What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?
VCPD Institute for Higher Education Faculty
VCPD is offering an Institute for community college and university faculty preparing early childhood and early childhood special education practitioners. The Institute is scheduled for October 22-23, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Charlottesville.
On Thursday, the Institute will feature presentations on current state-level initiatives including early intervention, early childhood special education, the Virginia Preschool Initiative, and Virginia’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. On Friday, Dr. Mary Louise Hemmeter, a member of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children Recommended Practices Commission, will lead a discussion of the new DEC Recommended Practices and strategies to embed the practices into coursework and field experiences.
Contact Dr. Jaye Harvey, VCPD Coordinator, for additional information.
Policy Statement on Inclusion
The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released a policy statement highlighting the importance of making sure that all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs. The policy statement sets a vision for States, local educational agencies, schools, and public and private early childhood programs to strengthen and increase the number of inclusive high-quality early childhood programs nationwide.
“As our country continues to move forward on the critical task of expanding access to high-quality early learning programs for all children, we must do everything we can to ensure that children with disabilities are part of that,” Secretary Arnold Duncan said. “States, school districts, local organizations, communities and families must work together so that children with disabilities have access to programs that offer individualized and appropriate help in meeting high expectations.”
You can find more information about the policy statement here and read the full policy statement and executive summary here.
Appendix 3: State-Developed Resources to Support Inclusion notes that the “Virginia Intervention Professional Development Center provides an online module (called Journey to Inclusion), videos, and a resource landing pad. The Virginia Cross Sector Professional Development Team website provides information for teaching all students together and supporting Professional Development providers.”
Proposals for conference sessions are now being accepted for the Virginia Head Start Association’s Annual Conference. The theme for the April 5-7, 2016 conference is Keys to Unlock the Future. The conference will be held at the Fredericksburg Conference Center in Fredericksburg, VA. Registration and workshop information will be available in January 2016. The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2015.
Fall 1-2-3 READ! Trainings
The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network presents the fall 2015 lineup of 1-2-3 READ! trainings being offered to caregivers of infants and toddlers throughout the state of Virginia. 1-2-3 READ! is a research-based storybook early literacy curriculum developed by Child Development Resources (CDR). It is designed to build emergent literacy in infants and toddlers through a carefully planned set of experiences that lay the foundation for reading and writing success. Participants will receive a certificate for 12 hours of training to be applied to Virginia Department of Social Services clock hours.
Richmond: October 17 & 24
Arlington: November 7 & 14
Virginia Beach: November 14 & 21
Contact the Infant and Toddler Specialist Network for additional information and to register.
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.” VAECE invites you to share your ideas, research and experience with others at the 2016 conference to be held March 17-19, 2016 at the Richmond Marriott. Although the original deadline has passed, some remaining slots may be available. Click the call for proposals if you are interested in presenting.
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.
Building Blocks for Emotional Health Symposium
This fall, the Virginia Treatment Center for Children will present the 53rd Annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium. It will focus on promoting early childhood mental health and wellness, and is scheduled for October 16, 2015 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa at Short Pump. Speakers include Paul Dworkin, MD, founder of Help Me Grow and Executive Vice-President of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; the Honorable Ralph S. Northern, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia; and Stacy Drury, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Tulane University. Click HERE or contact delores. firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Governor McAuliffe Releases First Annual Report from the Children’s Cabinet
Governor McAuliffe has released the first annual report from the Children’s Cabinet and a set of policy recommendations of the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success (See article below).
“Last year I created both the Children’s Cabinet and the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success to focus our administration’s efforts to improve the health, education and well-being of children throughout the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “As we work to build a new Virginia economy, smart investments in our children, their families, and our communities now will ensure that our Commonwealth remains a global economic leader for generations to come.”
The Children’s Cabinet, the first of its kind in Virginia, was created by Executive Order 21 and is chaired by Secretary of Education Anne Holton and Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel. Membership also includes Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones, and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. Accomplishments from their first year, highlighted in the report, include: providing coordinated oversight across child and family-serving systems from various Secretariats; facilitating connections at the state level, and between state and local partners; promoting positive outcomes, through policy change and new grants, in the five priority issue areas identified in Executive Order 21; and a concerted strategic planning effort, supported by a grant and technical assistance from Casey Family Programs, to guide the Cabinet’s work over the next few years.
Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success: Final Recommendations
The report and recommendations from the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success were sent to the Governor and the Children’s Cabinet on June 1, 2015. The full document is now accessible online. Since last Summer, the Council has assessed the health and educational needs of Virginia’s children. Workgroups were established in five key areas: the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Access to and Quality of Child Care, the Early Elementary Years, Health and Well Being, and Data and Governance. The Council has adopted 16 recommendations, each with numerous policy options and strategies. Of the recommendations, strengthening the Virginia Preschool Initiative, better coordinating the governance and administration of state agencies and programs serving young children and their families, and investing in early intervention for young children to ensure their health and well being were identified as priorities.
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.
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.
Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children: An Individualized Model of Positive Behavior Support for Early Childhood Settings: November 11, 2015, from 12-1 p.m. EST
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:
10/14/2015: Grant Seeking for Early Care and Education Organizations: Where to Find Funding for Your Non-Profit Program
11/04/2015: Engaging Families of Children with Disabilities: Systematically Planning to Create Positive Experiences and Meet Expectations
01/13/2016: Time out for Time-out in Early Education Programs!
DEC 2015: Registration is Open!
The Division for Early Childhood’s 31st Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families taking place October 7 – 9, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. The theme for the 2015 DEC Conference is “The Time Is Always Right to Do What Is Right” – (MLK, 1964) for Young Children and Families.
The 2016 DEC International Conference will be held in Louisville, KY on October 18-20, 2016.
This fall, the Virginia Treatment Center for Children will present the 53rd Annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium. It will focus on promoting early childhood mental health and wellness, and is scheduled for October 16, 2015 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa at Short Pump. Speakers include Paul Dworkin, MD, founder of Help Me Grow and Executive Vice-President of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; the Honorable Ralph S. Northern, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia; and Stacy Drury, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Tulane University. Contact delores. email@example.com for additional information.
2016 VAECE Conference Call for Proposals
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.” VAECE invites you to share your ideas, research and experience with others at the 2016 conference to be held March 17-19, 2016 at the Richmond Marriott.
Early Educators Leadership Conference: Promoting Excellence, A Focus on Competency
The Council for Professional Recognition’s Early Educators Leadership Conference will provide training, innovative tools and presenters to assist early care and education leaders develop a broad vision to advance, and unify the early care and education workforce. The conference is scheduled for October 1-4, 2015 at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA. Who should attend? QRIS and State administrators, CDA Professional Development Specialists, CDA Trainers, university and community college faculty, high school career and technical faculty and administrators. Additional information is available by clicking HERE.
The NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo is the largest early childhood education conference in the world, where tens of thousands of educators choose from hundreds of presentations and exhibits. The 2015 conference will occur on November 18-21 in Orlando, Florida.
The National Training Institute (NTI), scheduled for December 2-4, 2015 in Seattle, Washington, is carefully developed to meet the learning and networking needs of those working with infants and toddlers in Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Mental Health, Early Head Start, Child Welfare, Parent Education, and Pediatrics. NTI’s variety of programming allows participants to design their own professional development experience by crafting an NTI agenda that meets specific needs. Be informed and enriched by the NTI’s five general sessions, 72 breakout sessions, interactive Pre-Institutes, issue intensives, and a multitude of networking and other continuing education experiences.
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.