• What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?

    ccss_logo_2017-halfCreating Connections to Shining Stars 2017: Virginia’s Collaborative Early Childhood Birth through Five Conference

    CALL FOR PROPOSALS AVAILABLE

    VCPD’s Creating Connections to Shining Stars (CCSS) Conference is planned for July 19-21, 2017 at Hotel Roanoke.  The conference will focus on promoting and supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices in inclusive settings for all children, birth to age five.  The call for session proposals is now available.  Professionals who would like to present a conference session should reply by February 1, 2017.

    Conference registration will open in March.  For details about the conference,  click on the black Conference tab above.

     

    Pyramid VA logoCSEFEL Training

    Center for the Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL) training, promoting the social emotional competence of infants and toddlers, is an interactive, practical two-day training designed for teachers, caregivers, and directors who work with children, birth to 36 months, in a group setting.  Participants must attend both days of training, January 21 & 28, 2017,  in Fairfax.  Additional information and registration is available.

     

    asq-online-prod-logo-300x186ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 Child Care Provider Training

     

    The ASQ-3 and the ASQ:SE-2 are accurate, family-friendly ways to screenchildren for developmental delays. Participants will learn how to use the screening tools in their child care setting.  The Northern Virginia location for this four hour training is at Minnieland Academy in Aldie, Virginia on January 21, 2017 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Registration is open.

     

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    DEC Conference Request for Proposals

    The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) requests proposals for the 33rd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families taking place October 4 – 6, 2017 in Portland Oregon. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017. The submission system is active now.  They seek proposals that demonstrate meaningful, effective, and sustainable collaborations across research, policy, and practice to increase learning opportunities for every child, family, and community through everyday routines and interactions.

     

    vdss-logo_main-blue60-Day Public Comment Period to amend Standards for Licensed Family Day Homes.

     The proposed regulatory action to amend Standards for Licensed Family Day Homes (22VAC40-111) to address federal health and safety requirements was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations (Volume 33, Issue 9) on December 26, 2016, starting a 60-day public comment period that continues through February 24, 2017. The proposed regulatory action seeks to amend the current Standards for Licensed Family Day Homes (22VAC40-111) to reflect federal health and safety standards and to provide additional protections of the health, safety, and welfare of children in care. The purpose of this proposed regulatory action is to update the regulation and align it with federal requirements described in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. In addition, the goals of this proposed action are to: (i) to update regulations to comply with new federal requirements for child care providers; (ii) to update current licensing regulations to ensure consistency with requirements for Child Care and Development Fund recipients; and (iii) to present a clearly written regulation that reflects current federal guidelines and practices in child care. Comments on this proposed regulatory action may be submitted via Regulatory Town Hall at http://www.townhall.virginia.gov; or by mail, fax or email to Sharon Smith-Basey, Children’s Licensing Program Consultant, Virginia Department of Social Services, Division of Licensing-Children’s Programs, 801 East Main Street, 9th Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219; fax (804) 726-7132; sharon.basey@dss.virginia.gov.

     

    dec-feedingFeeding Challenges in Young Children: An Overview

    Many young children with disabilities and developmental delays experience feeding challenges. While their cause and treatment vary, there are a number of common approaches to assessment and intervention. This session will provide ways to collect information about feeding development and an overview of effective strategies and specialized interventions to facilitate feeding development. An emphasis on collaboration across professions will be shared. Resources will also be offered.  This DEC Learning Deck (webinar) is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd, 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST.  The cost is $35.  Register at https://squareup.com/store/dec-sped/item/feeding-challenges-in-young-childre

     

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    Celebrating Babies, Tots, and You

    The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network has announced dates for Celebrating Babies, Tots, and You: Institues for Early Care Providers who Serve Infants and Toddlers. These exciting professional development institutes will focus on celebrating child care professionals and renewing their passion to make a difference in the lives of infants and toddlers. Workshop sessions will provide information and strategies on how to manage stress and practical ways to promote self care. Detailed information and registration will be available in January at www.va-itsnetwork.org.

    March 18, 2017  in Virginia Beach
    March 25, 2017 in Fredericksburg
    April 22, 2017 in Wytheville
    May 6, 2017 in Herndon

     

    VAECE logo2017 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. The 2017 VAECE conference is planned for March 30-April 1, 2017 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The theme for the conference is “Every Child, Everywhere. ” For additional information and to register, go to http://www.vaece.org/conference.html.  VCPD 101: Becoming an Effective Early Childhood Professional Development Provider will be offered as pre-conference sessions on March 30.

     

    inclusion-institute-save-the-date-2017_0National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute

    For over 15 years, the National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute has been the premier event for people from all early childhood sectors to come together to learn, share, and problem-solve about inclusion for young children. Last year, the 3-day conference sold out more quickly than ever before—months in advance. Registration is now open for this year’s Institute: http://inclusioninstitute.fpg.unc.edu/  The May 9-11, 2017 Institute will include dozens of groundbreaking sessions and workshops on many hot topics. Janice Fialka—parent, poet, storyteller, and an award-winning advocate for people with disabilities—delivers the keynote address. The popular federal plenary panel returns, and the award-winning filmmaker Jenna Kanell and her brother Vance lead this year’s special family plenary session.

     

    cochlear-girlOpening Doors-Unlocking Potential 2017: Effectively Serving Students Who Are D/HH

    Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential (ODUP) is  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 11th annual ODUP will focus on effective strategies, assessments and more to positively impact outcomes for students who are deaf and hard of hearing and have additional concerns (i.e., D/HH Plus). This includes an exciting “short course” on behavior strategies for students with complex needs. The conference is planned for June 29-30, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. An additional Call for ODUP2017 Presentations will be sent in early January. Registration information will be available this Spring. Contact Ann W Hughes at awhughes@vcu.edu for more information.

