ECPAI Structure

Day One:  Opening Session (9:00am-1:00pm)

The Opening Session may be attended by ANYONE who is interested in learning more about physical activity and play for young children.   This is a unique experience to hear from leading experts from all over the world in one location.  Previous audiences have included parents, school teachers, child care providers, school administrators, public health staff, children's museum staff, parks and recreation staff, YMCA staff, Boys & Girls staff, legislators, funders, local and state government employees and more.

Cost:  $25.00*


Day One:  Continuing Education Workshop (2:00pm -4:00pm)

This two-hour workshop is provided by one of our featured experts from the Opening Session which makes it different each year.  This workshop is intended for past graduates of the ECPAI and newly selected candidates  and others interested in learning more about topics presented in our opening session.  Previous topics included increasing movement in infants and toddlers, integrating physical activity and play throughout the day, and Choosy Kids/I am Moving, I am Learning.

Cost: $75.00*


Day Two and Three:  Intensive Training (9:00am-5:00pm)

These two, fun-filled days are facilitated by Richard Rairigh of Be Active Kids and Dr. Diane Craft of Active Play Books and is open only to the 15 previously selected candidates.  Interested and committed applicants need to register and provide references.  Topics covered over these days include defining physical activity, play, motor skills, movement concepts, active role modeling, planning for physical activity, managing an active environment, using appropriate equipment and loose parts, observing and assessing movement, and more.  Participants will be actively engaged in the play and learning experiences using various instructional methods and interacting with young children and peers.

Cost:  $250.00*



*Financial assistance and scholarships are available for students, parents, providers and others.  Please let us know if you are need of financial assistance to attend any of these sessions.


  • Preservice Teachers Learn to Use Be Active Kids in Limited Spaces

    I really enjoyed our class meeting. It was interesting to discover that you can do just about anything with children in the classroom where there may not be much space to encourage them to be active.  A change that I will make in my own life is to be more active, as well as my daughter. I will share this information with my friends that have children such as yoga animals, or Simon Says.

    Cathy Sesta, Parent & Child Care Provider
  • Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute

    Thank you for inviting me to be part of this year’s Institute. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the experience. You’re doing amazing work and I hope I’ll be able to continue contributing to it a bunch in the future.

    Rae Pica,
  • Plenty of Resources That I Can Use and Share

    This class was informative, and I look forward to being physically active with young children. On Friday, I volunteered at a Parents Night Out through my daughter's school. When I got there the kids were watching a movie. I got them up to play Simon Says and Red Light Green Light, however, after that I was stuck on what to do. I wish I had the knowledge I gained from this class, to have made it more exciting.

    I enjoyed your Land and Lake Activity.

    Venessa Wright, Parent & Child Care Provider
  • Be Active Kids Trainers Rock!

    I loved the training.  I would have loved it more if I had the other teachers from my center there also.  I am really looking forward to taking my kit to work and sharing it with my staff.  I liked Brittney, she reminded me of myself as far as being very active and motivated.  When I am at work with my little ones we stay busy all day.  I feel like singing my instructions and dancing my actions helps them to focus better on what I need for them to do.  Britney was great and I learned a lot from her. I am always trying to find new little ways to get the kids moving.

    Tiffany Daniel, Sandhill Community College

    The Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute was just wonderful!  Thank you again for including me in such an important effort to create and sustain leaders in EC physical activity. I would love to return to NC anytime that you think I can help. I enjoyed meeting the folks who work with you and hearing about all of the great things that are planned. 

    Linda Carson, Choosy Kids
  • Be Active Kids has Much to Offer

    Congratulations to you and everyone who has been promoting PA for young
    children in NC. You have much to be proud of here. Be Active Kids is an excellent source of ideas for promoting active play in unstructured settings. The Be Active Kids website also has resources on promoting unstructured active play. I encourage folks to review these resources. 

    Diane Craft, SUNY Cortland & Active Play Books