Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute

Be Active Kids®, a signature program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation has teamed up with Dr. Diane Craft of Active Play Books  and other international, national, and local experts in the fields of Health, Physical Activity, Recreation, Physical Education, Play, Nature, and Community Environments 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.


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 & recreation staff, YMCA staff, Boys & Girls Clubs staff, legislators, funders, local and state government employees, and more.  All candidates and alumni are asked to attend the opening session as well.



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

This workshop is provided by one or more of our featured experts from the Opening Session which makes it different each year.  This workshop is intended to give a practical approach or hands on experiences to those who want more after 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.



Days Two & 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 ONLY for 15 previously selected candidates.  Interested and committed participants need to register and provide references. Topics covered over these days include defining physical activity and 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 active engaged in the play and learning experience using various instructional methods and interacting with young children and peers.



NOTE:  No refunds will be provided within 7 days from the date of the event (after May 12, 2019)

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