• What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?

    active playActive Play for ALL Train-the-Trainer Event

    Active Play for ALL is a free train-the-trainer event presented by Dr. Diane Craft, author of Active Play! Fun Physical Activities for Young Children.  Come learn creative and innovative ways to inexpensively incorporate physical activity for children of ALL abilities! Learn to support inclusive child care and early education settings with age and developmentally-appropriate activities to enhance health and physical engagement in the classroom!  This is an interactive, hands-on experience – dress in play clothes!  The training is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12 12:30pm—5:00pm
    at the Partnership for Families, 800 W. Graham Rd. Richmond VA.  Space is limited! Register here: http://va.childcareaware.org/registration/

     

     BrandonStory5Brandon’s Story, A Mother’s Voice

    The Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University won one silver and two bronze awards at the 36th Annual Telly Awards for the video “Brandon’s Story, A Mother’s Voice.”

    The eight-minute “Brandon’s Story” focuses on the important impact of early intervention for special-needs children and their families, told through the words of Brandon’s mother, Rhonda. Now 14, Brandon received early intervention services from birth to age 3. In the video, Brandon also shares his insights about people with disabilities and his passion for music.

    “When early interventionists work with children, birth to age 3, with disabilities, and their families, they rarely consider the lifelong impact of their interactions and support,” said Cori Hill, Virginia Early Intervention professional development specialist and coordinator of the video project. “Brandon and his family allow us to reflect on their experiences in early intervention and celebrate [their] amazing accomplishments.”

     

    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.

     

    Military FamiliesunnamedFree PD Opportunity for Professionals Supporting Military Families!

    The Military Families Learning Network is hosting a series of FREE webinars designed for early childhood professionals who work with military families. Webinars will occur throughout 2015. No registration is needed; just click the webinar link in the instructions to join. You’ll receive a certificate for 1.5 professional development hours after the webinar by completing an evaluation and a post-test.  The first webinar focuses on Promoting Positive Relationships and is scheduled for August 6, 2015 from 11:00-12:30 EST. Topics will include:

    • Research evidence that highlights the importance of healthy and positive relationships between children and their parents and/or caregivers.
    • Cultural, ethnic, racial, and linguistic variations on parent-child interactions and expectations.
    • Considerations for military families (e.g., absence due to deployments, reunification, parenting from afar, etc.)
    • The importance of Family-Centered Practices.
    • Typical relationship struggles between parents/caregivers and children with disabilities.
    • Parent coaching strategies to support parents and caregivers as they develop healthy and positive relationships with their children.

    Click HERE  for instructions about how to join the webinar!

     

    AEM Corporation.LogoEarly Language and Literacy Webinars

    AEM Corporation announces its 14-module series on Early Language and Literacy. An introductory webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the series and explain how professional development organizations can access the modules to offer a high quality training opportunity for students, teachers and administrators from all early learning settings. Designed to support the emerging language development of children, birth to five, national literacy experts offer presentations on the four instructional priorities: oral language, phonological awareness, vocabulary and alphabet knowledge and print awareness, as well as on dual language learners, struggling learners, shared book reading, dialogic book reading, literacy in the environment, technology, literacy and families, writing, and math and literacy. A host of companion readings and practical application activities round out the training experience.

    Join Kathy Thornburg, Sue Mitchell and Jim Lesko on Tuesday, August 18, 3:00 pm ET to learn about this exciting new opportunity. https://edinfoevents.webex.com/edinfoevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecb6b2369f0efe7f95aebc312b7822f5d

     

    EEC_VisitNOW_250x250_wTaglineEarly Educator Central

    The US Office of Child Care and Office of Head Start have a launched a new resource, Early Educator Central.  The site provides a wealth of information and resources for teachers, administrators, trainers/coaches, and professional development system administrators related to high quality infant-toddler early learning.  Check out the Fact Sheet  to explore these resources.

     

     

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    Building Blocks for Emotional Health  Symposium

    This fall, the Virginia Treatment Center for Children will present the 53rd Annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium. It will focus on promoting early childhood mental health and wellness, and is scheduled for October 16, 2015 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa at Short Pump.  Speakers include Paul Dworkin, MD, founder of Help Me Grow and Executive Vice-President of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; the Honorable Ralph S. Northern, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia; and Stacy Drury, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Tulane University.  Click HERE or contact delores. richards-madikiza@vcuhealth.org for additional information.

     

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    The Raising of America: How Can We Work Together To Raise Awareness About the Importance of Early Childhood Education?

    The Raising of America, by the producers of Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, is a 5-part documentary series and public engagement campaign that explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America.View the 11-minute trailer or visit the website, http://raisingofamerica.org/

     

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    Governor McAuliffe Releases First Annual Report from the Children’s Cabinet

    Governor McAuliffe has released the first annual report from the Children’s Cabinet and a set of policy recommendations of the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success (See article below).

    “Last year I created both the Children’s Cabinet and the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success to focus our administration’s efforts to improve the health, education and well-being of children throughout the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “As we work to build a new Virginia economy, smart investments in our children, their families, and our communities now will ensure that our Commonwealth remains a global economic leader for generations to come.”

    The Children’s Cabinet, the first of its kind in Virginia, was created by Executive Order 21 and is chaired by Secretary of Education Anne Holton and Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel. Membership also includes Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones, and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. Accomplishments from their first year, highlighted in the report, include: providing coordinated oversight across child and family-serving systems from various Secretariats; facilitating connections at the state level, and between state and local partners; promoting positive outcomes, through policy change and new grants, in the five priority issue areas identified in Executive Order 21; and a concerted strategic planning effort, supported by a grant and technical assistance from Casey Family Programs, to guide the Cabinet’s work over the next few years.

