Directors & Administrators

The Institute is committed to promoting and supporting professional development for North Carolina early educators working with and on the behalf of children birth through age twelve. Below are numerous resources and tools for program administrators working in the field to support professional growth and learning.  Additional information is available throughout our website for all who work in the field. If you have suggestions for additional content to add to the website or should you have questions, please email Debra Torrence at

Accreditation Scholarships – NAEYC Child Care Program Accreditation Scholarships are available. Click here.

College Courses Financial aid for early educators seeking college courses is available through a variety of sources. Click here to learn more.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) CEUs Facts & Tips

  • CEUs count for inservice training
  • Approving bodies for CEU content:
    • A regionally accredited community college or university or
    • A local education agency (LEA) or
    • A member of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (

Financial Aid for CEUs

Providing CEUs Interested in offering CEUs?  Learn more here.

Great Early Childhood Teachers

North Carolina is home to over 40,000 early childhood teachers. Great early childhood teachers work all across our state with more than 200,000 children in early care and school age settings. Workforce supports including scholarships, salary supplements, on-site technical assistance and quality improvement efforts supported by Smart Start and state resources increase the potential that children will benefit from a great teacher. Great early childhood teachers yield great returns. •    Children who participate in strong early childhood programs with great teachers do better in school and life. •    Parents are able to work and be more productive at work when they know their child(ren) are with a great teacher. •    Taxpayers see a significant benefit from their investment in great early childhood teachers — about a $7 return for every dollar. Supporting Great Teachers in NC – Great early childhood teachers are in your program. Print, post, email, copy and share this brochure with programs and parents!

Professional Development Options

Credit & CEU Opportunities

Assessing Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT example)

Individual Professional Development  Plan (IPDP)

NC Prekindergarten Teacher Professional Development Plan

NC Public School Teacher Professional Development Plan

Career Planning Tools

Self Assessment for Administrators of Child Care Programs There are 76 items covering 11 different competency areas in this self-assessment. For each item, a self-rating between one and five is given.  


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