*Individual Membership Registration






Access to all SWCDC events published on the training calendar for one low price of $99. 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 one year from date of purchase.


What do you get?


  • Access to ALL SWCDC events/courses published on the SWCDC website or training calendar for one low price.
  • Individual membership is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.
  • 200+ hours of course content.
  • Over 100 courses.


  • New courses continue to be added & updated.


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


  • All courses are approved by the NC DCDEE.


  • For course approval in other states, please check our state approval map.
  • Courses offer CEUs (continuing education units) which are equivalent to CHCs (contact hour credit).


  • Courses vary in length from 1 hour to 6 hours.
  • All self-paced courses offer CEUs (continuing education units) which are equivalent to CHCs (contact hour credit). For example, .2 CEU is equal to 2 CHC.
  • Self-paced courses can be taken any time, available as soon you register, you'll receive a confirmation email with a link to the course software.
  • Online course support available from instructor during normal business 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!




Registration open through 7/31/2023 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

For Additional Information Please Contact

Karen Darby is the Director of Learning and Development 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 SWCDC events published on the training calendar is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase for the price of $99.



Individual Membership is nontransferable.



Individual Membership is non-refundable once a course has been accessed.

About Us

Southwestern Child Development Commission


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!