Smart Start of Transylvania County is dedicated to the continuing education of local early childhood professionals working in both licensed and unlicensed settings.

COVID-19 drastically altered the way we all work and live, and that extends to the way that child care professionals access training opportunities that support resilience in educators, children and families. We at Smart Start of Transylvania County are currently working on our 21-22 Resiliency Plan to support professional development and provide resources for local early educators.

SSTC strives to provide early educators with access to the best training tools to maintain licensing requirements and improve teaching skills. We recognize that online instruction will provide centers and educators with training options that meet their individual needs at any education or career level.
We have shifted the way we offer and support professional development opportunities to Transylvania County early childhood educators to make access to top notch resources (including coursework required for licensing purposes) simpler, more flexible, and more affordable.

Find Local Training Opportunities:

Buncombe Partnership for Children - Training Calendar

Southwestern Child Development Commission - Training Calendar

Children & Family Resource Center - Training Calendar

By creating an account at, educators can complete online courses at Sesame Street in Communities for DCDEE credits.

All courses are free!

Under the Professional Development tab are Courses and Interactive Trainings.  Each of these courses can be completed for 3 Contact Hour Credits.  Just print the certificate of completion when you finish the course, and add it to your portfolio of other DCDEE credits earned.  Not all course options are available at the same time. Visit Sesame Street In Communities to learn which courses are currently available.