     

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    Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success: Final Recommendations

    The report and recommendations from the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success were sent to the Governor and the Children’s Cabinet on June 1, 2015.  The full document is now accessible online.  Since last Summer, the Council has assessed the health and educational needs of Virginia’s children.  Workgroups were established in five key areas:  the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Access to and Quality of Child Care, the Early Elementary Years, Health and Well Being, and Data and Governance.  The Council has adopted 16 recommendations, each with numerous policy options and strategies.  Of the recommendations, strengthening the Virginia Preschool Initiative, better coordinating the governance and administration of state agencies and programs serving young children and their families, and investing in early intervention for young children to ensure their health and well being were identified as priorities.

     

    Ralph NorthamNortham: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

    In response to the recommendations from the Commonwealth Council for Childhood Success, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam authored an editorial published in the Richmond Times Dispatch.  His comments included the following:

    “Over the years, studies have shown that children who are not reading proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely than their peers not to graduate from high school, and those living in poverty are at even greater risk. High school graduation rates continue to be a consistent predictor of which young adults are likely to spend time in our jails or prisons, or of which ones will be able to find meaningful work and sustain themselves over the course of their adult lives. Unfortunately, these statistics are familiar to many of us.”

    “But we also know that investments early in children’s lives have significant impact on their success and can incur fiscal savings by avoiding more complicated health care costs, repetition of grades in public schools and involvement with our criminal justice system. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. . . . ”

    “The fact that policymakers now have an updated list of early childhood recommendations from Virginia experts is a great thing, though not particularly novel. Government councils and task forces have developed similar lists many times over the years, some of which have resulted in policy changes, and some of which have languished.  If we truly want to bend the curve on health and education outcomes for our youth, we must find the political will to come together in a bipartisan fashion to make and sustain some of these investments.  This is not an impossible task by any means . . . “,

     

    USDOEDraft Policy Statement on Inclusion 

    The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services propose to release a policy statement on inclusion of young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs.  Click to view the Executive Summary and the full policy statement.

    USDHHSIt is the Departments’ position that all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs, where they are provided with appropriate support in meeting high expectations. To further this position, the Departments will release a policy statement on the inclusion of young children with disabilities in early childhood programs.  The policy statement: provides a definition of inclusion in early childhood programs; highlights the legal and scientific foundations supporting inclusion, and provides recommendations to states, local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and early childhood programs for expanding inclusive high-quality early learning opportunities for all children.

    Appendix 3: State-Developed Resources to Support Inclusion notes that the “Virginia Intervention Professional Development Center provides an online module (called Journey to Inclusion), videos, and a resource landing pad. The Virginia Cross Sector Professional Development Team website provides information for teaching all students together and supporting Professional Development providers.”

     

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    State of Preschool 2014

    The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has released the State of Preschool Yearbook 2014.  The annual report, which includes state profiles and rankings covering the 2013-2014 school year, looks at enrollment, funding and quality benchmarks for state-funded preschool nationally and by state.  The Executive Summary notes small gains nationally in state Pre-K, but less than a third of 4-year-olds are enrolled.  40% of enrolled children are still served in inadequate programs.

    Secretary Arne Duncan stated, “Providing all children, particularly those most at risk, with a quality preschool experience is one of the best investments our country can make.  I am encouraged so many states – both Republican and Democratic governors – have increased preschool enrollment and the quality of their programs. We have invested more than $1 billion in expanding quality and access even further over the years to come. Even though we clearly have work to do on the state and national level, this report confirms we’re moving in the right direction and creating the building blocks for every child to enter kindergarten prepared.”

    Virginia’s data reflects 18,021 4-year-olds served through state spending.  The per child amount has decreased from a high of $4,737 in 2002 to a low of $3,741 (in 2014 dollars.)  Virginia served 12,526 three and four year olds through the federally-funded  Head Start program, and 9,333 three and four year olds through early childhood special education.  Virginia met the benchmark on six of the ten national quality standards.

     

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    The TED Talk They Keep Talking About: The Power of High-Quality Early Ed

    Before a sold-out TEDxUNC conference crowd, Frank Porter Graham’s Kathleen (Kate) Gallagher told the amazing story of the children who were part of the most famous study in early childhood—FPG’s Abecedarian Project—and she explained the transformative power of high-quality early care and education.  Gallagher extended the theme of this year’s TEDxUNC conference, “Assembly Required,” to what she called “the single most important feat of construction that our society undertakes…the assembly required to build physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially healthy children.”   Read the text of her report, or view the video of this powerful presentation.

     

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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.” (IOM)

    “One of the study’s 13 recommendations is that lead teachers of children from birth to eight have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with specialized knowledge and competencies in early child education. Note that this recommendation isn’t just about the preschool years (ages three to five), but starts at birth and continues through the third grade. The report validates the importance of early childhood teachers and the need for their work to be supported and respected whether in schools, Head Start or child care settings.”  (Office of Early Learning May Newsletter 2015)

    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).

     

    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

     

    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.

     

    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.

    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

     

    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:

    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

    01/13/2016:  Time out for Time-out in Early Education Programs!

  • Conferences

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    DEC 2015: Registration is Open!

    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.

    ecmhva logoBuilding Blocks for Emotional Health Symposium

    This fall, the Virginia Treatment Center for Children will present the 53rd Annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium. It will focus on promoting early childhood mental health and wellness, and is scheduled for October 16, 2015 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa at Short Pump. Speakers include Paul Dworkin, MD, founder of Help Me Grow and Executive Vice-President of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; the Honorable Ralph S. Northern, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia; and Stacy Drury, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Tulane University. Contact delores. richards-madikiza@vcuhealth.org for additional information.


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    2016 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.