**2021/2022 Group Membership






Please be sure to register using the email address and name of the person who is the intended recipient of the Group Code.  


A group code will be sent to you within 3 working days of registering for the Group Membership.


Once your group code is established, the email address/name used at registration for this event is the person at your group who will distribute the Group Code to the intended users for each member in your group.





Access to all SWCDC events published on the SWCDC website or training calendar for one low facility price. Over 100 courses. Over 200+ hours of course content. Content is relevant for all age groups including infant/toddler, preschool, school age and family child care homes. All courses are approved by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education. Membership is valid through June 30, 2022.


What do you get?


  • Access to all SWCDC Courses for one LOW PRICE!
  • 200+ hours of course content.
  • Over 100+ courses.


  • New courses continue to be added.


  • Course content is relevant for Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood, NC Pre K School Age & Family Child Care Homes.


  • All courses are approved by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education.


  • For course approval in other states, please check our state approval map.



  • All self-paced courses offer CEUs (continuing education units) which are equivalent to CHCs (contact hour credit).
  • Self paced courses are available on demand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Online course support from instructor available during working hours.


  • Courses vary in length from 1 hour to 6 hours.


Wide variety of topics.


Topics include:

  • Classroom Behaviors
  • Environmental Rating Scales
  • BSAC (Basic School Age Care)
  • Fire Safety
  • New Staff Orientation
  • NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Children with Incarcerated Parents
  • Dual Language Learners
  • Language and Literacy
  • Picky Eaters
  • Tattling
  • Teaching Intentionally
  • Professionalism
  • Preventing Injuries
  • Health & Safety
  • Anger & Aggression
  • Staff Turnover
  • Personalities
  • Infant Toddler Development
  • C.L.A.S.S
  • Mental Health
  • Biting
  • Lesson Planning
  • Gang Awareness
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome & Abusive Head Trauma
  • Transitions
  • Time Out (or not)
  • Talking Back
  • Smoking/Vaping
  • Zika Virus
  • and many others!



Level 1 – 5 staff memberships - $299

Level 2 – 10 staff memberships - $499

Level 3 – 20 staff memberships - $899

Level 4 – 35 staff memberships - $1299

Level 5 – 50 staff memberships - $1699

Level 6 - 100 staff memberships - $3199



  • The group membership provides maximum flexibility for organizers to choose which staff are included.
  • A group membership code is assigned to the administrator/owner/director for the number of slots that were purchased.
  • A representative/administrator from SWCDC will assign you a group code within 3working days of purchasing a group membership.
  • Staff using the group membership will need to enter the group code on their registration form at the bottom of the form in the space where it indicates “Discount Code'.
  • If you operate multiple sites, your membership can cover any individuals that you choose regardless of which site they work at, providing maximum flexibility for organizers.



Group memberships begin July 1 and end June 30. NOTE that introductory group memberships purchased between April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 will be valid until June 30, 2022.


  • Group memberships can be purchased at any time.
  • You will receive a notification prior to July 1 that your membership is about to expire. You will have control of renewing your membership.



For a complete list of all events with descriptions, including virtual and seated events, check here. On demand courses can be found here. A specific list of Health & Safety courses is also available. If you need additional information, contact Karen Darby at darby.karen@swcdcinc.org or 828-226-0047.



  • Group membership includes trainings required by the NC DCDEE such as Orientation for new staff, ITS-SIDS, BSAC, Playground Safety, Emergency Preparedness & Response, NC Foundations, Fire Safety, and multiple options to meet health and safety training requirements.

SWCDC professional development staff are available to assist course participants and answer questions. For those staff taking on-demand courses, widgets in the course software provide easy access to instructor support should someone need help.

  • Electronic course certificates will be available for participants to download and print upon completion of course requirements. For self-paced courses, participants can download the certificate immediately upon completion of the course directly from the course software!

SWCDC continually works to meet the professional development needs of our early childhood educators. When we receive feedback or requests, we consider those when developing new course content.

  • For additional information, please visit the SWCDC Website or Contact Karen Darby at darby.karen@swcdcinc.org or 828-226-0047.

You may pay with a Purchase Order and receive an invoice for group memberships. Please contact Karen Darby darby.karen@swcdcinc.org or 828-226-0047 to create a Purchase Order for your group membership.

