Emergency Preparedness & Response in Child Care-Virtual Event-Instructor Led via Zoom Aug. 9, 2021 6:00pm-8:00pm

8/9/2021 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.


Must attend entire session in order to receive credit.  No partial credit will be awarded.


The training is presented in a 2 hour session with 30 minutes of pre/post work that is completed on your own time.



Course Description


The Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) in Child Care Training provides early educators with information and tools to prepare for many types of emergencies. The EPR in Child Care Training addresses NC Child Care Rules on emergency preparedness, current best practice recommendations, and guidance on completing the online EPR Plan. The EPR Plan template can be found on the North Carolina Emergency Management website. The training is presented in a 2 hour session with 30 minutes of pre/post work that is completed on your own time. NC Child Care Rules require that a designated individual from all licensed centers and family child care homes complete the training and submit a facility EPR Plan. Be prepared! Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

Each participant will receive 2.5 CHC for attending and completing all required coursework.

Registration is $12.00


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

Hannah Coffey joins Southwestern Child Care Resource and Referral as a Technical Assistance and Training Consultant. Hannah has over 10 years’ experience working in a variety of preschool classrooms.  She holds a Level 11 on the NC Early Educator Certificate with technical assistance and professional development endorsements. Hannah received a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Care and Education from the University of NC at Greensboro.

She enjoys exploring the western mountains and meeting new people.

Registration open through 8/5/2021 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)



Via Zoom

Course link provided to all registered participants

Continuing Education
CHC: Hours - 2.5

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