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This free learning series is part of a two-year project funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

In Phase I (spring 2013) offered a mix of online and in-person training sessions to over 100 certified early educators.

In Phase II (spring 2014) the series is being offered in two parts – a webinar series and an in-person training.  The free webinar only series was available to new EEC applicants only and is now closed.  

The Phase II, two-part series is being offered in designated areas in partnership with local organizations. See CEU Training Overview and Phase II sites in the next column.

Part 1 is a recorded webinar series totaling 5 hours of credit.

Part 2 is an in-person, half day training offered iat sites across the state (see next column).

These trainings are available only to certified early educators or new applicants (for the webinar only series).

When the two parts are combined the format of the training is designed to support early educators meeting colleagues working in their region and together building a learning community to grow their knowledge and skills about…

  • How to describe what you do and why quality early childhood education is so important to children and families.
  • How national, state and local public policy, laws and rules for our field are developed.
  • How the parts of NC’s early childhood system work together to support our profession.
  • How Early Educator Certification recognizes and rewards early educators.
  • And more!

Participants will have access to a robust resource library, an online learning community and more.

Upon completion of the series, each successful participant will receive a free 1.0 CEU through UNC Wilmington to support educational requirements for employment, Early Educator Certification renewal and/or facility licensing (as applicable) and be connected to project partners to support ongoing learning.

A participant application is required and does not guarantee participation.  Applications will be reviewed to inform the selection of regional participants to address the project goals. See contact information at the end of this section.

Contact Debra Torrence at dtorrence@ncicdp.org if you have questions about this project.

Project Partners

The North Carolina Institute for Child Development Professionals, the NC Early Childhood Association, the Diversity in Leadership Alliance and resource partner NC Child Care Coalition, are working together to provide an additional benefit for certified early educators.

Up to 500 certified early educators (250 per project period) or EEC applicants with a complete application will be offered with an opportunity to earn 10 DCDEE contact hours or 1.0 CEU at no charge.

Private funding will provide participants in the Lifting Voices Project Continuing Education (CEU) Series with training sessions between January and May 2013 and again in fall 2013.




Space is limited and is first come first served. Participants must be certified and work through local partners to apply online. All early educators are eligible to participate, regardless of employment, role or location.

Interested but not yet certified? Click to access an EEC application.

Participants must complete both parts of the training to be eligible for a free CEU. Space is limited to 30 participants per site in Phase II.

Participants may be identified by local site organizations. Email Debra Torrence with questions at  dtorrence@ncicdp.org.

Phase II Sites

  • Feb 25 – Sylva 
  • March 1 – Pittsboro  
  • March 15 – Pinehurst 
  • March 29 - Blowing Rock 
  • Statesville – Free 1.0 CEU – complete webinar series on YouTube then attend in-person session on April 30 4 – 7:30 PM by registering online for Statesville location.
Partners Training 
  • Jan 30 and March 24 – Greenville – FULL

Waiting List

If you would like to sign up on the Lifting Voices training waiting list, click on this link and await more details!


Winter 2013
  • Webinar Series – Completed -
Fall 2013
  • Webinar Series Only
Summer 2013
  • Online Webinar Series
Spring 2013
  • Wake & Johnston Forsyth,
  • Guilford & Randolph 
  • Mecklenburg & Union 
  • Orange & Durham






Tools & Requirements



Participants are required to:

  • Be certified or have applied for Early Educator Certification.
  • Have an active email address.
  • Have access to the Internet.
  • Complete CEU requirements 

Participant Comments & Photos

Participants share why they applied…

- “To learn more about Public Policy, how laws and rules for our field are developed.”


- “Understanding how national, state and local public policy, laws and rules for the early care and education field are developed and implemented.”


- “I want to share vital information with teachers and other professionals working in the Early Childhood Education field that will encourage and motivate individuals to become involved in enhancing quality & professionalism in child care.”

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