**2020-2021 Individual Membership Registration




Access to all self-paced/on-demand events for one low price of $99. Over 60 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 through June 30, 2021.


What do you get?


  • Access to all self-paced/on-demand courses for one LOW PRICE!
  • 200+ hours of course content.
  • Over 60 courses.


  • Courses continue to be updated.


  • Course content is relevant for Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood, 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.


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 6/30/2021 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

For Additional Information Please Contact

Karen Darby is the Early Learning MultiMedia Manager 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 self-paced events is .



Individual Membership is nontransferable.



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

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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