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Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute (ECPAI)

Be Active Kids

Monday, September 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Raleigh, NC

Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute (ECPAI)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
ECPAI Opening Session   more info Ended $25.00 $0.00
ECPAI - Candidates Only   more info Ended $250.00 $0.00

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Event Details

TODAY ONLY - SEPTEMBER 27th

FREE REGISTRATION TO OPENING SESSION - USE PROMO CODE: freeday


Be Active Kids®, signature program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation has teamed up with Dr. Diane Craft of Active Play Books to provide an extensive physical activity training experience to individuals working with child care providers, preschool teachers or others who interact with large groups of young children on a regular basis.


The purpose of this annual Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute (ECPAI) is to provide participants with ongoing knowledge and skills needed to transfer developmentally appropriate physical activity and movement experiences to early childhood educators.

 

ECAPI Overview Handout

 

This year's Opening Session Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Linda Carson, Director of Choosy Kids, LLC & Motor Development Expert, West Virginia University, WV
Dr. Carson is the Ware Distinguished Professor at West Virginia University and the Director of the WV Motor Development Center. Professor Carson has many years of teaching experience and expertise in childhood motor development. Professor Carson has developed award winning physical activity programs for infants, babies, toddlers, pre-school, and elementary school age children in both land-based and water-based learning environments. Dr Carson is the lead trainer for an obesity prevention initiative for the national Office of Head Start (I am Moving, I am Learning) and serves on the Head Start Body Start Advisory Board.


Linda Kinney, Play and Nature Expert, North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC
Linda Kinney manages the NC Zoo’s Playful Pedagogy, an umbrella for the NC Zoo’s play programs. Linda is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Play and Playwork from the University of Gloucestershire in England to supplement her work on ap-proaches to facilitating play as a means of support to early learning professionals and other individuals who engage with chil-dren. Linda also backs the play programs in kidZone and throughout the NC Zoo. Linda’s teaching venues include the Univer-sity of NC at Greensboro, High Point University and school’s within N.C. Guilford County School system. During her 12 years at the Zoo, Linda’s responsibilities have included determining key environmental messages, managing research and development of informal education programs and coordinating the Zoo’s informal education programs. Linda is committed to supporting children’s outdoor play opportunities and can often be found playing outside.

 

Dr. Carolyn Ward (or Jason Urroz), Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Kids In Parks, Asheville, NC

Dr. Carolyn Ward is CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, where she was brought in to start the successful Kids in Parks Initiative in 2008. Carolyn earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Forestry and specializes in using communication to modify behavior in a free-choice learning environment…in this case… outdoors in nature. Carolyn is a decorated professor and award-winning researcher and author. She serves as the Editor for a research journal and has dedicated the later part of her career to forming partnerships and building connections and capacity in all that she does. Her work with Kids in Parks Initiative involves collaborations with the National Park Service, State Parks, local community groups, the Cherokee Nation and numerous non-profit foundations and private groups to address children’s lack of connection to natural resources and the myriad of associat-ed health problems due to the lack of physical activity.

 

 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). ® Registered Marks of the BCBSA. Be Active Kids is a registered mark of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Have questions about Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute (ECPAI)? Contact Be Active Kids

When & Where


Marbles Kids Museum & UNC Botanical Gardens
201 East Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Monday, September 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EDT)


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Be Active Kids

Be Active Kids® is a siganture program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. 

This early childhood health initiative focuses on providing physical activity related support and resources to individuals caring for young children in North Carolina.  Be Active Kids utilizes a developmentally appropriate curricula and various training modules to increase physical activity of both children and adults in early childhood settings.   

The Be Active Kids message is carried out through five cuddly and adventurous characters including Blue the caring cub, Glide the bird, Swing the monkey, Leap the rabbit and Dart the dog.  Using these characters as their guides, children can engage in playful experiences, interact with a story, explore their natural surroundings, and much more.

Be Active Kids works with child care center, child care homes, and schools across North Carolina on the following 10 components:

  • Understand the importance of physical activity, movement, skill development and play
  • Assess for a health environment
  • Set goals and create and action plan related to physical activity
  • Integrate physical activity into planning routines
  • Alter policies related to physical activity
  • Incorporate staff wellness including physical activity
  • Provide parent education related to physical activity and play
  • Alter indoor and outdoor environments that enhance physical activity and active play
  • Choose and use physical activity equipment appropriately
  • Sustaining an active and healthy environment


The Be Active Kids also utilizes curricula designed to provide developmentally appropriate, fun and interactive information and activity for young children birth to five years old. Instructional materials provide physical activity content along with instructional strategies in four focus areas motor skill development, health-related fitness, play, and nature.  Integrating learning and movement is a key to developing a balanced and healthy child who understands and interacts with the world around them.

Be Active Kids offers several training modules, based on the ten items listed above, to assist in the continuing education of early childhood professionals.  Our various training modules vary in length from one to five hours and are intended to be connected together to develop a deeper level of competence while assisting educators in gaining CEUs towards certification.  Each training module includes active engagement and physical activity, relevant and up-to-date information, practical examples and application of the information presented, and follow-up action.  Be Active Kids trainings relate to following NC Division of Child Development topic areas:  (1) Planning a safe, healthy learning environment; (2) Children’s physical & intellectual development; (3) Child growth development; and (4) Productive relationships with families.



Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). ® Registered Marks of the BCBSA. Be Active Kids is a registered mark of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

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