The Church Weekday Education Conference is designed to encourage, affirm and refocus weekday directors and staff on the unique opportunities they have to disciple others while providing quality childcare.

“Little Ones to Him Belong” is the theme for the 2020 Church Weekday Education Conference. This two-day event provides training for directors on Friday and all staff on Saturday. Conference hours are approved by the N.C. Division of Child Development.

Prices include Friday lunch for directors/assistant directors and Saturday lunch for all staff.

NCBCWEA Member Pricing:
Early Registration (Until May 29) – Director $110 /Staff Member $75
Registration (May 30 – July 10) – Director $120 /Staff Member $85
Late Registration (July 11 – on-site) – Director $135 /Staff Member $100

Non-NCBCWEA Member Pricing:
Early Registration (Until May 29) – Director $135 /Staff Member $100
Registration (May 30 – July 10) – Director $140 /Staff Member $105
Late Registration (July 11 – on-site) – Director $170 /Staff Member $135
*Not a North Carolina Baptist Church Weekday Education Association member? Join today! The membership form is available here.

Payment must be received by the last day of a registration period in order to receive the corresponding registration price. We are unable to provide workshop refunds, but substitutions are permitted. We are unable to accommodate special lunch requests for those with food allergies. Menus have been selected to try to meet the needs of all attending the conference.

Please be prepared to select your top three choices for each breakout session. We will make all attempts to give you your top choices, but substitutions may be made. If you are registering everyone in your group, please provide individual choices for each person attending from your group. A black-and-white handout has been made available at (event page) for directors to print and distribute to your teaching staff. It includes the breakout schedule and descriptions, as well as a place for staff to list their top choices and return it to you.

If you are unable to register online, please contact Church Weekday Education (CWE) at (800) 395-5102 ext. 5646 and register by phone.

Retreat pricing does not include accommodations, but spacious suites with one or two beds and a sofa bed have been reserved at the Embassy Suites located at 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., in Cary, for $139 per night. Reservations can be made online or by calling the hotel at 919-677-1840 or 800-362-2779. Ask for the Church Weekday Education event or provide the guest room block code of CWP. Complimentary made-to-order breakfast is available to overnight hotel guests. These rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis until Friday, July 3, 2020.

The hotel and the main parking area are located behind the Bass Pro Shops store. Free parking is available at the hotel. Simply park in the main parking lot, and follow the signs to our meeting area.

Coronavirus Update

This year’s Church Weekday Education Conference, originally scheduled for July 31 to Aug. 1 in Cary, has been canceled. Please check this page for future updates.

“In the same way, it is not my heavenly father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.”

Matthew 18:14

Featured Speaker

Luke Brakefield

Keynote Speaker
Luke Brakefield serves as pastor of discipleship and administration at Hudson First Baptist Church. Through his leadership alongside other church leaders, Hudson First has taken strategic steps to prioritize family discipleship. As a result, the church is experiencing tremendous growth. Previously Luke taught in the public school system for seven years, while also serving in a bivocational ministry role as associate pastor of Union Baptist Church in Lenoir, N.C. Luke holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Appalachian State University and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Katie, and they have three children: Hattie, Henry and Hugh.

Breakout Sessions

Avoiding Nature-Deficit Disorder: Engaging Children’s Wonder About God’s Natural World
Nicole McCaskill
This session examines how preschool programs can intentionally and strategically invite, engage, and support children’s exploration of God’s beautifully created natural world. Unplug, disconnect and reconnect with the wonders around you. (Teaching Staff)

DAP for Pre-K Learners
Lisa Lee
As teachers, it’s important to engage children in activities that meet them at their level and support their social and emotional development. Explore developmentally appropriate practices for the pre-K classroom. (Teaching Staff)

Preventing Professional Burnout
Andrea McGillivray
Are you dragging your feet to get to work? Are you losing motivation to say it with a smile? Step back, take a deep breath and find the balance in it all. (Directors & Staff)

Safety and Security in My Ministry Context, Overview
Cheryl Markland
This breakout will be a compilation of the previous two breakouts with focus on the prevalence of abuse, policy development and recognition of grooming behaviors. (Directors & Teaching Staff)

