• What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?

    Image result for early impact virginiaEarly Impact Virginia 2017 Service Report

    Early Impact Virginia strengthens and supports high quality, efficient home visiting programs that improve the health, social and educational outcomes for new and expecting parents, young children, and their families.  Their new EIV 2018 Infographic represents the statewide 2017 service data as collected from collected by 44 organizations serving families in 120 Virginia communities.

     

    Image result for jlarc early childhoodJLARC Report: Improving Virginia’s Early Childhood Development Programs

    In 2016 the General Assembly directed JLARC to identify and review state-supported early childhood development programs to determine the best strategy for future early childhood investments.  Although many of Virginia’s young children do not need state-supported early childhood development programs, data indicate that about one-third start school lacking the social, self-regulation, literacy, or math skills needed for kindergarten.  Certain factors, such as poverty, low birth weight, and maternal substance abuse, place a child’s healthy development at risk and can strongly influence whether a child is ready for school.  The state’s information about readiness and children at risk of poor developmental outcomes is not sufficient for identifying children and families at risk and assisting them through the state’s early childhood development programs.  Access the full report, summary, program inventory, and recommendations here.

     

    Image result for 2017 childrens budget report2017 Children’s Budget Report

    The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation completed a study of the fiscal resources Virginia devotes to fostering child development and school readiness in the first five years of life, and then conducted a thorough qualitative analysis of that fiscal data in order to draw policy-relevant conclusions.  The final report identifies the most critical implications of this fiscal picture for Virginia’s continuing efforts to create an effective early childhood system.

     

     

    Image result for virginia early childhood workforce surveyVirginia Early Childhood Workforce Survey

    The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) is pleased to share the results of the Virginia Early Childhood Workforce Survey 2017. This report offers baseline data, compiled for the first time in over ten years, on the early childhood professionals who support the learning and development of Virginia’s young children. The survey emerged from and will inform the work of the Virginia School Readiness Committee, which was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 2016 to advance policy recommendations to support a thriving, highly-skilled early childhood workforce.  VECF shared the results of the survey in a webinar on February 5th.

     

    Virginia Governor’s Children’s Cabinet: 2017 Final Report Highlights and Recommendations

    The Children’s Cabinet was established in August 2014 to develop and implement a comprehensive policy agenda related to the wellbeing of youth from birth to age 21 throughout the Commonwealth. It evaluates and recommends strategies to optimize and align local, state, and federal public resources, along with public-private partnerships, to enhance current and prospective programs and services for Virginia’s most vulnerable children and families.  The 2017 Final Report addresses their work in four areas:  the Classrooms not Courtrooms Initiative, the Challenged Schools Initiative, Trauma Informed Care and Resiliency, and Fiscal Mapping of Children’s Services.

     

    Image result for blueprint virginia 2025Blueprint Virginia 2025: A Business Plan for the Commonwealth

    The Virginia Chamber of Commerce has included early childhood education in their recent document, Blueprint Virginia 2025.  An update to the original Blueprint Virginia that was adopted in 2013,  Blueprint Virginia is a comprehensive initiative that provides business leadership, direction, and long-range economic planning
    for Virginia.  The section “Building a Strong Foundation from the Beginning Through Early Childhood Education” includes the following recommendations:

    • Improve access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education for Virginia’s working families
    • Encourage employer policies and strategies that support access to high-quality early learning for families
    • Protect the early education workforce by ensuring access to affordable, competency-building credentials and exploring strategies that value and retain this talent pool

    • Expand public-private partnerships and mixed delivery of the Virginia Preschool Initiative
    • Establish an integrated early childhood data system to inform financing and policymaking decisions and promote
    accountability
    • Create an integrated public-private financing model that promotes innovative, flexible, and collaborative approaches to high-quality early childhood services for at-risk children
    • Explore performance-based financing policies that incentivize and sustain high-quality early childhood services
    as part of Virginia’s quality improvement framework

     

    Infant Mental Health Endorsement

    The Early Childhood Mental Health Virginia Initiative and the Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health announce that applications for the 2018 Virginia Infant Mental Health Endorsement will be accepted between January 3rd and April 15th, 2018. If you work directly with children birth to 36 months in ANY capacity (i.e., Daycare center, Family Home, Head Start, Early Intervention, Home Visiting, Early Childhood Special Education, Preschool, Mental Health Clinician, Nursing, University Faculty or Researcher, etc.) or supervise staff who do and are interested in supporting the healthy social and emotional development of those children, please consider applying for the Infant Mental Health Endorsement. To learn more about the Virginia Infant Mental Health Endorsement, please visit www.ecmhva.org and click on the Endorsement page.

