• What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?


    REGISTRATION IS OPEN for Creating Connections to Shining Stars 2017: Virginia’s Collaborative Early Childhood Birth through Five Conference

    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.  For details about the conference including links to registration and hotel reservations, click on the black CCSS Conference tab above.

     

    Choosing an Early Childhood Professional Development Provider

    The 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.

     

    FREE Infant/Pediatric CPR and First Aid Training

    Child Care Aware of Virginia is offering Infant/Pediatric First Aid & CPR classes that you may be able to attend for FREE if you are/work for a child care program that serves infants & toddlers AND accepts DSS subsidy payments!  For additional information and to locate trainings in your area, call your local Child Care Aware office or click HERE.

     

    Age-Appropriate Classrooms for Young Learners

    VASCD’s Second Annual PreK-Kindergarten conference is themed “Problem Solving vs Punishment” and is planned for June 19, 2017 at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News.   Sessions will address the ways in which classroom environments, instructional design, approaches to solving problems, and other factors influence children’s abilities to manage their behaviors and their learning. Registration is $145, which includes a light breakfast and lunch.

     

     

    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. Contact Ann W Hughes at awhughes@vcu.edu or go to https://odup2017.shutterfly.com/ for more information.

     

    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/.

     

    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:

    06/07/2017: Using Movement for Optimal Development and Early Learning: How Smart Steps Can Make Big Strides

    06/21/2017: Using Storytime to Grow Executive Function and Self-Regulation in ECE: Setting the Stage for Success

    08/02/2017: Top-Down SEL: Administrative Practices that Support Children’s Emotional Development

    08/09/2017: Teaching Young Gifted Children: The Whats, Whys, and How-Tos for Supporting Their Needs

    08/23/2017: Documentation: A Tool for Family Engagement and Curriculum Development, by Diane Kashin

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

     

  • Conferences

     

    REGISTRATION IS OPEN for Creating Connections to Shining Stars 2017: Virginia’s Collaborative Early Childhood Birth through Five Conference

    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.  For details about the conference including links to registration and hotel reservations, click on the black CCSS Conference tab above.

     

     

     

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    National 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. Contact Ann W Hughes at awhughes@vcu.edu for more information.

     

    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/.

     

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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.