What Is DAP for 2-Year-Olds in an Era of Increasing Academic Pressure?
Kay Godwin
Explore ideas using intentional play to help 2-year-olds develop spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically and socially in age-appropriate ways. (Teaching Staff)

Babies, ITERS and Parents
Andrea McGillvray
Visit the requirements and expectations of ITERS (Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale), along with how to build relationships with children in your care and their parents. (Directors & Teaching Staff)

Conflict Isn’t All Bad
Bud Wrenn
Learn about the five dysfunctions of a team and how to overcome them. Discover strategies that will result in success and make room for healthy conflict on your team. (Directors)

Reading Beyond the Words
Suzanna Billips
Understand how to help the youngest learners be actively engaged in reading while listening to stories. Tap into the key language and reading skills that help learners start reading, and see demonstrations on how to effectively incorporate comprehension skills using picture books. (Teaching Staff)

Sensory Processing and Preschoolers
Kim Jones
Have fun discovering sensory processing. While finding ways to better determine how preschoolers process information with their senses, you may even learn a thing or two about yourself! (Teaching Staff)

Building the Brain and Body for Success
Suzanne Billips
Discover the significant impact physical skills and activity have on building the brain. Hear strategies for creating a learning environment where movement is welcome, and receive practical takeaways for utilizing simple steps to engage children’s minds and bodies. (Directors & Teaching Staff)

Make Learning Days Fun Days
Paula Nelson
Having fun with your students in the classroom comes from the desire to enjoy your job, build relationships with your students, and to make your classroom a special, unique experience. Find ways to create a fun learning environment —not only for your students, but also for yourself. (Directors & Staff)

Safety and Security in My Ministry Context, Part 1
Cheryl Markland
Understanding why we should be concerned about safety and security in our weekday ministry setting is crucial to providing a safe place for children and staff. Policy development, screening potential employees and volunteers, preschool specific concerns, responding to allegations and more will be covered in this breakout. (Directors & Teaching Staff)

Teaching on a Budget
Andrea McGillivray
Dream big with Dollar Tree hacks. Learn how to find free stuff and enhance the classroom with minimal costs. (Teaching Staff)

DAP and 3-Year-Olds
Tonia Padrick
Children learn best when they have positive and caring relationships; receive planned, intentional guidance and assistance; and when they can safely encounter and explore their environment. Explore practical ideas and experiences with developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) for our fabulous 3-year-olds, while focusing on daily schedules and lesson planning. (Teaching Staff)

Making Your Meeting Time Productive Time
Bud Wrenn
Staff meetings can be boring and seem like a waste of time. Discover strategies that will make your staff meetings more enjoyable, productive and satisfying for everyone. (Directors)

Safety and Security in My Ministry Context, Part 2
Cheryl Markland
Sexual grooming is a process in which a perpetrator gradually gains a person’s or organization’s trust with the intent to be sexually abusive. This session will address recognizing predatory grooming behaviors, peer-to-peer abuse, dealing with allegations of abuse, and developing policies and procedures to prevent abuse. (Directors & Teaching Staff)

The Process of Learning: Process vs. Product for 2, 3 or 4-Year-Olds
Andrea DePhillips
A hands-on workshop that leads participants through creative activities meant to evaluate how we use art in the classroom. This workshop challenges teachers to create classroom cultures where each student has a role in their own learning in order to encourage deep, meaningful and joyful educational experiences. (Teaching Staff)


8:30 – 9:15 a.m.


9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Keynote (Luke Brakefield)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Discipling Your Staff (Brian Upshaw)

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 – 4:14 p.m.

Hot Topics (Mary Sweat)

Dinner on your own


7:30 – 8 a.m.


7:45 – 8 a.m.

Door Prizes

8 – 9:15 a.m.

Keynote (Luke Brakefield)

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 – 11 a.m.

Breakout 1

11 a.m. – Noon


Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Breakout 2

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.


1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Breakout 3

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 – 5 p.m.

Breakout 4

Contact us for more information.

Email [email protected] or call (800) 395-5102, ext. 5646

Contact us for more information.

Email [email protected] or call (800) 395-5102, ext. 5646

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