• What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?

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    Attachment and Nurturing Relationships Webinar

    This free webinar sponsored by Project SEED Virginia is targeting providers of infants and toddlers, looking specifically at the important role relationships and attachment play with this age group and how to foster relationship growth. In this webinar you will learn the following:  understanding the role of attachment in early childhood; building nurturing & responsive relationships with infants & toddlers; and overcoming barriers to relationships.  The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 4:00-5:00 pm.  To connect, please copy and paste this link into your browser: connect.drake.edu/ehsccp.   For those who are unable to participate on the 28th, it will be recorded for later viewing. Certificates of participation will be provided.


    Pyramid VA logoCenter for the Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL) Training

    CSEFEL training, promoting the social emotional competence of young children, 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. Participants must attend both days of training.  Register at  http://www.va-itsnetwork.org/

    • Richmond:  January 23 and 30
    • Fredericksburg:  January 30 and Feb 6
    • Sterling:  February 5 and 6
    • Norfolk:  February 20 and 27
    • Tappahannock:  February 20 and 27



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

    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 age three, in a group setting. Participants must attend both days of training.  For additional information and to register, go to http://www.va-itsnetwork.org/

    • Newport News:  January 23 and 30
    • Bristol:  February 20 and 27
    • Arlington:  March 12 and 19


    inclusion_institute_2013_logo National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute

    May 10-12, 2016 are the dates for the 2016 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute in Chapel Hill, NC.  The program includes emerging information on federal early childhood policies and initiatives; challenging behavior; bias, expulsion, and suspension; friendships; dual-language learners; individualizing and challenging all children; learning in outdoor environments; supporting children with autism in inclusive environments, and more.   The Institute is hosted by the FPG Child Development Institute Professional Development Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Register at http://inclusioninstitute.fpg.unc.edu/


    Capitol-SnowVirginia’s Legislative Information System 

    Virginia’s Legislative Information System is an online resource providing access to bills and resolutions, General Assembly members, the state budget, and more.   Click here to track bills impacting young children and their families.



    SREBBuilding a Strong Foundation: State Policy for Early Childhood Education

    The SREB Early Childhood Commission convened leaders from 16 states to recommend policies to give more young children a solid start when they enter school.  Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear chaired the SREB Commission of legislators, heads of state school agencies and other advocates for early childhood education, which met in 2014 and 2015.  Virginia was represented by Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Janet McClellan.  The report, Building a Strong Foundation: State Policy for Early Childhood Education, notes that the research literature “is consistent in showing the importance of specialized training in the knowledge of child development, effective interactions and application of evidence-based curricula. Paired with high-quality on-site or video coaching and focused, ongoing administrative support, specialized training can help teachers be effective in the kinds of experiences that close learning gaps among groups of young students.”  The full report is available by clicking the link above.  A summary with recommendations is available here.


    New Preschool Videos from the VCU Autism Center of Excellenceace

    The VCU-ACE How To Series demonstrates evidence-based practices for students with ASD. These short videos are approximately five minutes in length and provide a short description of the topic with real life video examples of how to implement the evidence-based practice with preschoolers with ASD.  Topics include routines, transitioning, environmental considerations/schedules, visual supports, and teaching requesting.  https://vcuautismcenter.org/te/how_to/



    HighScope Trainer Course: Making Your Workshops Active and Engaging

    Designed to support both new and experienced trainers, this online course shares the importance of including active learning in workshops for adults. It provides ideas for a wide variety of workshop activities as well as valuable tips for mastering the logistics involved in preparing for, and delivering a workshop.  This course is 3 weeks long plus a welcome/registration week. You will receive a total of 5 clock hours of training.  The course costs $225.  Register at http://secure.highscope.org/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=2185&idcategory=260   Dates are February 1-29 or April 4 to May 2.


