• What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?

    Creating Connections to Shining Stars 2017: Wrap Up!

    Over 600 early childhood practitioners attended VCPD’s Creating Connections to Shining Stars (CCSS) Conference on July 19-21, 2017 at Hotel Roanoke.  Participants were thrilled with six full-day preconference workshops, four Lunch and Learn sessions, 65 concurrent sessions, keynote presentation from Dr. Kate Gallagher, vendors, gift of free children’s books, conference app, Hotel Roanoke, food, and great opportunities to network with colleagues. Click CCSS 2017 to see our pictures!  The CCSS Conference is the most visible evidence of our cross-sector goal of promoting, planning, implementing, and evaluating high quality professional development in the field of early childhood.  If you missed it, look forward to CCSS 2019!

     

    2017 VCPD Higher Education Faculty Institute

    Registration is open for the 2017 VCPD Higher Education Faculty Institute to be held on September 28-29, 2017 at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville.  The Institute is open to early childhood special education and early childhood education faculty in Virginia’s two- and four-year colleges and universities.  On Thursday, the Institute will feature presentations on current state-level initiatives including the recent recommendations from the School Readiness Committee, proposed changes in teacher licensure (invited), teacher recruitment and retention, and key indicators of child well-being from Voices for Virginia’s Children.  On Friday, John Richardson-Lauve, Director of Mental Health and Lead Trauma and Resilience Educator at will lead faculty in Surviving and Thriving: Trauma and Resilience.  Click here for additional details and to register.

     

    VA ITSN Webinar: Safe Sleep Environments for Infants & Toddlers 
    The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) is offering a free webinar on September 27, 2017  at 1:00-2:00 pm.  Caregivers of infants and toddlers will understand the dangers of unsafe sleep positions and unsafe sleep environments. Information will be shared about the history of SIDS as well as the number of fatalities in Virginia due to unsafe sleeping environments. Participants will learn the newest recommendations regarding sleep environments from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  The registration deadline is September 22, 2017.  Register online now!

     

    NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation 101- An Overview of the System

    As we work toward a more perfect early childhood educator profession, NAEYC’s higher education accreditation system has been a long-standing lever for quality improvement and accountability of early childhood degree programs. Join NAEYC this fall for opportunities to learn more about the accreditation system, or to prepare for your initial or renewal accreditation. This webinar, on Wednesday September 30, 2017 from 2:00-3:00, will provide a high-level overview of the accreditation system.  Register HERE for this free webinar.

     

    Project SEED Webinar: Biting Behaviors Part 2

    Join Project SEED for a FREE Sprout Session webinar and learn about the social emotional development of infants and toddlers in your care. This 30-minute  interactive session is a follow-up to their previous webinar that addressed biting behaviors.  The webinar is planned or Tuesday October 10, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:00.  Space is limited to the first 100 registrants. Certificates are provided.  Click to register and to view Biting Behaviors- Part 1. 

     

    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.  Click HERE for additional information and to register.

    Suffolk: Nov. 3rd & 4th
    Sterling: Dec. 1st & 2nd

     

    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. Participants will learn: strategies for expanding children’s language through story telling and conversations; how to select and use books and print materials; how to infuse literacy activities within a child’s daily routine; how to use story props to engage infants and toddlers in early literacy experiences; and strategies for involving families in literacy activities.  Register HERE.

    Hampton—Sept. 23 & 30
    Glade Spring—Oct. 7 & 14
    Arlington—Oct. 13 & 14

     

    Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Modules 3 & 4: Train the Trainer

    The Infant & Toddler Specialist Network is offering CSEFEL Trainer training on October 23 & 24, 2017 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Westin in Richmond led by Dr. Robert Corso, CSEFEL Project Coordinator. Participants will: learn strategies to train infant and toddler providers in how to effectively use the CSEFEL materials; understand the Pyramid Model to support young children’s healthy social-emotional development and address challenging behavior; and receive follow-up support during implementation. Register HERE.

     

    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.  The call for session proposals is open.  Proposals are due on September 1, 2017.

     

     

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

    The Call for Proposals is now open for Virginia Head Start Association’s 2018 Annual Conference. This is their largest event each year and they are looking forward to another fantastic conference full of quality professional development and networking opportunities.  The conference is planned for April 10-12 in Williamsburg. Please visit the Call For Proposals page for recommended topics and conference details.

     

    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.

