Karen Darby

Early Learning Multi Media Manager

Phone #: (828)354-0119


Karen Darby is the Early Learning MultiMedia Manager at Southwestern Child Development Commission, Inc.  Creating and delivering continuing education learning events are a part of her duties.  Karen assists participants with registration, supports instructors with course creations and reviews courses for accuracy and alignment policy.  Karen is an elected member of the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs Board of Advisors. Karen also currently serves on the Bylaws Policies and Procedures Committee for IACET (the International Association for Continuing Education and Training), the PBS Teachers Advisory Group, and CLASS Advisory Panel. She is a past member of the Distance Education Taskforce and  Badging Committee for IACET, to help create a distance learning resource guide to help clarify each of the IACET standards as well determine how each Continuing Education/Training standard applies in the world of distance learning.  Karen has also served on the Program Committee of EdMedia 2017 - World Conference on Educational Media & Technology for AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education) as a reviewer of conference papers. 

Karen holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education from West Virginia University, a Masters Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a MicroMasters degree in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Maryland. 

She holds a Level 12 Early Educator Certificate in both the Early Care and School Age Fields with endorsements in Professional Development, Technical Assistance, and Administration.

Before becoming the Early Learning MultiMedia Manager at SWCDC, Karen was the School Age Education Specialist. Karen has also served as the Board President for the North Carolina Afterschool Coalition and worked as the Regional School Age Specialist for Region 7 providing technical assistance and training to afterschool professionals.

Karen has been employed with Southwestern Child Development Commission, Inc. since August of 2011. Karen’s work experience also includes: More at Four Teacher with Gaston County Schools, Technical Assistant with the Partnership for Children of Lincoln/Gaston Counties, Adjunct Instructor at Gaston College in Gaston County, Director at Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church Child Care Center, and lead teacher at Ashford Academy.

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  • Content Area Experts
  • Live Instructor Support

  • Critical Topics

  • Interactive & Engaging Content

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  • Works on all devices including iOS, Android

  • Certificate available upon completion

  • Continuing Education Credits available (CEUs and CHC awarded)

  • IACET Accredited Provider

  • All trainings are approved by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education

  • Trainings are approved in multiple states (check our state listing!)

  • Courses offered in:

o   Fire Safety

o   BSAC-Basic School Age Care

o   Infant/Toddler

o   Preschool

o   School Age

o   Behavior/Classroom Management/Child Guidance

o   Administration/Leadership

o   Child Development

o   Health & Safety

o   Professionalism

o   NC Foundations

o   Working with Families

o   Diverse Populations

o   Individual/Special Needs

o   Curriculum Areas

o   Lesson Planning

We welcome requests for training topics if you or your staff have a need for a specific topic please contact our Early Learning MultiMedia Manager, Karen Darby for content development @ darby.karen@swcdcinc.org

To Register for one of our Courses Please click here 

Office Locations

Office Hours Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Main Phone #: (828)586-5561

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