Early Bird Registration: $60-deadline December 1, 2019
After December 1, regular registration is $85       

Group rate until January 25: $60 per person



Saturday, March 14, 2020
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Make-Up Date: March 14, 2020

DCDEE or CEU credit provided

East Chapel Hill High School,
500 Weaver Dairy Road
Chapel Hill, NC

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A.S.K. (Advancing Skills and Knowledge) CONFERENCE


Early Bird Registration extended until December 16, 2019 ($60)

Group Registration deadline January 25, 2020 ($60) -10 or more registering together
After December 16, 2019, regular registration fee is $85.00




Those in attendance include teachers, directors and administrators from early education and school age programs across North Carolina representing: child care; Early Head Start; Head Start; NC Pre-K; Smart Start; half-day preschool; special education; health and human service agency providers and child advocates.

A group discount is available for groups of 10 or more registering and paying together ($60 per person) by January 25, 2020. The later you register as a group, the less likely you are to get your first choice. To receive the group rate, fax your registration forms to 919-403-6959. You can then call and provide your credit card information over the phone. 

Check-in will take place in the lobby on the 2nd floor of East Chapel Hill High School. During the conference if you have a problem or need additional information, you may go to the help desk. The help desk will be open on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Folders with general information and schedules for the day may be picked up at the check-in table.

A box lunch is available at the conference by purchase ($10.00) in advance. It features your choice of a roasted turkey sandwich or a spinach veggie wrap, chips and a cookie.*We strive to work with our food service vendors to provide safe and delicious meals for those with dietary restrictions.  Despite taking every precaution, we cannot guarantee that menu items are free of trace amounts of allergens or other ingredients.

We encourage all participants to arrive on time. Late entrances are disruptive to the presenters and other participants. As was true last year, there are several parking lots to use, and traffic monitors will be available early Saturday morning to help you. Parking is limited; please carpool if possible.

There are three sessions, each offering 1.5 hour workshops in the conference as well as a limited seating one-hour keynote address. If you wish to attend the keynote, you must pre-register. You will have only a 30-minute break before the keynote begins so order a box lunch with your registration or bring your lunch to the conference. Please note that if you choose to skip the keynote you will have a long break between sessions.

There are five (5) in-depth CEU workshops for which you will receive .5 Continuing Education Units and a special certificate for participating. 

We will again have an exhibit area with vendors for you to visit. Everyone who attends the conference will have a chance to win a collection of children’s books and toys. You will receive a ticket in your conference packet when you arrive. To be entered in the drawing, you will just need to fill out your ticket and drop it in one of the many boxes on tables in the exhibit area.

Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Workshops will be in classrooms throughout the high school, so you will have a little walking to do.

Refunds of registration fees will not be made. CCSA reserves the right to make changes in workshops and speakers, or to cancel workshops if enrollment criteria are not met or when conditions beyond our control prevail. In the event of inclement weather, a make-up date for the conference has been set for March 14, 2020. All registrations will transfer to the snow date in the event of a weather cancellation.


 Foundations for Life: Being Emotionally Responsive for Young Children 

Join Ron in discussing our role in a young child’s development and how it connects to social emotional skills. We will consider brain development when defining ourselves as facilitators of social emotional development and employ hands on strategies that supports a child’s independence. From this session, participants will be able to articulate three points that define their role as a child’s social emotional facilitator; will list social emotional skills that can be encouraged in the learning environment; and will apply hands-on strategies that can be used with intentional instruction.

Ron brings over 20 years of experience in the education industry to his position of Lead Educational Presenter for Lakeshore Learning Materials. In this role, Ron has presented to school districts, public and private institutions, Head Start programs, and military bases across the country. By focusing on the importance of play in the learning process, Ron’s interactive trainings help educators enrich the curricula related to language development, math, science, music and diversity.


How to Crack a Walnut with Erica Berry

Have you ever had a class where the kids were wild? What about super shy? Or was it a mixed bag? Guess what? This workshop will give you tangible techniques using music and movement to successfully engage children in such classes. Once techniques are shared, you will have an opportunity to participate in real exercises so that you can hit the ground running in your classroom. Be sure to attend this interactive workshop that will keep you on your toes!

For the last 13 years, Erica has served as a music and movement professional in preschools and to families all over the Triangle. She created the Theatre Arts Department at Woods Charter School and the voice program at Renner Dance Studios. She has worked with all ages of kids and adults in her capacity as a certified Group Fitness Instructor. Her passion is leading children and adults to greater happiness and health through movement and music. Erica studied Political Science and Music at Howard University and went on to pursue her Juris Doctorate degree at Hastings College of the Law. She practiced Corporate Law for 6 years before having her first child in 2002. She started an early childhood music education program, Jammin Baby, LLC, in 2006.  Check Erica out at


Geography of Connections: Creating a Community of Learners

You can earn a .5 CEU by participating in three workshop sessions, a lunch-time seminar focused on the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood learning.This year participants will have the option of attending the lunch-time seminar or the keynote session. A special feature this year will be off-site tours. Ateliers will be added that highlight a language of expression.  A brief introduction to the atelier will be followed by hands-on work with the materials. During the session participants will reflect on their experiences while thinking about their own context. You must attend Reggio sessions all day to qualify for the CEU credit.

We look forward to seeing you in February























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