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

Most of the training opportunities offered by Smart Start are cost-free to participants and co-sponsored by members of the early childhood education community.  Educators from different settings connect with one another to enhance learning and strengthen relationships between local early childhood professionals.

View the complete Smart Start Seasonal Training Schedule on the Training Calendar.

Click here to view descriptions of our current training opportunities.


Pre-registration for training events is required. Please email Nan Lee at to register. Please provide your full name, phone number, personal email address and the name of the childcare center or preschool where you work, and reference the name and date of the training in your message. Nan will confirm each registration and send a reminder email before each training session.

Smart Start is pleased to announce that, in addition to attending in-person workshops with SSIC, educators can complete online courses at Sesame Street in Communities for DCDEE credits!

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.