     

    Image result for frank porter graham child development institute2018 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute

    Registration is now open for the National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute.  For 17 years, the Institute has drawn people from across the nation and around the world to Chapel Hill: to learn about the latest research findings, models, and resources to guide inclusive policy, professional development and practice; to develop collaborative relationships and cross-agency systems to support early childhood inclusion; and to have the opportunity to meet, learn from, and problem solve with peers. The Institute is at the Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, NC on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 – Thursday, May 10, 2018.

     

    Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Modules 1 & 2

    The Infant & Toddler Specialist Network is offering an interactive, two day training that promotes social emotional competence in infants and toddlers. Participants will: define social emotional development and describe how it is impacted by caregiving relationships; discuss why it is important to pay attention to the social emotional climate of infant and toddler settings, and what children’s behaviors and communication tell us; identify strategies to promote social emotional skills in infants and toddlers; reflect on how culture influences social; emotional development, and discuss ways to support families and promote social emotional skills in their young children. Registration is open.

    Fairfax: March 9 & 10
    Hopewell: March 10 & 24
    Roanoke: April 7 & 14

     

    1-2-3 READ! Enhancing Emergent Literacy for Infants and Toddlers

    1-2-3 READ! early literacy training is an interactive, practical two-day training designed for teachers, caregivers, and directors who work with infants and toddlers, birth to 36 months, in a group setting. Upon completion of both days of training in their entirety, each participant will receive a certificate for 12 hours of training, the opportunity to apply for follow-up on-site coaching and additional literacy materials, and the 1-2-3 READ! curriculum module booklets and children’s books.  Click HERE to register.

    March 17 & 24: Charlottesville
    May 3 & 10: Fredericksburg

     

    Image result for southern early childhood associationSouthern Early Childhood Association 2018 Conference

    John the Southern Early Childhood Association for their 2018 conference, Every Child Needs a Champion! The conference, their 69th annual, is scheduled for March 1-3, 2018 at the  Hyatt Regency Lexington & Lexington Center in Lexington, Kentucky.  Information is available on the SECA website.

     

    Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children (formerly VAECE)

    Registration is open for the annual Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children Conference to be held in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center on March 8-10, 2018. The conference includes over 120 workshops, keynote presenters, and an exhibit hall with a great variety of vendors. Download the brochure for full information.

     

    Free PD Opportunity for Professionals who Serve Military Families

    The Military Families Learning Network Family Development Early Intervention team is hosting another series of FREE webinars in 2018.  These webinars are designed for early childhood professionals who work with military families. You’ll receive a certificate for 1.5 professional development hours after the webinar by completing an evaluation and a post-test.  The first webinar is Getting to Know You: Early Communication Development from Birth to Three Years on Friday March 8, 2018 at 11:00 am.  Click here for instructions about how to join the webinar!

     

    The 56th Annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium

    Presented by Early Childhood Mental Health Virginia and Virginia Treatment Center for Children, the 56th Annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium is planned for Wednesday March 14, 2018 at Kings Mill Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia. The theme is “Changing The Lens “Broadening Our Perspective to Support Young Children and Their Families.”  Registration is now open.

     

    Celebrating Babies, Tots, and Developing Brains 2018

    The Infant Toddler Specialist Network is offering institutes for early care providers who serve infants and toddlers. These exciting professional development institutes will focus on infant and toddler brain development and the important role child care professionals play during these critical years. Hands-on workshop sessions will provide ideas to help encourage brain development through daily routines and play. Registration is now open at www.va-itsnetwork.org. Institutes will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Working lunch will be provided.

    March 10, 2018:  Staunton
    March 24, 2018:  Reston
    April 14, 2018:  Fredericksburg
    April 28, 2018:  Hampton

     

    Virginia Head Start Association’s 2018 Annual Conference

    The Virginia Head Start Association’s 2018 Annual Conference is planned for April 10-12 in Williamsburg.  This is their largest event each year and they are looking forward to another fantastic conference full of quality professional development and networking opportunities.  Please visit the conference page for conference details.