    HighScopeHighScope Trainer Course: Presenting and Facilitating Workshops

    Designed for trainers, this online course shares presentation techniques, facilitation strategies, and ideas for dealing with difficult behavior from workshop participants.  This course helps new trainers develop their skills and serves as a refresher for experienced trainers!  Workshop includes one welcome week and three weeks of instruction (five training hours) for $225.  Dates are January 11 – February 8, 2016, February 29 – March 28, and May 2 – 31, 2016.


    Center-for-the-Study-of-Child-Care-EmploymentEarly Childhood Higher Education: Taking Stock Across the States

    The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment has released a new brief, Early Childhood Higher Education: Taking Stock Across the States.  This brief is based on findings from the ECE Higher Education Inventory conducted in several states: California, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. This brief highlights the extent to which ECE teacher preparation is currently integrated across the birth-to-age-eight continuum, and variations in field-based practice opportunities for teachers of young children.  For more information about the Higher Education Inventory, visit the website at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/2013/early-childhood-higher-education-inventory/.


    virginia-state-map-outline-1472166Get the Facts on Child Care in Virginia!
    Child Care Aware has released the 2015 State Fact Sheets, which provide important data to better understand America’s working families and the child care circumstances they face. This annual report uses federal and national data and information from state Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and other state agencies to analyze family characteristics related to the need for child care, the use of child care, the supply of child care, the cost of child care, the child care workforce, and services provided by CCR&Rs. Advocates, policymakers and early childhood leaders should be interested in both the state and national data captured in this resource.  http://usa.childcareaware.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/2015-State-Fact-Sheets-Virginia.pdf



    Early Educator Central

    The US Office of Child Care and Office of Head Start have a launched a new resource, Early Educator Central.  The site provides a wealth of information and resources for teachers, administrators, trainers/coaches, and professional development system administrators related to high quality infant-toddler early learning.  Check out the Fact Sheet  to explore these resources.



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    State of Preschool 2014

    The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has released the State of Preschool Yearbook 2014.  The annual report, which includes state profiles and rankings covering the 2013-2014 school year, looks at enrollment, funding and quality benchmarks for state-funded preschool nationally and by state.  The Executive Summary notes small gains nationally in state Pre-K, but less than a third of 4-year-olds are enrolled.  40% of enrolled children are still served in inadequate programs.

    Secretary Arne Duncan stated, “Providing all children, particularly those most at risk, with a quality preschool experience is one of the best investments our country can make.  I am encouraged so many states – both Republican and Democratic governors – have increased preschool enrollment and the quality of their programs. We have invested more than $1 billion in expanding quality and access even further over the years to come. Even though we clearly have work to do on the state and national level, this report confirms we’re moving in the right direction and creating the building blocks for every child to enter kindergarten prepared.”

    Virginia’s data reflects 18,021 4-year-olds served through state spending.  The per child amount has decreased from a high of $4,737 in 2002 to a low of $3,741 (in 2014 dollars.)  Virginia served 12,526 three and four year olds through the federally-funded  Head Start program, and 9,333 three and four year olds through early childhood special education.  Virginia met the benchmark on six of the ten national quality standards.



    The TED Talk They Keep Talking About: The Power of High-Quality Early Ed

    Before a sold-out TEDxUNC conference crowd, Frank Porter Graham’s Kathleen (Kate) Gallagher told the amazing story of the children who were part of the most famous study in early childhood—FPG’s Abecedarian Project—and she explained the transformative power of high-quality early care and education.  Gallagher extended the theme of this year’s TEDxUNC conference, “Assembly Required,” to what she called “the single most important feat of construction that our society undertakes…the assembly required to build physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially healthy children.”   Read the text of her report, or view the video of this powerful presentation.


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    DEC 2015 Learning Decks 

    The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children offers a series of Learning Decks.  Learning Decks are professional development webinars for those who work with, or on behalf of, young children with special needs. Webinars are $35 for nonmembers and $25 for members. Click HERE for additional information and to register.

