• What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?


    CCSS logoCreating Connections to Shining Stars 2015: Registration is Open!

    Online registration for the 2015 Creating Connections to Shining Stars Conference is now open! Pre-Conference Sessions are on July 8, with the full conference meeting on July 9-10, 2015 at the Wyndham Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach.  Early bird conference registration for all three days is $175 and the guest room rates are $199 non-oceanfront and $249 oceanfront. Click on “CCSS Conference” on the black bar above for additional information or go straight to registration at  http://www.cvent.com/d/drqmp8. (If you are a presenter or volunteer, be sure to use your code to register as we are unable to give refunds.)  Share information with the ccss 2015 flyer!

     

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    Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation

    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) have released a new report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation.  Sponsored by the US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, in addition to a number of private foundations, the IOM and NRC “were commissioned to explore the science of child development, particularly looking at implications for the professionals who work with children birth to age eight.”

    “The committee finds that much is known about how children learn and develop, what professionals who provide care and education for children need to know and be able to do, and what professional learning supports they need.  Although much of that knowledge increasingly informs standards for what should be, it is not fully reflected in what is– the current capacities and practices of the workforce, the settings in which they work, the policies and infrastructure that set qualifications and provide professional learning, and the government and other funders who support and oversee these systems.”  The full report is available for download, reading online, and purchase.  A four-page report brief is also available  by clicking the link above or access the Press Release.  A list of the 13 report recommendations is available through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

     

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    General Assembly Action: Child Care Amendment Regarding Fingerprint Checks Fails

    The following information was provided by Voices for Virginia’s Children. 

    “On April 15th, the Virginia General Assembly returned to Richmond to consider the Governor’s vetoes and amendments. The Governor had amended one aspect of the omnibus child care safety legislation to extend fingerprint checks to all providers currently subject to a name check. This provision is a new requirement of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant law that Virginia must comply with by September 2017.  Stating the slightly extended timeline, and objections from religious-exempt providers, the House objected to this amendment while the Senate accepted it. While this amendment failed this year, this issue will need to be revisited in the future to ensure compliance with federal law.”

     

    USDOEA Matter of Equity: Preschool in America

    As reported in Natural Resources (Catlett, April 2015), the U.S. Department of Education has released A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America, which finds that 59% of 4-year olds across the nation are not enrolled in publicly funded preschool programs through state preschool, Head Start, or special education preschool services. Even fewer 4-year olds are enrolled in high-quality programs . . .  There are also racial and socioeconomic disparities in access to high-quality preschool, which contribute to achievement gaps that are noticeable by the time children enter kindergarten.

    The report states that there are 104,722 four year olds in Virginia.  17% are enrolled in a state funded preschool program (VPI).  7% are enrolled in Head Start, while 3% are receiving special education services. 73% or 76,900 children are not enrolled in a publicly funded preschool program.

    The report highlights strategies that the Federal government and states are using to address the unmet need for high-quality preschool and discusses next steps. Access the report at http://www2.ed.gov/documents/early-learning/matter-equity-preschool-america.pdf

     

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    Funding for Home Visiting and CHIP Extended for Two Years

    President Obama has signed the bill that includes funding to continue MIECHV (Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting) for the next 2 years and to support CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program).  In a rare display of bipartisan support, the bill received overwhelming support in both the House (392-37) and the Senate (92-8).  Both Senator Warner and Senator Kaine voted in support of this legislation and all but one of Virginia’s Congressional Representatives (Dave Brat, Republican, 7th District) voted in favor of this legislation.

     

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    Strengthening the Parent-Child Attachment in Families Affected by Substance Use

    This free webinar will explore how young children are impacted by prenatal substance exposure. In this exploration, providers will learn how to work with the parent-child dyad to forge a strong attachment and mitigate symptoms of parental substance use. The principles of Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) will be examined. Additionally, this webinar will provide information on the use of Reflective Function (RF) in the treatment of young children and their families. RF supports the caregiver in managing emotions effectively so that the (s)he is better attuned to his or her own needs and can increase attentiveness to the child’s needs and physical and emotional safety.  The webinar is scheduled for May 12, 2015.  Register at http://aia.berkeley.edu/training/online/webinars/2015-aia-webinar-series/#Webinar%203

     

    DOE logoVPI Webinar: Effectively Engaging Community Partners

    CEELOThe Virginia Department of Education with the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes recently offered a webinar highlighting strategies for successful partnerships between Virginia Preschool Initiative and community programs.  Fairfax County and Henrico County shared their collaborative efforts.   The slides and webinar recording are available for review.