     

    Image result for national academy of medicine logoConnecting Stakeholders to Bridge the Divide: Upskilling Virginia’s Early Childhood Workforce

    The June 19, 2017  issue of the National Academy of Medicine’s Perspectives feature the work of Virginia’s Innovation to Incubation team.  This team joined other states in a series of meetings and monthly phone calls designed to help teams network and create practical implementation plans to transform the early childhood workforce.  Read the discussion paper summarizing there work here. 

     

    Image result for kristie pretti frontczakFree eBook on Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators

    Kristie Pretti-Frontczak and Ashley Lyons have published a free, downloadable eBook, Summertime Solutions: Getting to a Change in Practice.  It includes tips, tricks and tools of the trade to transform early childhood professional development and includes links to many of Kristie’s podcasts, blog posts, printables and other resources.


    33rd Annual International DEC Conference

    On October 4-6, 2017 in Portland, Oregon, the Division for Early Childhood will bring together a passionate group of dedicated individuals who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with special needs and their families. This year’s conference theme, Mountains of Opportunities: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the New Millennium, features foremost authorities in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related disciplines. Additional information is available at conference@dec-sped.org

     

    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 Novmber 15-18, 2017 conference is planned for Atlanta, Georgia.  Additional information is available at http://www.naeyc.org/conference/.

     

    Choosing an Early Childhood Professional Development ProviderThe VCPD Quality Assurance Workgroup has completed two new documents, Guide to Choose a PD Provider (3) and Checklist to Choose a PD Provider (2) Both are designed to assist with selection of an early childhood professional development provider who has experience and expertise in Virginia’s Competencies for Professional Development Providers. Leaders who are interviewing prospective trainers may use these documents to guide their assessment of the individual’s level of knowledge and skill.

     

    WEBINAR: Building Partnerships with Families of Young Dual Language Learners: Part 2
    In the second of this two-part series on engaging families of young dual language learners, Dr. Colleen K. Vesely, assistant professor of Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Science in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University, 2 extends Part 1’s discussion of Building Partnerships with Families of Young Dual Language Learners. She will give a brief review of implicit bias and cultural humility, and then will delve more deeply into defining relationship-based strategies that respond to some of the unique challenges faced by families of young dual language learners. Please view the attached article, “Strategies and Practices for Working with Immigrant Families in Early Education Programs” to help you prepare for this webinar.  Join the Preschool Development Grant Technical Assistance program on Thursday October 12th from 3:00-4:00 pm. Register for Part 2.

     

    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.

    Thu, Oct 12, 2017: Supporting and Engaging Teen Parents in Early Childhood Settings

    Thu, Nov 9, 2017: Creating a Supportive Environment for Children with Incarcerated Parents and their Families

    Tue, Dec 12, 2017: Super Moms and Super Dads! Recognizing the Extraordinary Needs of Single Parents and Engaging Them in Early Childhood Programs

     

    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:

     09/27/2017: Supporting Young Children and Families Impacted by Immigration Policies

    10/04/2017: Social Skills and Autism: Using Books in Creative Ways to Reach and Teach in Early Education

    10/11/2017: Challenging Behavior: Directors and Teachers Working with Families and Other Experts

     11/08/2017: The ECE Mindfulness Movement: Build a Mindful Organization
    12/13/2017: Early Brain Development:  5 Big Ideas Every Early Care Professional Should Know
    01/10/2018: Collective Leadership in ECE Organizations: Unlocking Your Team’s Natural Gifts
    03/14/2018: Extending the Book Experience: Strategies That Promote Language and Literacy Development in Dual Language Learners

     

    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.  Register HERE.

    Wed, September 30:  Music to Promote Engagement and Learning for Children with ASD: The What, Why and How

    Thur, October 19:  Developing Functional Assessment-Based Interventions in Early Childhood Settings: A Systematic Approach

    Tues November 14: Collaborating with Interpreters in EI/ECSE

    Tues. December 12: Focusing on the Environment: How the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) Framework is Linked to Child Participation

  • Conferences

     33rd Annual International DEC Conference

    On October 4-6, 2017 in Portland, Oregon, the Division for Early Childhood will bring together a passionate group of dedicated individuals who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with special needs and their families. This year’s conference theme, Mountains of Opportunities: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the New Millennium, features foremost authorities in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related disciplines. Additional information is available at conference@dec-sped.org

     

    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.  The call for session proposals is open.  Proposals are due on September 1, 2017.

     

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Future National Association for the Education of Young Children Conferences

    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

  • 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.