Once SWCDC receives payment, the organizer will receive their group membership code within 3 working days of the payment being received.


Introductory Group Memberships purchased April 1 through June 30, 2021 will be valid through June 30, 2022.


15 months for the price of 12 months!


Registration open through 6/30/2022 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

For Additional Information Please Contact

Karen Darby is the Early Learning MultiMedia Manager at Southwestern Child Development Commission, Inc.  Creating and delivering continuing education learning events are a part of her duties.  Karen maintains assists participants with registration, assists instructors with course creations and reviews courses for accuracy and alignment policy.  Karen is an elected member of the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs Board of Advisors and Karen also currently serves on the Bylaws Polcies and Procedures Commitee for IACET (the International Association for Continuing Education and Training) and PBS Teachers Advisory Group, and CLASS Advisory Panel..  She is a past member of  the Distance Education Taskforce  and  Badging Committe for IACET, to help create a distance learning resource guide to help clarify each of the IACET standards as well determine how each Continuing Education/Training standard applies in the world of distance learning.  Karen has also also served on the Program Committee of EdMedia 2017 - World Conference on Educational Media & Technology for AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education) as a reviewer of conference papers. 

Karen holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education from West Virginia University,  a Masters Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a MicroMasters degree in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Maryland. 

She holds a Level 12 Early Educator Certificate in both the Early Care and School Age Fields  with endorsements in Professional Development, Technical Assistance, and Administration.

Before becoming the Early Learning MultiMedia Manager at SWCDC, Karen was the School Age Education Specialist. Karen has also served as the Board President for the North Carolina Afterschool Coalition and worked as the Regional School Age Specialist for Region 7 providing technical assistance and training to afterschool professionals.

Karen has been employed with Southwestern Child Development Commission, Inc. since August of 2011. Karen’s work experience also includes More at Four Teacher with Gaston County Schools, Technical Assistant with the Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston Counties, Adjunct Instructor at Gaston College in Gaston County, Director at Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church Child Care Center, and lead teacher at Ashford Academy.

Contact Karen at darby.karen@swcdcinc.org


Access to all events published on the SWCDC website/calendar.



Level 1 - up to 5 staff memberships - $299

Level 2 - up to 10 staff memberships - $499

Level 3 - up to 20 staff memberships - $899

Level 4 - up to 35 staff memberships - $1299

Level 5 - up to 50 staff memberships - $1699

Level 6 - up to 100 staff memberships - $3199


*Group code will be assigned by SWCDC administrator within 3 working days of receipt of facility registration/payment and verification of license capacity.


  • Once assigned, staff will input the Group code into the Discount Code box at the bottom of the registration form.
  • Membership begins July 1 and ends on June 30.
  • The introductory group memberships purchased beginning April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 will be valid through June 30, 2022. - 15 months for the price of 12 months!
  • A membership can be purchased at any time.
  • Please see the FAQ document on our website for additional information.
  • Groups can pay with a Purchase Order if unable to pay via electronic credit card transaction.
  • Contact Karen Darby to be assigned a Purchase Order (PO) number and to receive an invoice.
  • Upon receipt of the payment, the organizer will receive a Group Code to use for staff registration within 3 working days.



About Us


Operating since 1972, Southwestern Child Development Commission supports early childhood education through multiple systems including operating as a direct early education provider, regional and state level Child Care Resource & Referral services, child care subsidy eligibility services for low income families in 11 NC counties, family support services and activities, and involvement/engagement in statewide and national early childhood committees and initiatives.

Technology Information


All SWCDC self-paced courses are accessible from any electronic device that is connected to the internet, such as a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.


  • No special downloads to install!!
  • Opens right in your internet browser!
  • Recommended browsers are Google Chrome, Firefox & Safari.
  • Download your course certificate directly from the course software upon completion!



*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.



Technology needs:

  • Access to the internet
  • Any internet ready device
  • Access to a working email address is needed
  • Software requirements: Audio, PDF reader, access to email




Live 'virtual' events may use Zoom or GoToMeeting or another live learning event software. Details for each will be given in the course description and with the information sent by the instructor of the course.


Face to Face/Seated events will be held in various locations in the 13 most western counties of North Carolina. Look for events happening near you!