     

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    2015 Early Childhood Mental Health Institute

    The 2015 Early Childhood Mental Health Institute is planned for May 21, 2015 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen, Virginia.  Registration is now open at www.ecmhva.org.  Go to the Training/Events page and look for the Save the Date flyer and Click on Register Now.

    Dr. V. Mark Durand will serve as the keynote speaker on “An Optimistic Approach to Helping Children with Challenging Behaviors.”  Dr. Durand is a well known author and expert on children with autism as well as children with challenging behavior.  His work is integral to the Positive Behavior Support approach in developing individualized support plans for children. Dr. Durand will also present a workshop in the afternoon on Supporting Children with Sleep Disorders.  In addition, there will be other workshops in the afternoon on a variety of infant and early child mental health topics presented by other experts in the field.

     

    Child Care Aware LogoChild Care Appreciation Awards

    Child Care Aware Virginia is rolling out the red carpet to recognize the dedicated profession of child care providers in our Commonwealth and needs your participation to acknowledge and celebrate this hard-working profession!  Nominate your favorite child care provider in 1 of 6 special categories and invite your family, friends and community to vote for them to win a CCAV Award!  All nominees and winners, as well as all providers in the child care field will be acknowledged at a special reception on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Richmond.

     

    CBT15pngCelebrating Active Babies and Tots 2015

    The Infant Toddler Specialist Network announces Institutes for early care providers who serve infants and toddlers!  These valuable professional development institutes will focus on how movement and physical activity impact the overall health, development, and well-being of infants and toddlers.  Two keynote addresses by speakers with early childhood education expertise will focus on why it’s important for infants and toddlers to be active.  Workshop Session I, Baby, You Were Born to Move, will discuss the need for infants to move, the challenges of a safe yet active environment, and how to include the physical movement of infants into daily routines.  Workshop Session II, Tireless Toddlers, will assist in understanding active toddlers, identifying how to support their activity level in group settings as well as providing activities and experiences to channel the never-ending energy.  Click HERE for registration information.

    May 2:  Holiday Inn Roanoke in Roanoke
    May 16 University of Richmond Jepson Center in Richmond

     

    DEC new logoDEC 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.

    Using Prompting Procedures to Teach Skills:  May 5, 2015, from 12-1 p.m. EST

    Outdoor Behavior of Young Children With and Without Disabilities in Early Childhood Environments:  June 17, 2015, from 12-1 p.m. EST

    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

     

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    The Magic of Everyday Moments – New Video Series
    ZERO TO THREE has published a new series of free videos, The Magic of Everyday Moments, which explores key aspects of early childhood development and can be used for working with parents and trainees. The videos show how adult interactions shape the growth and learning of infants and toddlers. They include:
    o Brain Wonders: Nurturing Healthy Brain Development From Birth (Runtime: 6:05)
    o Literacy Skills: The Roots of Reading Start at Birth (Runtime: 6:15)
    o Power of Play: Building Skills While Having Fun (Runtime: 5:33)
    o Temperament: What Makes Your Child Tick? (Runtime: 4:37)

     

    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:

    5/13/2015:  Screen Use for Children Under 3: Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Sense

    5/20/2015:  Social Media to Grow Enrollment in Early Care and Education -: The Latest Ideas and Trends to Create a Base of Raving Fans

    06/10/2015:  ECE Program Quality: Your Leadership Role in Pushing the Boundaries

    06/17/201:  Coaching with Powerful Interactions: It All Begins with You!

    6/24/2015:  Engaging and Empowering Families of Young Children in the Digital Age

    07/15/2015: Got funding? No? Write a Grant (for your Early Care and Education Program)

    08/05/2015:  Snagging Talented ECE Teachers: Attract, Engage, and Retain the Best Teachers Who are in for the Long Haul

    09/09/2015:  Eight Leadership Qualities That Advance the Right Choices for Young Children

    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

     

     

  • Conferences

    CCSS logoCreating Connections to Shining Stars 2015: Registration is Open!

    Mark your calendar for Creating Connections to Shining Stars 2015!  The conference is scheduled for July 8-10, 2015 at the Wyndham Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach.  This statewide conference will focus on evidence-based, quality, early childhood practices (birth through five). Sessions will include hot topics in the field of early intervention, care and early childhood/early childhood special education, such as: behavior, coaching in early childhood, curriculum and assessment, social-emotional development, infant mental health, and inclusive practices.

