ITS SIDS-Virtual Event-Live 6pm-8pm

8/18/2022 6:00 PM-8:00 PM



Participants must be employed at a child care facility such as a child care center, school age facility, or family child care home.



 Participants must have a video camera on their device and be willing to turn it on during the training to ensure active participation throughout the event.





Course Description


Providers will be able to identify safe sleeping habits for infants and toddlers. Policies and sleep care waivers will be introduced, tummy time importance and also breastfeeding awareness will be discussed. Providers can expect to learn and understand safe sleep environments that promote children's growth, healthy learning and development.

Each participant will receive 2.0 CHC for attending and completing all required coursework.

Registration is $15.00


Hope Buckner is the Regional Infant Toddler Specialist for Southwestern CCR&R and covers the thirteen most western counties.  She has worked in early childhood education since 2010.  Most of those years were spent in the classroom as an Infant/toddler teacher.  She graduated from Western Carolina University in 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Birth-Kindergarten.


She is currently working on receiving her Level 11 NC Early Education Certification with Professional Development and Technical Assistant Endorsement from the NC Institute for Child Development Professional to offer support to all early childhood teachers.  In her free time she enjoys puzzles, music and baseball.

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

Registration open through 8/11/2022 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)



Via Zoom

Course link provided to all registered participants



Participants must have a video camera on their device and be willing to turn it on during the training to ensure active participation throughout the event.

Continuing Education
CHC: Hours - 2

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