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Impact Summit Saturday, June 24th at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Join PBS North Carolina at our Annual Impact Early Childhood Education Summit

The Impact Early Childhood Education Summit is a gathering of Early Childhood Education Professionals, parents and caregivers aimed at celebrating and supporting those who are helping children, birth through third grade, to grow strong roots for a healthy foundation. Enjoy presentations and breakout sessions, network with colleagues and earn contact hour credits on art integration, educational media, STEM curriculum, equity in education, parenting and more.

The Impact Summit is free to attend but registration is required. Register now. >

Teachers may use this Impact Summit for Continuing Education Units. 

June 24, 2023 
9 AM—4:30 PM 

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Asheville, NC

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Virtual Conference

The PBS North Carolina Education team will hold a one-day virtual conference on Saturday, July 15th, featuring highlighted sessions from the 2023 Impact Summit.

Attendance is free and open to all. Teachers may use the virtual conference for Continuing Education Credits.

What is the Impact Early Childhood Education Summit?

PBS North Carolina, NC DHHS Division of Childhood Development and Early Childhood Education and the NC Department of Public Instruction have come together to deliver a full day conference for educators. What happens in the early years of a child’s life shapes the rest of their lives in important ways, but too often, those who are doing the work in those early years are overlooked in professional development and parenting support events.

Discover new strategies for helping our youngest learners (birth to grade 3) grow strong roots in literacy and beyond at this daylong event for educators, parents and caregivers. Attend presentations and breakout sessions, network with colleagues and earn contact hour credits on topics ranging from art integration, educational media and STEM curriculum to equity in education and parenting. 

Highlights from 2022 Impact Summit

PBS North Carolina Education, along with our many partners, hosted an in-person conference at UNC Charlotte on June 18, 2022 and a virtual conference on June 25, 2022. Explore highlights from our in-person conference below. Register now to join us this year in Asheville on June 24, 2023. >

2022 Speakers

2022 Keynote Speaker

Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons is an award-winning children’s book author, teaching artist and founding member of the Brown Bookshelf, which raises awareness of Black voices writing for young readers. Her mission is to center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship and heritage. 

She has written more than 20 books for young readers. Among her acclaimed titles are Caldecott Honor winner "Going Down Home with Daddy" and Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award recipient "Ty’s Travels: Zip, Zoom."

2022 Featured Panel Discussion

Fred Rogers Productions

Roberta L. Schomburg, Ph.D, a child development advisor for Fred Rogers Productions, moderated a discussion on the ways in which the group's social-emotional focused series build upon one another to form a well-rounded curriculum to foster development and growth for children through the years.

Kristin DiQuollo (Supervising Producer, Donkey Hodie)
Olubunmi Mia Olufemi (Supervising Producer, Alma’s Way)
Chris Loggins (Supervising Producer, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood)

This event is made possible by the generosity of our partners:

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Development and Early Education
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

The 2022 Impact Early Childhood Education Summit is made possible by Grant Number 90TP0056-03-00 from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.