What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?
Sheesh it’s cold outside! Are you ready to start thinking about warm summer days? Maybe even a trip to Virginia Beach for the Creating Connections to Shining Stars Conference? Believe it or not, Summer is just around the corner and so is Creating Connections to Shining Stars 2015. 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. Registration will open March 16 and will be accessible through this webpage. Plan to join us!
Governor McAuliffe and other officials visited the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) on February 3, 2015. While VDSS Training and Education Consultant Sharon Smith-Basey was participating in the February VCPD Governance Workgroup meeting, Governor McAuliffe stopped by her office. He asked to join our telephone conversation and thanked us for our hard work on behalf of young children. What a nice surprise!
The Virginia Department of Education and the VCU T/TAC are hosting an Inclusive Practices Institute on March 19-20, 2015 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Richmond. The Institute is planned for Special Education Administrators and their VPI, Head Start or Community Preschool Partners. The focus is on how to plan, conduct implementation training, implement, and sustain a preschool program for ALL preschoolers in a blended early childhood program. Research and evidence-based practices, resources, and conversations with successful programs will be presented. Data from local systems will be used to begin the planning. Indicators of quality for early childhood classes and how to assess the programs will be shared. Contact Krystle McCabe at email@example.com or 804-827-0108 if you have questions.
The 2015 Virginia General Assembly continues to consider a number of bills related to child care. SB 1168 (child care licensing), SB 1055 (background checks), and SB 1123 (requiring those using a subsidy to use licensed care) passed the Senate. The House Welfare and Institutions Committee approved an omnibus child care bill, HB 1570. To follow these bills, go to the Legislative Information System and enter the bill number.
Proposed revisions to the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). are considered through the budget amendment process, and both the House and Senate have introduced budget amendments that would impact VPI implementation and enrollment in the future. For questions on early childhood education and care related bills contact Emily Griffey at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Voices for Virginia’s Children.
CSEFEL Train the Trainer and Train the Coach: NEW DATES
Applications are now available for the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL) Train the Trainer professional development scheduled for March 2015. In this training, participants will learn strategies to train infant and toddler providers in how to effectively use the CSEFEL materials and the Pyramid framework to support young children’s healthy social-emotional development and address challenging behavior. It is strongly recommended that participants are familiar with the CSEFEL pyramid model before attending the training event. Please note that these are two separate training’s, and individuals must participate in the train the trainer before participating in the train the coach.
CSEFEL Train the Trainer: March 9-10, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Christiansburg
CSEFEL Train the Coach: April 13-14, 2015
For more information about training events please visit http://ecmhva.org/ or contact Jackie Robinson, Project SEED Director, at email@example.com.
2015 VAECE Conferences: Registration is Open!
The 2015 Virg1nia Association for Early Childhood Education(VAECE) conference is planned for March 19-21, 2015 in Richmond. The theme is “Don’t Stop Believin.’” Click HERE to register. The 2016 conference will be March 17-19 , 2016 also in Richmond.
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.
March 28: Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake
April 18: Westin Washington Dulles Airport in Herndon
May 2: Holiday Inn Roanoke in Roanoke
May 16 University of Richmond Jepson Center in Richmond
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 $35 and will be available after March15th at www.ecmhva.org
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.
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.
Just in Time: Providing “Real Time” Feedback to Teachers Around Individualized Behavior Support Strategies: March 11, 2015, from 12-1 p.m. EST
Promoting Appropriate Behavior Using Visual Supports: April 14, 2015, from 12-1 p.m. EST
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
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) have released a joint policy statement “to support families, early childhood programs, and States by providing recommendations from for preventing and severely limiting expulsion and suspension practices in early childhood settings. Recent data indicate that expulsions and suspensions occur at high rates in preschool settings. This is particularly troubling given that research suggests that school expulsion and suspension practices are associated with negative educational and life outcomes.5, 6, 7 In addition, stark racial and gender disparities exist in these practices, with young boys of color being suspended and expelled much more frequently than other children.2,3,4 These disturbing trends warrant immediate attention from the early childhood and education fields to prevent, severely limit, and work toward eventually eliminating the expulsion and suspension – and ensure the safety and well-being – of young children in early learning settings.”
Community Playthings has chosen to sponsor the free distribution of “Their Name is Today” by Johann Cristoph Arnold. “Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide.” Arnold “surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom.” Click HERE to access an order form. A. study guide is also available HERE.
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)
Virginia Receives 17.5 Millions Preschool Expansion Grant
Virginia has been awarded a $17.5 million federal Preschool Expansion Grant that will allow the Commonwealth to serve as many as 1,600 additional at-risk four-year-olds in new, high-quality preschool classes. In addition, the grant will fund enhanced services to approximately 1,400 children in existing pre-kindergarten classrooms. The awards are first-year grants with the potential of continued funding for three additional years.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support expansion and improvement of the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) in 11 high-needs school divisions beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. VPI is a state-funded program that currently supports quality preschool programs for approximately 18,000 at-risk four-year-olds. In addition to providing high-quality preschool experiences and activities, the selected divisions will offer focused outreach to families and communities, as well as individualized support for children with unique learning needs, including students with disabilities, English-language learners and children from military families. This combination of instruction, outreach and support will be known as VPI Plus.