    Systematic Monitoring of Young Children’s Social-Emotional Competence and Challenging Behaviors:  January 27, 2016, at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

    Home Visiting in Early Childhood Special Education: Effective Strategies and Practices:  February 10, 2016, at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

    A Framework for Engaging Families in Early Intervention: Current and Best Practice: February 25, 2016, at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

    Preschoolers, Private Parts and Playmates: When to Really Worry!:  March 8th, 2016, at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

    Using Embedded Learning Opportunities in Inclusive Preschool Routines and Activities:  March 15, 2016, at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST


    Early Childhood Investigations

    Early 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:


    01/27/2016:  Leading for ECE Program Quality: Using Self-Awareness and Intention to Affect Positive Change

    2/10/2016:  Who IS an Early Childhood Professional? Early Care and Education in Transformation

    02/17/2016: Build a Workplace Early Educators Love – Just add Joy

    04/06/2016: Coming to Terms: How to Effectively Use Contracts and Policies

    04/13/2016: PreK-3 Continuum: Your Role in Creating Seamless Transitions

    04/20/2016: Able Young Readers, Healthy Growing Bodies: Connecting Early Literacy to Health

    05/11/2016: The Science of Dual Language Learning for Children Birth through Age Five: Effective Practices that Improve Outcomes

    5/18/2016: A Conversation about Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs: Successful Strategies from Experienced Special Educators

    05/18/2016: A Moving Child Is a Learning Child: How Movement Prepares the Brain to Think (and a whole lot more)

    08/24/2016: Word Wizardry: Vocabulary Enhancement in Early Childhood, Prek through Grade 1

    09/21/2016: Toddlers Empowered by the 5 R’s: A New Research-Based Framework for Building Language

    10/12/2016: Managing Phases of Teacher Growth in the Midst of Instructional Change: Learn, Practice, Share and Model

    10/19/2016: “Assessment Literacy” for Early Educators: Unpacking Intentional Child Assessment

    11/09/2016: professional Learning Communities for Directors: A catalyst for Program Improvement

  • Conferences

    PDFVCPD Regional Summits

    VCPD regional consortia have regional events planned.  For information on an event in your area, click the link.

    Eastern:  January 27, 2016 in Hampton

    Central: April 29, 2016 in the Richmond area

    Northern: May 11 or 19, 2016 in Manassas

    Piedmont: May 21, 2016 in Weyers Cave



    2016 VAECE Conference

    The Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education (VAECE) is an organization comprised of early childhood educators, parents, policy makers and other child advocates who are concerned and actively involved in serving on behalf of the needs and rights of young children. An annual conference is held to bring together these individuals in order to enhance the quality of education for young children. The theme for the upcoming conference is “The Happiness of Learning.”  It will held March 17-19, 2016 at the Richmond Marriott.


    secaSouthern Early Childhood Association 67th Annual Conference

    The Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) Conference is February 11-13, 2016 in Tulsa, OK.  The conference theme is “The Whole Child In Harmony.”  (Membership in the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education also provides membership in the Southern Early Childhood Association.)  http://www.southernearlychildhood.org/conference-information/


    CEC VirginiaThe Virginia Council for Exceptional Children Spring Conference: The Power of 1!

    Join the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children’s Spring Symposium on Friday March 11, 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lynchburg.  Brad Cohen is the keynote speaker.  Additional information and registration is available at http://community.cec.sped.org/va/2016-spring-conference


    ccaoa_logo_largeChild Care Aware of America Symposium 2016

    Celebrate milestones in the child care community at the Child Care Aware® of America Symposium April 4-6, 2016 in Washington, D.C.  The upcoming event promises to address the hottest topics of research, policy, and practices of interest to the early child care and education community, including Child Care Resource and Referral leaders and staff, child care providers, researchers, policymakers, parents, students, and anyone interested in learning more about all aspects of child care.  Find out about upcoming session topics, learn more about keynote speakers, and register at http://usa.childcareaware.org/2015/10/symposium2016/



    2016 Virginia Head Start Association Conference

    Mark your calendar for the 2016 Head Start Association Conference to held April 5-7, 2016 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.


