2018 Conference


March 24, 2018

Building Brighter Futures Early Education Conference

Conference Keynote Speaker:

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Emily Ballance is nationally recognized and highly sought-after keynote speaker. Emily brings her refreshing wit and understanding of people to every presentation. Her unique ability to find humor in ordinary events and relate to all types of people without pretense is what sets her apart from other speakers.

A frequent recipient of standing ovations, Emily draws from her career experiences in healthcare, the corporate world, her private counseling practice and her life to offer a humorous perspective.

Whether she is speaking on the challenges of work, generational differences, stress management, customer service, or managing change, her presentations come alive with hilarious stories and affirming humor.  Attendees leave with better skills to reduce stress, increase productivity, and improve coworker and customer relationships.

About the Conference

This year is our 12th annual Building Brighter Futures Conference! This year our special focus is on humor in Early Childhood Education and its impact on stress, children, families, and staff. There will also be other breakout sessions on other topics related to Early Childhood Education.

This year we will be providing two breakout sessions to help increase professional knowledge in multiple areas. This will allow five hours of professional development, meaning that each participant will be able to receive .5 CEUs or 5 CHCs. This is a fun- filled, knowledge packed day that includes breakfast, lunch, a snack, door prizes and other treats! It is not something you will want to miss!

So come join our staff, other community educators and advocates during our Building Brighter Futures Conference. Don’t forget to take advantage of our Early Bird Special. And as always, thank you for your time and dedication to the children that you serve!


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  • Craven Smart Start, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that administers Smart Start funds and programs in Craven County. Smart Start is designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Donations are tax deductible. Financial information about this organization and copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.