Institute Logistics and Lodging

Things to Know About the 2018 Inclusion Institute

General Information  (for hotel information, see below)

NOTE: We cannot accept credit or debit cards at the Institute for any purpose.  Please be prepared to present a check or cash for registration if not already paid.

CEUs and Certificates of Attendance

Conference participants can earn up to 13.4 hours for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by attending all plenaries, reflection sessions, and a session in each round of concurrent presentations.  If a pre-conference workshop is attended, three more hours can be logged.  A CEU is awarded for every 10 hours of training so full attendance will be 1.64 CEUs.  

Certificates of attendance can be picked up at the end of the Institute at the registration desk.

At the Friday Center

Continental breakfast will be served in the Friday Center Atrium on Wednesday, May 9th, starting at 8 AM (with sessions starting at 9 AM) & Thursday, May 10th, starting at 7:30 AM (with sessions starting at 8:30 AM). 

For those attending a pre-institute workshop on the morning of Tuesday, May 8th the continental breakfast will be open from 8–9 AM (workshops begin at 9 AM). This service is for workshop attendees only (requiring separate registration and fee).

Buffet lunch is served on Wednesday from 12:30-1:30 PM.  Please pick up a lunch ticket at the registration table on Wednesday morning.

The temperature in the conference center varies from room to room and the temperature in a given space may not suit all people.  Dressing to be flexible with a varying temperature will help ensure your comfort.

There are computers for public use in an alcove next to the gift shop. There is wireless internet throughout the Friday Center.

Session Evaluations

A link to an online evaluation form will be distributed at the end of each concurrent session. After the Institute, an evaluation of the overall institute will be emailed to all registered participants. There will also be a link to the evaluation on the Web site. This information will be used to develop next year’s agenda.  On the registration form this year you can opt into receiving evaluation links via text message.

Handouts and copies of the PowerPoints can be found on the Web site after the Institute: http://inclusioninstitute.fpg.unc.edu

Evenings

Downtown Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina are approximately 3 miles from the Friday Center and most hotels.  Most hotels run a van service in the evenings to downtown Chapel Hill.  Ask your hotel staff for schedule and reservation details.  Be sure to know when the last shuttle runs so that you are not left behind.

There are good restaurants at Meadowmont (across the main highway near the Friday Center), Glen Lennox (1 mile NE toward Chapel Hill) and in downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Restaurant guides, bus schedules, and maps may be picked up at the Institute registration desk while supplies last.  The front desk of the Friday Center also has maps and brochures of interest.

Travel Information

Each participant is responsible for making his/her own travel arrangements (hotel and airline or driving) to Chapel Hill.  Driving directions to the Friday Center can be found at: http://www.fridaycenter.unc.edu/directions/index.htm
 
To learn more about Chapel Hill visit  http://www.carolinachamber.org/

Ground Transportation from RDU Airport

The Friday Center (the Institute site) and most hotels are approximately 18 miles from the Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU).  Taxis are available at the airport.  One way fare to the Friday Center runs approximately $40 (plus tip).  On your return to the airport, you may call any company you wish—ask for assistance at your hotel or at the front desk of the Friday Center.  Hotel shuttles do not go to the airport.

To help with your travel planning, a preliminary Institute schedule will be available. Please understand that the Institute schedule is subject to change without notice.

Hotel Information

NOTE: This list consists of those hotels that have blocked rooms at a special rate for Institute attendees. It is not all-inclusive of your lodging options in the area.  Pay attention to the cut-off date for group rates; most are about a month earlier than the Institute. 

Every effort has been made to verify the hotel information that follows.  However, there could be changes over time, or errors in the data.  Verify all information with the hotel of your choice before you make a commitment you cannot change.

