness to physical changes in their body when things become out of balance or too stressful.  These training sessions are especially open to parents, grandparents, foster parents and caregivers. Upon completion of Part 1 a set of Resilience flashcards…

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Calling All Smile Crusaders! & Brushing is Fun! (In Person @ Smart Start of Pender County)

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

Baby teeth are important! Beginning when the first tooth emerges, child care administrators, caregivers, educators, and staff play an important role in young children’s oral health. Hear the latest on early childhood oral health – everything from national statistics to policies of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. If you work with young children or their parents, you’ll want to know this basic information and how you can help prevent tooth decay. ‘Brushing is Fun!’…

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September 2022

Supporting Breastfeeding Families: A Guide for Early Care Providers Via Zoom

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Many childcare centers and providers find it challenging to provide support for breastfeeding mothers while the child is in their care. Come enhance your skills and knowledge and learn some tools for making this important time of life easier for your parents. Breastfeeding packets and resources will be provided. 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, Cost: $10, 2 Credit Hours, Presenter: Norma Escobar, WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, NHC DHHS  

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Introduction to Foundations (In Person at Smart Start of Pender County)

September 17 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

This introductory session provides important information that adults need in order to use The Foundations For Early Learning and Development effectively. We discuss the purpose of the document, how it should be used, and what’s included. 9:00-2:30 pm, Cost: $10, (The training is free to Pender County Early Educators. Call to register.), 5 Credit Hours, Presenters: Shelly Martin and Candice Dillard  

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Part 2 Building Resilience Via Zoom

September 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Part 2 Building Resilience is a continuance of Part 1.  The participants will complete the tools given in Part 1 and practice in groups applying what they learn in both Parts 1 and 2.  The training will review and complete the tools and strategies to reset the nervous system.  All training sessions are open to parents, grandparents, foster parents and caregivers.  Let’s build a stronger more resilient FAMILY. Upon completion of the three-part Resilience series an incentive will be given…

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