    inclusion_institute_2013_logo2016 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute

    May 10-12, 2016 are the dates for the 2016 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute in Chapel Hill, NC.  The program includes emerging information on federal early childhood policies and initiatives; challenging behavior; bias, expulsion, and suspension; friendships; dual-language learners; individualizing and challenging all children; learning in outdoor environments; supporting children with autism in inclusive environments, and more.   The Institute is hosted by the FPG Child Development Institute Professional Development Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Register at http://inclusioninstitute.fpg.unc.edu/


    HighScopeHighScope International Conference: Striving for Excellence and Equity in Early Learning

    The 2016 HighScope International Conference is scheduled for May 9-12, 2016 in Detroit, MI.   The conference brings together educators, trainers, administrators – leaders in the early childhood education field – from around the world. Filled with absorbing presentations, talks, discussions, and opportunities to make connections with colleagues, the HighScope International Conference is an event you don’t want to miss. This year’s theme “Striving for Excellence and Equity in Early Learning” is especially important considering the growing national and local emphasis on early learning and its importance as a tool for positive social change.  Visit highscope.org/2016conference for details.


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    Infant Mental Health Institute

    Save May 12, 2106 for the Virginia Infant Mental Health Institute.  For additional information, go to www.ecmhva.org.



    NHSANational Head Start Association Conference and Expo

    NHSA’s Annual Head Start Conference and Expo is the largest national event devoted to the Head Start and Early Head Start community.   This year, the conference is planned for May 16-20, 2016 in Nashville, TN.  https://www.nhsa.org/event/2016-national-head-start-conference  


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    2016 Summer Institute on Innovation and Impact for Students with ASD

    This years summer institute will be held on June 28-29, 2016 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA.  Regional CoLA participants and identified autism specialists and leaders in Virginia school divisions are invited to attend.  Two representatives per division will be invited initially and a waiting list for additional attendees will be established.  Individuals will be contacted if space becomes available.  For information, click  https://vcuautismcenter.org/ta/cola/summerinstitute.cfm


    ODUP DHHOpening Doors-Unlocking Potential 2016

    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 10th annual ODUP will focus on practical assessments, interventions and resources to positively impact outcomes for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.  The conference is scheduled for June 30-July 1, 2016 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Richmond.  A Call for ODUP2016 Presentations will be sent in early January.  Registration information will be available this Spring.   Contact Ann Hughes at awhughes@vcu.edu for additional information.


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    NAEYC’S 2016 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development 

    NAEYC’s National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is designed for all early childhood professionals, including leaders who prepare, mentor, and support early childhood professionals, as well as program administrators, teacher educators, trainers, teachers, preschool teachers, and researchers.  This year’s theme  is “Early Learning at the Top of the Ticket.”  The Institute will be held in Baltimore, Maryland on June 5-8, 2016. http://www.naeyc.org/institute/ 


    eriksonEarly Math Summer Institute

    Join the instructors from Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative, authors of Big Ideas in Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know, for a four day geared towards teachers of preschool and kindergarten, as well as coaches, administrators, and other teacher educators.  This hands-on professional development opportunity will delve deeply into practical ways teachers can improve early math instruction. The Summer Institute will help make early math learning meaningful for young children and their teachers.  The Institute is July 12-15, 2016 in Chicago, IL.  http://earlymath.erikson.edu/summerinstitute/meme-2016/


    DEC new logoDEC 2016: Save the Date

    The Division for Early Childhood’s 32st Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families will be held in Louisville, KY on October 18-20, 2016.


    naeyc logoNational Association for the Education of  Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference and Expo

    NAEYC’s Annual Conference is scheduled for November 2–5, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.  NAEYC’s annual conference bring together early childhood educators – teachers, program administrators, students, researchers and teacher educators –  to explore the latest research and learn from one another.  The 2016 call for proposals is now open.  The deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday, January 15th!  Learn more at http://www.naeyc.org/conference/

  • 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.