    Our keynote speaker is Dan Habib. Dan Habib is a Filmmaker and Project Director of the Inclusive Communities Project at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, where he has worked since 2008. Mr. Habib created a nationally broadcast film about his son, Including Samuel, and has made many other documentaries on topic related to disability and education. In July 2014, he was appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

    This year, the conference will include a full-day of preconference sessions on Wednesday July 8. These sessions are half- or full-day in length. On Thursday and Friday July 9-10, the keynote presentation, workshop sessions, and exhibits will be available.  Early Bird registration for all three days is $175.  Click http://www.cvent.com/d/drqmp8 to register.  If you are a presenter, vendor or volunteer, be sure to use your code to register as we are unable to give refunds.

     

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    Celebrating Active Babies and Tots 2015

    The Infant Toddler Specialist Network announces Institutes for early care providers who serve infants and toddlers!  These valuable professional development institutes will focus on how movement and physical activity impact the overall health, development, and well-being of infants and toddlers.  Two keynote addresses by speakers with early childhood education expertise will focus on why it’s important for infants and toddlers to be active.  Workshop Session I, Baby, You Were Born to Move, will discuss the need for infants to move, the challenges of a safe yet active environment, and how to include the physical movement of infants into daily routines.  Workshop Session II, Tireless Toddlers, will assist in understanding active toddlers, identifying how to support their activity level in group settings as well as providing activities and experiences to
    channel the never-ending energy.  Click HERE for registration information.

    April 18:  Westin Washington Dulles Airport in Herndon
    May 2:  Holiday Inn Roanoke in Roanoke
    May 16 University of Richmond Jepson Center in Richmond

     

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    Addressing Challenging Behavior: The 12th National Institute on Effective Practices  

    Registration for the 2015 National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Supporting Children’s Social/Emotional Development is now open!  The Institute will be held April 21-25, 2015 at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in Florida.

     

    smart startNational Smart Start Conference

    The National Smart Start Conference is the nation’s largest conference devoted to early education systems and strategies. The conference provides advanced professional development for early education leaders committed to improving the quality of and access to early childhood services for all children ages birth to five.  The Conference will be held in Greensboro, NC on May 4-7, 2015.  Visit the Smart Start Conference website for additional information and the conference Call for Proposals.

     

    HighScopeEarly Learning in2015 High Scope International Conference: Bringing Cultures Together In Early Learning

    The 2015 HighScope International Conference provides early childhood educators, administrators, and researchers the highest quality professional learning to create a lifetime of positive outcomes for young children, their families, and communities. This year’s conference theme is Bringing Cultures Together.  The conference will be held May 6–8, 2015 with preconference sessions on May 4–5 ib Ypsilanti, Michigan.

     

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    2015 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute
    The 2015 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute sponsored by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is scheduled for May 12-15, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

     

     

     

    ecmhva logo2015 Early Childhood Mental Health Institute

    The 2015 Early Childhood Mental Health Institute is planned for May 21, 2015 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen, Virginia.  Registration is now open at www.ecmhva.org.  Go to the Training/Events page and look for the Save the Date flyer and Click on Register Now.

    Dr. V. Mark Durand will serve as the keynote speaker on “An Optimistic Approach to Helping Children with Challenging Behaviors.”  Dr. Durand is a well known author and expert on children with autism as well as children with challenging behavior.  His work is integral to the Positive Behavior Support approach in developing individualized support plans for children. Dr. Durand will also present a workshop in the afternoon on Supporting Children with Sleep Disorders.  In addition, there will be other workshops in the afternoon on a variety of infant and early child mental health topics presented by other experts in the field.

     

    ODUP DHHOpening Doors – Unlocking Potential 2015: Ninth Annual Professional Development Opportunity for Educational Professionals Who Work With Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

    This year’s two-day professional development institute is scheduled for Wednesday-Thursday, June 24-25, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Charlottesville, VA. Featured presenters will address the challenge of working with students whose family’s primary language is other than English. An additional focus of ODUP 2015 is the continuing need to provide strong self-determination skill development to ensure that transition programming for students who are d/hh results in positive outcomes.  Visit https://odup2015.shutterfly.com/ for more information!

     

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    DEC 2015 Call for Proposals

    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.


    naeyc logoNational Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development

    The National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is designed for professionals who prepare, mentor and train early childhood professionals.  Sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Institute is scheduled for June 7-10, 2015 in New Orleans.  Click the Institute link for information about the 2014 Institute and registration for 2015 when it becomes available.

     

    VAECE logo2016 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.  The call for proposals deadline is September 1, 2015.

     

    Council for Prof Rec logoEarly 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.

     

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

    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.

     

    zero to threeZero to Three National Training Institute:  Reaching  a Milestone– Connecting Science, Policy and Practice

    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.

     

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    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.

  • 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.