Welcome. Please let us know your thoughts on the 2020 NC Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, Home Visiting & Parent Education Conference by taking this full conference survey!  By taking the full conference survey you inform future conferences AND can download a certification of attendance for 10.5 Contact Hours. 

Please let us know your thoughts on our Opening Keynote and our Parent Panel. 

You can also access presentation materials and session surveys for EACH session within its session description. Just click on the session you're interested in finding material for and scroll down to access the presentation, hand-outs, and surveys. We appreciate your feedback! 

Note: Further information regarding General follow-up information, surveys, and No Small Matters will be sent out to all attendees. If you do not recieve an e-mail from us to your inbox or your Spam folder, please contact conference@smartstart.org. We want to keep you informed! 





This virtual conference will include two days focused on home visiting, parenting education, and infant and early childhood mental health.

It is the second annual combined conference presented by the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) and the North Carolina Infant/Young Child Mental Health Association (NCIMHA), and NCIMHA’s 9th annual conference. The conference is hosted by NCPC, NCIMHA, the UNC School of Social Work, and the North Carolina Division of Public Health.

Conference Dates & Structure: 

The Conference will be held Monday, November 16, and Tuesday, November 17 virtually via Zoom. The 2020 Conference will include a keynote and two days of conference sessions.

Workshop focus areas include: 

  • Trauma and Resilience Informed Care

  • Practitioner Well-being

  • Policy, Advocacy, and Efforts to Shift Public Perspective About Early Childhood, Home Visiting, Parenting Education, and Mental Health

  • Promoting Coordination, Collaboration and Best Practice Across Early Childhood Systems and Services

  • Telehealth and Virtual Connections with Families and Children during the Pandemic

Workshops will also include an understanding of systems of power, systemic and institutional racism, and root causes, and how these structures affect each topic. Additionally, workshop speakers will be mindful of the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and how the early childhood field has been changed. 

Conference Attendees: 

This event welcomes all who want to learn more about the opportunities and vulnerabilities of the first 2,000 days of life. Potential attendees include early childhood professionals working across a wide range of roles and settings to promote children's social and emotional well-being. This includes but is not limited to the following: child protective services staff, child care providers, early interventionists, health department staff, home visitors, parenting educators, social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, psychologists, school administrators, special educators, teachers and all interested volunteers, and parents.

Conference Rate:

The cost of attending the conference is $50.00. 

Keynote Speaker for 2020 NC Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, Home Visiting & Parenting Education Conference

Beatriz Vides

Founder and Faculty Member
Center for Trauma Resilient Communities

Registration is Limited!

Learn & Be Inspired

The goal is to strengthen the early childhood systems of care and elevate the importance of early childhood mental health, home visiting and parenting education.

All Virtual Format

The Conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, November 16 &17 and completely virtually via Zoom


Share & Connect

This event welcomes all who want to learn more about the opportunities and vulnerabilities of the first 2000 days of life.