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Each Child, Every Community: How Smart Leverages Comprehensive, Equitable Programs presented by Diane Umstead, Director, and Ebonyse Mead, Family Support Program Officer from NC Partnership for Children, Inc./Smart Start

When: Tuesday January 10,2017, 12pm-2:00pm, Lunch provided (11:15am –12:00pm)

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

Continuing Education2 hours

Fees: Workshop fee is $35

Workshop is offered free of charge to current UNC SSW students, staff, faculty, and to current UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office)

$15.00 for Family and Community Members, $5.00 for UNC Students

Additional $6 charge for psychologists who would like to receive Category A credit (please bring $6 day of event)

Registration: online pre-registration  (You may pre-register up until the day before the program)


The Smart Start network of 75 nonprofit local partnerships and the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) work in tangent with community programs and partners to provide comprehensive services that benefit each child in NC beginning with a healthy birth. Serving children birth to five, Smart Start works across the state with system-wide supports, to raise the quality of child care, strengthen families, advance child health and development, and improve early literacy. The network implements other state, federal, local, and private programs and services, such as NC Pre-K, child care subsidy, and Shape NC. In this seminar, NCPC Early Childhood Systems Director (Diane Umstead), alongside a parent, service provider and local partnership Executive Director will describe current services and supports within the Smart Start network and discuss how partners can create sustainable and equitable systems for families in North Carolina


umsteadDiane Umstead has been working on behalf of children and families for 38 years and has experience in three different state early childhood systems (MD, AZ and NC). She currently serves as the Early Childhood Systems Director for the North Carolina Partnership for Children and Smart Start. Diane is a systems thinker with firsthand, grassroots community-building experience as a teacher, child care center director, and a senior director in tribal, rural and urban school readiness partnerships at both a state and local level. Diane is also a fellow in the Equity Leaders Action Network, a national group of early childhood leaders dedicated to a racially equitable early childhood system that is high quality and that ensures all children have an opportunity to develop and reach their full potential, without experiencing discrimination or bias.

emEbonyse Mead joined NCPC in 2015, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in parenting education and family support. Ebonyse has over 15 years of experience working with families and young children birth to five in a variety of settings including child care, family service agencies, and public schools. Her primary experience has been in child development, parent education, and family life education. Ebonyse has worked with three evidence based home visiting programs including Healthy Families, Parents as Teachers, and Early Head Start, and has been trained in TouchPoints, Level 3 Triple P, and Nurturing Parenting Program. Ebonyse is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Early Childhood Education at Concordia University Chicago. She holds a Master of Science in Family Studies (2015) from Texas Woman’s University and a second Master’s degree (2007) from Concordia University Chicago in Human Service Counseling. She also completed a graduate certificate in Infant Toddler Mental Health from Arcadia University in 2012. Ebonyse is a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations and a Qualified Professional Parent Educator through the North Carolina Parenting Education Network. Until now, Ebonyse serves as Family Support Program Officer at where she provided training, technical assistance and support to local Smart Start organizations.



Handouts: All handouts for the event will be posted on this event’s page. [IF AVAILABLE]

Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to

  • Gain an understanding of the Smart Start network and its programs and role in the early childhood system
  • Highlight critical issues in racial disparities in North Carolina’s early childhood system
  • Provide a roadmap to the current initiatives of the network to address these disparities through systems building



Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $10/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and Refund Policies:  There will be no refunds issued, however you may transfer your place to a colleague or receive credit for future lecture. Please contact Barbara Leach at 919-966-0396 to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs hours

CEU: Two Contact Hours per event

2 Contact Hours from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

2 Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  

Each lecture is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each workshop is offered for 2 Hours of continuing education credit.

No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.

Attendance Policy:  To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign -in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists )

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at 919-966-0396 no later than ten business days before the program.

Additional questions? Contact Barbara Leach at or 919-966-0396


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