     

    2018 High Scope Conference: Bridging the Gap from Opportunity to Excellence

    The 2018 HighScope International Conference will be held May 15 – 18, 2018, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Metro Detroit.  The conference includes more than 120 workshops led by their team of expert trainers. Keynote speakers, Pedro Noguera and Geoffrey Canada, will dive into discussions surrounding this year’s theme — Bridging the Gap from Opportunity to Excellence — and the important role the educator plays in ensuring equality and equity for every child. Register HERE.

     

    HighScope Online Courses
    HighScope’s high-quality online curriculum courses are designed by teachers for teachers.  Each online learning experience provides an interactive community where every participant receives individualized attention from expert trainers, with the added bonus of learning from the experiences of peers.  Register now!

    Creating Meaningful Lesson Plans:  April 2 – April 30

    Planning and Recall:  April 2 – April 30

    Small-Group Time for Active Learners : April 2 – April 30

    Large-Group Time for Active Learners: March 5 – April 2 or April 30 – June 4

    Physical Development: April 30 – April 30

    Numbers Plus: March 5 – April 23 or April 30 – June 25

    Work Time: March 5 – April 2 or April 30 – June 4

    Lesson Planning for Infants and Toddlers: March 5 – April 2 or April 30 – June 4

     

    Image result for nti 201815th National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior

    The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) and the Pyramid Model Consortium are pleased to offer a unique and inspiring professional development experience. NTI’s format is designed to provide an in-depth learning experience built around the Pyramid Model. The Institute brings together experts from around the country who skillfully present three-hour workshops offering practical, ready-to-use information on social and emotional development. Learn more about the Institute.  The event is April 24–27, 2018 at the The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club.

     

    The Source for Learning, Inc.

    The Source for Learning’s Early Childhood Education Initiatives present free, monthly professional development webinars for early childhood professionals. These one-hour sessions feature trending topics and are led by early childhood experts. Certificates of participation are provided to attendees.  Click HERE for additional information and to register.

    March 14: Inside, Outside, Upside-Down: Connecting Movement to Teaching & Learning

    April 19: Movement & Children with Special Needs

    May 22: Creating Engaging Play & Outdoor Learning Environments

     

    DEC Learning Decks

    Learning Decks are professional development webinars for those who work with, or on behalf of, young children with special needs.  Offered by the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, each learning deck costs $25 for DEC members and $35 for nonmembers.  Check out the archived learning decks!

    Thursday, March 15: Grandparents Matter: Strategies for Involving Grandparents in ECSE Settings

     

    Early Childhood InvestigationsEarly Childhood Investigations

    Early Childhood Investigations offers free webinars to early childhood educators. The series is produced by Engagement Strategies, LLC., and presented by leading authors, experts, and leaders. All of the webinars are recorded and may be viewed live or via recording.  Click HERE to register. Upcoming topics include:

    3/07/2018:  Picturing the Project Approach: Seeing How It Works for Teachers and Children in Practice
    03/14/2018: Extending the Book Experience: Strategies That Promote Language and Literacy Development in Dual Language Learners
    03/21/2018: Play Therapy Techniques in Early Childhood Settings: Supporting Social-emotional Learning & Self-regulation
    03/28/2018: Abuse? Not Our Kids! Protecting Children from Abuse by Empowering Early Educators
    04/11/2018: Child Care Now & Beyond: Perspectives from Us and Canadian Advocates
     04/19/2018: From Play to Practice: Connecting Teachers Play with Children’s Learning
    5/02/2018: Heart-Centered Leadership: a People-Centered Approach for Inspired Nature-Rich Work Environments
      05/23/2018: Increase Enrollment Through Differentiation: Stand out from the Crowd by Offering Options for Children and Families
    05/30/2018: Ready or Not? Incorporating e-Learning into Your Program’s Professional Development Mix
    06/06/2018: Engaging Families of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Strategies to Enhance Your Practice
    06/13/2018:  5 Things You Can Do Today to Lessen Challenging Behaviors Tomorrow
    10/10/2018: Creating Nature-based Classrooms: Breaking the Aesthetic Code of Early Childhood Environments
  • Conferences

     

     

    Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children (formerly VAECE)

    Plan to attend the annual Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children Conference to be held in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center on March 8-10.  Register at http://www.vaece.org/2018-annual-conference.html

     

     

    Southern Early Childhood Association: Every Child Needs a Champion

    Join the Southern Early Childhood Association for their 69th Annual Conference to be held March 1-3, 2018  at the  Hyatt Regency – Lexington & Lexington Center in Lexington, Kentucky.  Click for additional information.

