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For Childcare Providers

The Partnership’s professional development coordinator can help you plan and attain your professional development goals. She won’t do your homework, but she will help you select college-level coursework, register for classes, and find sources of financial aid.

Early Educator’s Certification (EEC)

Are you interested in being recognized as a professional in the early childhood field? Would you like to take advantage of the benefits offered you by holding this certification. Click here to learn more about the EEC!

The regional training calendar with workshops and trainings throughout the ten county region can be found by clicking the calendar link at the bottom of this page.

Contact the Albemarle Smart Start Technical Assistance Team at 252-333-3205 or for professional development guidelines and applications.

Go online: While it is evident that getting an education is beneficial for child care providers, it can be difficult to find the time to attend classes. Online classes are a helpful alternative, as busy professionals can take classes according to their schedules.

Early childhood education courses, both online and traditional, are offered at the following area colleges:

Download the FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Learn more about T.E.A.C.H. scholarships financial aid for child care providers

Information about where to send paperwork for the Early Educator Certification.

Our Impact This Year

  • People Helped


  • Volunteer Hours


  • Dollars Raised


  • Program Participants


  • Wal-Mart
  • Towne Bank
    Towne Bank
  • Food Lion
    Food Lion
  • Wells Fargo
    Wells Fargo
  • BB&T
  • Potash
  • NC Partnership for Children
    NC Partnership for Children
  • Childcare Services Association
    Childcare Services Association
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services
    NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Division of Child Development and Early Education
    Division of Child Development and Early Education
  • NC Pre-K Program
    NC Pre-K Program

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