Courtyard by Marriott Chapel Hill (Across the street from the Friday Center).  
100 Marriott Way
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
(919) 883-0700

  • The cut off date to make reservations at the conference rate is April 7, 2018.
  • Room Rate: $149.00 - $159.00 plus taxes
  • The on-site Bistro serves breakfast (not included in room rate) and dinner.  There are other restaurants within walking distance.
  • To get this special rate by phone, refer to the “Inclusion Institute 2018” block.
  • To reserve a room online with the special rate, click here.
  • Check-in begins at 3:00 PM and check-out is before 12:00 PM.
  • Complimentary parking and WiFi

Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill/Durham, Area (2.2 miles from the Friday Center)
6121 Farrington Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 403-8700

  • The cut off date to make reservations at the conference rate is April 20, 2018.
  • Room Rate: $104.00 plus taxes
  • The room rate includes full deluxe hot breakfast and high speed wireless internet access.
  • If calling for reservations, refer to the “May 2018 Inclusion Institute.”  
  • To reserve a room online with the special rate, click here.
  • Check in: 3:00 PM – Check out: 12:00 PM
  • Complimentary parking

Holiday Inn Express (2.2 miles from the Friday Center)
6119 Farrington Rd.
Chapel Hill NC 27517
(919) 489-7555

  • The cut off date to make reservations at the conference rate is April 20, 2018.
  • Room Rate: $99.00 plus taxes.
  • If calling for reservations, please refer to the “May 2018 Inclusion Institute.” 
  • To reserve a room online with the special rate, click here.  
  • Check in: 3:00 PM – Check out: 12:00 PM
  • Complimentary Local Area Shuttle (5 mi radius from the hotel, 8:00 AM-7:00 PM)
  • Complimentary parking and high-speed internet

Sheraton Chapel Hill (3.9 miles from Friday Center).
1 Europa Drive
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
(919) 969-2174 or (800) 325-3535. 

  • The cut off date to make reservations at the conference rate is April 8, 2018.
  • Room Rate: $119.00 plus taxes-single and double rate; $139.00 plus taxes-triple rate; $159.00 plus taxes-Quad rate.
  • Onsite dining at Carolina 1663 Restaurant and Lounge
  • If calling for reservations, please refer to the “National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute May 2018” room block. 
  • To reserve a room online, click here.  
  • Check in: 3:00 PM  Check out: 11:00 AM.
  • Local shuttle service
  • Complimentary parking and WiFi

Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill-Carrboro/Downtown (4.1 miles from the Friday Center)
370 East Main St., Unit 100
Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 969-6988

  • The cut off date to make reservations at the conference rate is April 9, 2018.
  • Room Rate: $124.00 plus taxes. 
  • The room rate includes full deluxe hot breakfast and high speed wireless internet access.
  • If calling for reservations, please refer to the “May 2018 Inclusion Institute.
  • To reserve a room online, click here
  • Check in: 3:00 PM – Check out: 12:00 PM
  • Daily parking fee of $10. 

 Aloft (1.0 mile from Friday Center)
1001 S.Hamilton Ro​ad
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
1-866-716-8143

  • The cut off date to make reservations at the conference rate is April 7, 2018.
  • Room Rate: $119.00 plus taxes.
  • To reserve a room online click here.
  • If calling for reservations, please refer to the “UNC Inclusion Institute.” 
  • Check in: 3:00 PM – Check out: 12:00 PM
  • Daily parking fee of $10
  • Complimentary WiFi and local shuttle service

Chapel Hill University Inn (3.6 miles from Friday Center). 
1301 N. Fordham Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 929-2171 or (888) 452-5765

  • The cut off date to make reservations at the conference rate is April 25, 2018.
  • Room Rate: Standard King or Double Rooms is $ 69.95 plus taxes
  • Room Rate: Deluxe King or Double Rooms is $ 79.95 plus taxes
  • Complimentary cold continental breakfast is included with the Deluxe Room rate.
  • If calling for reservations (888-452-5765), ask for the “Inclusion Institute” rate.
  • To book a room online, click here.
  • Complimentary shuttle service (by request)
  • Complimentary Parking

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