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Join PBS North Carolina at our Impact Early Childhood Education Summit

The Impact Early Childhood Education Summit is a gathering of Early Childhood Education Professionals, parents, and caregivers aimed at celebrating and supporting those who are helping children, birth through third grade, to grow strong roots for a healthy foundation. What happens in the early years of a child’s life shapes the rest of their lives in important ways, but too often, those who are doing the work in those early years are overlooked in professional development and parenting support events.

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM



UNC Charlotte Student Union

8845 Carver Road
Charlotte, NC 28262

There is no cost to attend! Teachers may use this Impact Summit for Continuing Education Units. 

About the Summit

PBS North Carolina NC DHHS Division of Childhood Development and Early Education and the NC Department of Public Instruction have come together to deliver a FREE full day conference for educators.

Discover new strategies for helping our youngest learners (birth to grade 3) grow strong roots in literacy and beyond at this daylong event for educators, parents and caregivers. Attend presentations and breakout sessions, network with colleagues and earn contact hour credits on topics ranging from art integration, educational media and STEM curriculum to equity in education and parenting. 

The overarching theme of the summit is literacy. Content will be available in a hybrid format, with a maximum in-person attendance of 600 people. A select number of sessions will also offered as online content soon after the conference. Sessions will be 45 minutes in length.

Session tracks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Infant-Toddler
  • Preschool
  • Pre-Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten & First Grade
  • Second Grade & Third Grade
  • Partnering with Families
  • Administration and Leadership


Full Summit Agenda coming soon. Register today to reserve your spot and you will receive an email when the full agenda is released. 

Keynote Speaker: Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons is an award-winning children’s book author, teaching artist and founding member of the Brown Bookshelf, which raises awareness of Black voices writing for young readers. Her mission is to center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship and heritage. She has written more than 20 books for young readers. Among her acclaimed titles are Caldecott Honor winner Going Down Home with Daddy and Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award recipient Ty’s Travels: Zip, Zoom. She lives in Raleigh and was named to Good Morning America’s 2021 Inspiration List: Who’s Making Black History.

Featured Panel Discussion: Fred Rogers Productions

Fred Rogers Productions’ Supervising Producers Kristin DiQuollo (Donkey Hodie), Chris Loggins (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood), Olubunmi Mia Olufemi (Alma’s Way), and Roberta L. Schomburg, Ph.D, a child development advisor for all three series, discuss the ways in which the social-emotional focused series build upon one another to form a well-rounded curriculum to foster development and growth for children through the years.


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This free event is made possible by the generosity of our partners:

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Development and Early Education
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

The 2022 Impact Early Childhood Education Summit is made possible by Grant Number 90TP0056-03-00 from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.