     

    ecmhva logo2017 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Institute

    The 2017 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Institute, Successful Relatiobships: Making Headway and Heartway, is planned for March 22, 2017  from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia.  For additional information and to register (after February 1) go to http://www.ecmhva.org/

     

    naeyc logoBuild It Better: Indicators of Progress to Support Integrated Early Childhood Professional Development Systems

    The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has published their newest Early Childhood Workforce Systems Initiative document, Build It Better: Indicators of Progress to Support Integrated Early Childhood Professional Development Systems.  “This resource . . . provides a set of indicators to benchmark the quality and effectiveness of state early childhood professional development systems, stimulate strategic planning, and help policy makers, administrators, educators, and advocates work together to build a better professional development system for early childhood educators working with children birth through age 8.”  Virginia served as one of the state pilot teams for the projects.  Under the leadership of Kathy Gillikin and Zelda Boyd,  VCPD Governance members provided input into the development of the new document.

     

    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:

    01/24/2017: Boosting Your Program’s Bottom Line: Ideas for Differentiation and New Revenue

    1/25/2017: Create a Culture of Acceptance and Kindness in a Challenging World: It all Starts in Your Early Childhood Program

    02/01/2017: Makerspaces in ECE: A Planning Guide for Administrators

    02/08/2017: Handling Change Starts with Leaders Themselves: Exploring Effective Approaches to Personal and Professional Change

    02/16/2017: SEO? Search Engine Optimisation Essentials for More Website Traffic for Early Education and Consultants

    02/22/2017: Respectful Discipline for Toddlers & Twos: The Administrator’s Role in Setting Expectations

    03/01/2017: Four Leadership Strategies for Enhancing Program Quality

    03/08/2017: The Foundation of Early Childhood Consulting: Growth

    03/15/2017: Teaching Young Gifted Children: The Whats, Whys, and How-Tos for Supporting Their Needs

    03/29/2017: Shared Services: A Powerful Framework for Strengthening Your Early Care and Education Program

    04/05/2017: Explicit and Implicit Biases in Early Childhood Education: Becoming Aware of Microaggressions

    04/19/2017: Trauma-Informed Early Education Classroom Design: Designing Child and Family-Friendly Spaces for Recovery from Trauma

    05/03/2017: Continuing the Conversation: Professionalizing Early Childhood Education – Your Role in the Next Era

  • Conferences

     

    VAECE2017 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.  The 2017 VAECE conference is planned for March 30-April 1, 2017  at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.  The theme for the conference is “Every Child, Everywhere. ”   For additional information and to register, go to http://www.vaece.org/conference.html

     

    seca2017 SECA Conference

    The Call for Proposals is now available for the 68th Annual Southern Early Childhood Conference: Strategies for the New South.  The conference is planned for March 9-11, 2017  in Biloxi, Mississippi.

     

     

    Head Start logoVirginia Head Start Association Conference

    The 2017 Annual Virginia Head Start Conference will be at the Hotel Roanoke on April 4-6, 2017.  http://headstartva.org/events-training/annual-conference/

     

     

    cec logoCouncil for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo

    CEC’s 2017 Convention and Expo will be held in Boston on April 19-22, 2017.

     

     

    ITSN logoCelebrating Babies, Tots, and You

    The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network has announced dates for Celebrating Babies, Tots, and You: Institues for Early Care Providers who Serve Infants and Toddlers.  These exciting professional development institutes will focus on celebrating child care professionals and renewing their passion to make a difference in the lives of infants and toddlers. Workshop sessions will provide information and strategies on how to manage stress and practical ways to promote self care. Detailed information and registration will be available in January at www.va-itsnetwork.org.

    • March 18, 2017 Virginia Beach
    • March 25, 2017 Fredericksburg
    • April 22, 2017 Wytheville
    • May 6, 2017 Herndon

    inclusion-institute-save-the-date-2017_0National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute

    For over 15 years, the National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute has been the premier event for people from all early childhood sectors to come together to learn, share, and problem-solve about inclusion for young children. Last year, the 3-day conference sold out more quickly than ever before—months in advance. Registration is now open for this year’s Institute: http://inclusioninstitute.fpg.unc.edu/ The May 9-11, 2017 Institute will include dozens of groundbreaking sessions and workshops on many hot topics. Janice Fialka—parent, poet, storyteller, and an award-winning advocate for people with disabilities—delivers the keynote address. The popular federal plenary panel returns, and the award-winning filmmaker Jenna Kanell and her brother Vance lead this year’s special family plenary session.

     

    cochlear-girlOpening Doors-Unlocking Potential 2017: Effectively Serving Students Who Are D/HH

    Opening Doors-Unlocking Potential (ODUP) is 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 11th annual ODUP will focus on effective strategies, assessments and more to positively impact outcomes for students who are deaf and hard of hearing and have additional concerns (i.e., D/HH Plus). This includes an exciting “short course” on behavior strategies for students with complex needs. The conference is planned for June 29-30, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. An additional Call for ODUP2017 Presentations will be sent in early January. Registration information will be available this Spring. Contact Ann W Hughes at awhughes@vcu.edu for more information.

     

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    Future National Association for the Education of Young Children Conferences

    Atlanta, GA — November 15-18, 2017

    Washington, DC — November 14-17, 2018

    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

  • 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.