The participating divisions are: Brunswick County, Chesterfield County, Fairfax County, Giles County, Henrico County, Norfolk, Petersburg, Prince William County, Richmond, Sussex County, and Winchester. The divisions were selected based on the following indicators of need: poverty, number of Title I schools, percentage of children entering kindergarten below the state’s literacy readiness benchmark and the number of unserved at-risk four-year-olds. Together, the divisions have committed to establishing 88 VPI Plus classrooms and improving services for children in 94 existing preschool classes.
The grant also will fund a state-level effort — led by the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia (UVA) — to improve preparation and professional development for preschool teachers and administrators.
The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) led the commonwealth’s grant application effort. Virginia is one of 18 states to receive either a preschool expansion or preschool development grant. The Virginia Department of Education will lead the implementation of the Commonwealth’s Preschool Expansion Grant, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Virginia Department of Health, UVA and VECF. (Excerpted from Governor McAuliffe Announces $17.5 Million Federal Preschool Expansion Grant, Press Release December 10, 2014)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is in negotiation with agencies in seven Virginia communities for the award of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion grants. HHS will continue to negotiate with these and other applicant agencies to award all grants on a rolling basis between January 1 and the end of March, 2015. Virginia potential grant award recipients are located in Alexandria, Culpeper, Fairfax, Oakton, Roanoke, Augusta, and West Point.
Invest in US
At the White House Summit on Early Education on December 10, 2014, President Obama announced over $1 billion dollars in early education investments through Invest in US. Invest in Us is a public awareness campaign that calls on business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials and members of the public to invest in the expansion of early childhood opportunities for children across the country. Click on these links to learn more.
The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and partners Child Care Aware of Virginia, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Department of Social Services have received a second year of funding from the CDC/Nemours to reduce childhood obesity in Virginia. In 2014, Virginia’s Taking Steps to Healthy Success Early Care and Education Learning Collaboratives (ECELC) project engaged directors and leaders from sixty-six ECE programs in a year-long professional development and action planning process, creating healthier care environments for over 4,400 children. With this second year of funding, 50 new ECE programs in Prince William, Rappahannock and Greater Richmond will be invited to participate in the ECELC project. For more information contact Emily Keenum, Health Initiative Coordinator at Emily@vecf.org or visit http://www.smartbeginnings.org/home/about.
Reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant
The Office of Child Care Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, has announced that President Obama has “signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law. The law, which Congress passed with strong bipartisan support, reauthorizes the child care program for the first time since 1996 and represents an historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program.”
The law makes important statutory changes focused on better balancing the dual purposes of CCDF – to promote families’ economic self-sufficiency by making child care more affordable, and fostering healthy child development and school success by improving the overall quality of early learning and afterschool programs. It also makes significant advancements by defining health and safety requirements for child care providers, outlining family-friendly eligibility policies, and ensuring parents and the general public have transparent information about the child care choices available to them.” Click HERE for a brief, plain language summary. Click HERE for a side-by-side comparison of the old and new legislation as developed by the National Women’s Law Center.
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. Visit the website at www.va-itsnetwork.org to register.
Looking for resources, activities, and strategies to support student learning around inclusion and diversity? Join Supporting Change and Reform in Preservice Teaching in North Carolina (SCRIPT-NC) for a free series of webinars designed specifically for for early childhood community college faculty. Content is also relevant to individuals who provide bachelor’s level instruction or people who provide other forms of professional development (training, technical assistance, and consultation). Each webinar will include resources, activities, and assignments for delivering content in ways that build both knowledge acquisition and knowledge application. Additional areas of emphasis will be alignment with the NAEYC standards, incorporation of the 2014 DEC Recommended Practices and state early learning guidelines, and integration of content on formative assessment. All webinars will take place from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm U.S. EST unless indicated and be led by Camille Cattlett.
Week of the Young Child™ 2015: Celebrating Our Youngest Learners!
The Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC) is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. We will celebrate WOYC on April 12-18, 2015. Click the links above for details.
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:
3/11/15: Early Childhood Program Business 101: Basic Business Planning for Growth and Sustainability
3/18/2015: Family Engagement Strategies for All Languages and Cultures
3/25/15: Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Early Childhood Setting: The Role of Administrators
4/15/2015: Why Staff Fail to Report Suspected Child Abuse: Strategies to Ensure Consistent Reporting
4/22/2015: Promoting Executive Function Life Skills in Early Childhood- Resources and Tools from Mind in the Making
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
Creating Connections to Shining Stars 2015
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. Online conference registration will open on Monday March 16. Early Bird registration for all three days is $175.
2015 VAECE Conferences: Registration is Open!
The 2015 Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education (VAECE) conference is planned for March 19-21, 2015 in Richmond. The theme is “Don’t Stop Believin.’” Click HERE to register. The 2016 conference will be March 17-19 , 2016 also in Richmond.
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.
March 28: Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake
April 18: Westin Washington Dulles Airport in Herndon
May 2: Holiday Inn Roanoke in Roanoke
May 16 University of Richmond Jepson Center in Richmond
Child Care Aware® of America Annual Meeting
Child Care Aware and the National Head Start Association are partnering for their annual Conference on March 29 – April 2, 2015 at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. Mark your calendar – because Big Things are Happening with Child Care in DC! Click for registration information.
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.
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.
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.
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!
DEC 2015 Call for Proposals
DEC is excited to accept proposal submissions for 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 deadline for submissions is January 12, 2015. 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. Click to access the Call for Proposals.
National 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.
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 Division for Early Childhood Conference
The 2016 DEC International Conference will be held in Louisville, KY on October 18-20, 2016.