     

    2018 High Scope Conference: Bridging the Gap from Opportunity to Excellence

    The 2018 HighScope International Conference will be held May 15 – 18, 2018, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Metro Detroit.  The conference includes more than 120 workshops led by their team of expert trainers. Keynote speakers, Pedro Noguera and Geoffrey Canada, will dive into discussions surrounding this year’s theme — Bridging the Gap from Opportunity to Excellence — and the important role the educator plays in ensuring equality and equity for every child. Register HERE.

     

    Image result for nti 201815th National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior

    The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) and the Pyramid Model Consortium offer an in-depth learning experience built around the Pyramid Model. The Institute brings together experts from around the country who skillfully present three-hour workshops offering practical, ready-to-use information on social and emotional development.  The Institute is planned for April 24-27, 2018 at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, FL.  Registration will open in the fall.

     

    National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute

    Mark your calendar for the 2018 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute planned for May 8-10, 2018 in Chapel Hill.

     

     

     

     

    Image result for naeyc professional learning institute2018  NAEYC Professional Learning Institute
    Formerly known as the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, NAEYC’s Professional Learning Institute is designed for professionals who prepare, mentor and train early childhood professionals. Learn more about the upcoming event, June 10-13, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

    In 2019, the NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is planned for Long Beach, California on June 2-5, 2019.

     

    Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential 2018: Language, Literacy and the Home-School Connection

    Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential (ODUP) is Virginia’s Go-To event designed to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing (TODHH) and other educators working directly with students who are d/hh. The 12th annual ODUP i s scheduled for June 18-19, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Richmond-Midlothian.  It will emphasize the importance of strengthening the school-home/home-school connection starting with an exciting keynote address by Janet DesGeorges, Director of Hands & Voices.

     

    Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Conference 2018

    Make plans now to attend the Division for Early Childhood’s 34th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families October 23-26, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Orlando Florida. This year’s theme is Transforming Imagination into Innovation: Impacting outcomes for Young Children, Families, and Professionals.

    Future Division for Early Childhood Conferences

    Dallas, Texas —  October 1-4, 2019 at the Hilton Anatole

     

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    Future National Association for the Education of Young Children Conferences

    Washington, DC — November 14-17, 2018
    Nashville, TN — November 20-23, 2019
    Anaheim, CA — November 4-7, 2020
    Orlando, FL — November 17-20, 2021
    Washington, DC — November 16-19, 2022
    Nashville, TN — November 15-18, 2023
    Anaheim, CA — November 6-9, 2024

     

    Image result for vaaeycVirginia Association for the Education of  Young Children 2019 Conference

    Mark your calendar for the VAAEYC 2019 conference to be held at Hotel Roanoke on March 14-16, 2019.

  • VA Resources

    Ages and Stages Questionnaire

    Checklist to Choose a PD Provider (2)

    Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

    Commonwealth Council for Childhood Success

    Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals

    The Director’s Toolbox

    Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion Grant

    Environmental Rating Scales 

    Family Child Care Toolkit

    Guide to Choose a PD Provider (3)

    Kid’s Count Profile

    Milestones of Child Development: A Guide to Young Children’s Learning and Development from Birth to Kindergarten

    Personnel Standards for Professional Disciplines Serving Infants and Young Children (birth to five) and Their Families

    Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)

    Preparing Virginia’s Preschool Children for School Success: Aligning Expectations and Measuring Quality

    Preschool Expansion Grant Information (VPI+)

    US Department of Education Press Release

    Preschool Development Grants Fact Sheet

    Virginia Abstract

    Virginia Application

    Training Information for Provider Success (TIPS) Calendar

    Teaching Strategies GOLD

    Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds

    Virginia’s Preschool Curriculum Review and Rubric Planning Tool

    Virginia Preservice Training for Child Care Staff – Virginia’s Health and Safety Training

    Virginia Pyramid Model (CSEFEL)

    Virginia’s Quality Indicators for Responsive Teaching: Creating a High Quality Preschool Learning Environment

    What Makes an Effective Early Childhood Professional Development Provider

     

  • Welcome!

    Welcome from the The Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development Team (VCPD). The VCPD promotes planning, implementation and evaluation of professional development with the intent to ensure coordination of all early childhood PD in Virginia. VCPD team members are committed to working together to build a unified system to support all families and their children (prenatal to age 5) in Virginia.