• What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?

    Image result for jlarcJLARC 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.

     

     

     

    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.

     

    The Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential Program (VAECAP)

    Registration for Spring 2018 is now open for the Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential Program (VAECAP).  This is a joint offering from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and The Source for Learning, Inc. (SFL), and is the only NAEYC recognized ECE administrator credential in the state of Virginia.  Click for additional information.

     

    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.

    Hampton: January 20 & 27
    Altavista: February 17 & 24
    Fairfax: March 9 & 10
    Hopewell: March 10 & 24
    Roanoke: April 7 & 14

     

    The Importance of Family Engagement When Using the ASQ:SE-2 Screening Tool

    Infant and toddler providers, please join Project SEED on Wednesday December 20 from 12:00-1:00 PM for a FREE ASQ Infant and Toddler webinar! Family engagement is a key factor in the healthy development of young children, as well as an essential element for school success. The ASQ-3 and the ASQ:SE-2 are fantastic, user-friendly screening tools to support family engagement in your program. In this webinar, learn how you can use new additions to the ASQ:SE-2 to further promote family engagement, learn tips for involving families, strategies for collaboration and additional resources for partnering.  CLICK to register.

     

    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.

    January 6 & 20: Manassas
    January 13 & 20: Roanoke
    January 19 & 20: Fairfax
    January 20 & 27 : Glen Allen

    February 2 & 3: Norfolk
    March 17 & 24: Charlottesville
    May 3 & 10: Fredericksburg

     

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    Virginia Early Childhood Workforce Survey

    The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation presented preliminary findings of the 2017 Virginia Early Childhood Workforce Survey to the School Readiness Committee at their September 29, 2017 meeting. Data collection is complete, and analysis is actively underway. This document presents preliminary findings in the research areas of Qualifications, Turnover & Retention, Wages, and Professional Development. The full report will be completed in October, and a presentation will be provided to the School Readiness Committee at its December 2017 meeting.

     

    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.

     

    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 Healthy 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.” For more information go to: www.regonline.com/CHANGINGTHELENS

     

    Virginia Head Start Association’s 2018 Annual Conference: Call for Proposals

    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.

     

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    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.

     

    Virginia’s School Readiness Committee

    At their July 26, 2017 meeting, members of the School Readiness Committee approved a set of recommendations in three areas: Standards, Pathways, and Priorities. The Committee, established by the 2016 General Assembly is tasked with addressing the development and alignment of an effective professional development and credentialing system for the early childhood education workforce in the Commonwealth.  Read the recommendations and supporting documents on the Committee webpage.

     

    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.

    Thursday, January 18, 2018: Early Brain and Motor Development through Movement

    Tuesday, February 13: Facilitating Movement to Promote Motor Development

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018: Inside, Outside, Upside-Down: Connecting Movement to Teaching & Learning

     

    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:

    01/10/2018: Collective Leadership in ECE Organizations: Unlocking Your Team’s Natural Gifts
    01/17/2018: Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool: Programs and Practices that Work
    02/07/2018: Big Body Play: Why Something So Scary is So Good For Children
    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
    04/11/2018: Child Care Now & Beyond: Perspectives from Us and Canadian Advocates
     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!

     

  • Conferences

    NAEYC Annual Conference

    NAEYC’s Annual Conference is the largest gathering of thought leaders, classroom teachers and faculty, administrators, researchers, and other critically important practitioners and contributors in early childhood education. The Conference is a great opportunity to help advance shared work on behalf of children during their most critical period of development and learning! The November 15-18, 2017 conference is planned for Atlanta, Georgia.  Additional information is available at http://www.naeyc.org/conference/.

     

    Council for Exceptional Children Convention

    The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2018 Convention and Expo is the largest special education event of the year, drawing attendees from all over the world.  Registration is open now for the Convention scheduled for February 7-10, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. www.cecconvention.org/

     

    Virginia Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired Conference

    The Virginia AER Conference: Achieving Independence in All Walks of Life is planned for February 21-23, 2018 at the Wyndham Wingate in Richmond.  The conference is open to all who are involved in the rehabilitation and education of individuals with visual impairments, both personally and professionally. This includes parents, students, teachers of the blind and vision impaired, medical professionals, and others.  Contact Lisa Auwarter, 2018 Virginia AER Conference Chair at lisa.auwarter@dbvi.virginia.gov or (540)332-7716 for additional information.

     

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

    Mark your calendar for March 8-10, 2018 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.

     

     

    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.  Be on the watch for a Call for ODUP2018 Presentations in early January.

     

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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

     

    Future Division for Early Childhood Conferences

    Orlando, Florida — October 23- 26, 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton

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

  • 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.