Sunbeatables Training Opportunity

Many pre-school children in North Carolina spend a considerable amount of time outside playing and being active during peak sun hours.    We know being active outdoors is great, but we need to make sure these children are sun safe. 

One of the most serious effects of not being sun safe is skin cancer.  Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. The number of new cases of melanoma, the most fatal type of skin cancer, continues to increase each year, with over 76,000 new cases expected in 2016. Meanwhile, being sunburned at least once during childhood doubles the risk of melanoma.   Knowing this, it is important to start protecting children’s skin at an early age and educating preschool children, families, and child care providers the importance of sun protection.

Be Active Kids® has partnered with CATCH Global Foundation to help bring the Sunbeatables Sun Safety Curriculum to all North Carolina preschools.  



The Sunbeatables™ Program is an evidence-based program that aims to educate teachers, parents, and children about sun protection. The preschool curriculum consists of five units. Each unit includes four activities. Activities include a puppet show, sun safety songs, science experiments, and more! Children meet superhero characters, Ray and the Sunbeatables, who have sun safe superpowers to protect against the harmful effects of UV rays. As a result of the curriculum, children will:

  • Express why sun protection is important
  • Demonstrate how to protect their skin from the sun



This is a joint training opportunity for both Be Active Kids trainers and child care providers:  


Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Location: Paragon Bank, 3535 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612


  1. Train-the-Trainer from 9:00am - 5:00pm for anyone working with early childhood providers and teachers including but not limited to: CCR&Rs, CCHCs, Smart Start staff, QE Specialists, Shape NC Hub Specialist, and College Instructors.
  2. Provider Training* from 9:00am - 12:00pm for anyone interested in using the Sunbeatables sun safety curriculum in their classroom.  

* Providers will participate together with BAK trainers from 9-12 and can leave after that or stay for lunch.


  1. Each trainer will be expected to train 5 centers over the course of the following calendar year and
  2. Each provider will be expected to enroll a minimum of 10 preschool aged children ages 2-5.

Resources: Participants with receive the Sunbeatables Curriculum and associated training materials.

Note:  Lunch, snacks, and training materials will be included in cost.  Child Care Providers costs have been covered through a grant - use Partner Code SUN2016.



  • 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