Young children depend on adults to lend meaning to their everyday experiences. The way we respond to their joys, upsets, challenges and daily interactions lays a blueprint for their beliefs about themselves and their world.

Discover how to bring your best, most conscious self into every interaction in a way that helps young children make meaning of their upset and develop healthy mental models. Join Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Angela Fraley to learn how to help children establish a mindset and skillset that empowers them to cooperate, handle upset, build healthy relationships, problem solve and develop an “I can handle this” attitude.

This event qualifies for 12 contact hours from the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.


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  • Location:
    • Charlotte, NC
  • Facilitators:
    • Angela Fraley

More Information About This Event

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    Event Schedule

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    The Brain Smart Beginnings for Ages 0-5 Workshop will be hosted at:

    Le Meridien Charlotte
    555 S McDowell St Tower
    Charlotte, NC 28204
    (704) 372-9610

    Hotel Rates for Attendees

    Special rate is available until March 30, 2023 – limited rooms are available so don’t delay booking!

    Use this link to reserve your room:



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    Event Confirmation

    Seating is limited. Please make sure the contact information you provide when you register is the best way for us to reach you prior to the event. If you have not received a confirmation prior to the event, it is your responsibility to contact Conscious Discipline. Do not purchase non-refundable airfare until you receive an email confirmation from Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline assumes no responsibility for travel arrangements made prior to written confirmation of acceptance as an attendee.

    To maximize learning and ensure all participants are fully immersed in the experience, we do not permit children to attend this event.

    By registering for a Conscious Discipline event, you are agreeing to the terms, conditions and releases detailed below.


    Cancellations must be received in writing via email to [email protected]. Refunds will be processed as follows: Up to 30 days before the start of the event: Full refund of tuition paid. 14-29 days before the start of the event: Refund of tuition paid less a $100 processing fee. Within 14 days of the start of the event: No refund. No-shows: No refund. Conscious Discipline reserves the right to substitute speakers. In the unlikely event an Institute is cancelled, registrants will be refunded paid institute tuition only.

    Registration Substitutions

    Attendees and Team Administrators may assign another person for their seat up to 30 days before the start of the event at no additional charge. Within 30 days of the event, a $50.00 per substitution administration fee will be invoiced after the event. Please contact [email protected] and have your order number, the original attendee names, and the names and email addresses of the substitutions ready to share.

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    By registering and attending any Conscious Discipline event, I AGREE and indicate that I understand the terms and conditions stated here.

    I agree that no personal filming, video or live capture of any kind is allowed at this event.

    I hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless Loving Guidance, LLC, its employees, independent contractors, administrators, agents, assignees and anyone who it may be claimed liable from injury or damage. This is a binding and voluntary release for all injury, accident or death for both person and property. I assume all risk for travel, attendance, and participation in the event.

    I acknowledge that Conscious Discipline reserves the right to substitute speaker(s) at any event.

    I give permission to be videotaped, audiotaped and photographed. I understand that Conscious Discipline (DBA Loving Guidance, LLC) of Oviedo, Florida will own the video/audiotapes and photographs (“Media”), and any works which may utilize the media, including the irrevocable right to edit, broadcast, print, reproduce and offer the for sale to the public. This also includes the right to copyright and license others to use the Media.

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    I hereby warrant I am of full legal age, have full legal authority and am otherwise competent to sign this Release, and by registering and attending, I further warrant that I have read and understand all these terms.

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    The Conscious Discipline event scholarship covers tuition fees and course materials for this workshop. Travel, accommodations, meals and any special discount packages are not covered. If you have registered for this event and you are selected to receive a scholarship, your registration fees will be refunded.

    If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you are required to stay at the host hotel and understand that you may be requested to write a very brief article of your experience that will likely be published in our online newsletter, announced in an email and/or posted on our website.

    Prior scholarship recipients are not eligible and the scholarship is not transferable.

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    Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

    Institutes, Workshops and selected e-Courses offered by Conscious Discipline, LLC, are approved for CEUs through Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW). Attendees who wish to obtain CEUs must apply through CUW at www.cuw.edu/apply.

Here's What You'll Learn:

Big Idea

The early years set patterns, beliefs and skills that last a lifetime. Give children the best possible start with evidence-based practices for healthy co-regulation, connection and teaching social skills.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for teachers, counselors, behavioral specialists and administrators working with children ages 0-5.

Your Facilitator

Master Instructor Angela Fraley will equip you with practices to co-regulate, connect and model healthy skillsets.

Workshop Materials

All attendees will receive access to training materials to print in advance of the event or download digitally to follow along on a tablet or e-reader.

Help children create healthy blueprints for self-concept, relationships, handling upset and more.

The early years are critical for brain development and the creation of mental models. Learn evidence-based strategies for co-regulating, connecting and teaching social skills that create a secure foundation for children to build successful lives upon. Register for Brain Smart Beginnings today and experience:

  • The power of “meaning-making”: Discover how the brain makes sense of events, relationships and the self– and how adults play a crucial role in this process for children.
  • Educators as meaning-makers: Learn how to become a healthy, positive meaning-maker for young children’s experiences.
  • Co-regulation as the missing element: A foundation of safety and trust wires young brains for cooperation, attention, impulse control and learning. Without the safety of co-regulation, healthy meaning-making, brain development and growth are impaired.
  • Meeting children where they are: How to recognize and build early skillsets, including in 4 and 5-year-olds with missing or impaired skills from the early years of the pandemic.
  • The importance of connection: Optimize your time together with healthy connections that allow both you and the children to feel less stressed, more present and better able to handle the day’s challenges.
  • Teaching in the moment: Learn how to bring your calm, regulated self into moments of distress and conflict so you can utilize children’s everyday upsets to model self-regulation and teach healthy skills.
  • Learning in community: Enjoy activities that help you internalize strategies and practices from the event so you can create lasting change once you return to your school or center.
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