• What’s New in Early Childhood Professional Development?

    Creating Connections to Shining Stars 2017

    Registration is closed for VCPD’s Creating Connections to Shining Stars Conference on July 19-21, 2017 at Hotel Roanoke.  617 people are registered to participate in a full day of preconference sessions, a keynote address from Dr. Kate Gallagher, over 50 concurrent sessions, vendors, and great opportunities to network with colleagues.

     

    2017 VCPD Higher Education Faculty Institute

    Mark your calendar 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.  Registration will open in early August.

     

     

    1-2-3 READ Training

    Child Development Resources is offering 1-2-3 READ! early literacy training in Lynchburg on July 15 and 22, 2017. 1-2-3 READ! 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 must attend both days of training.  Click to register.

     

     

    Project Pathfinders: Apply Now for Fall

    The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation is accepting applications for Fall Semester 2017 scholarships through their online system from June 15 – August 1All Project Pathfinders information and the online application can be found here.  This is an important opportunity for early childhood professionals to build skills through access to high quality community college coursework and credentials.

     

     

    The ARC of Virginia Convention

    Registration is OPEN for The Arc of Virginia’s 2017 State Convention, which will be held August 7-9 at Hilton’s THE MAIN Hotel in Norfolk, VA.  The 2017 Convention will provide people with developmental disabilities (DD), family members, advocates and professionals with “must know” information about DD services and important advocacy issues. Year after year, attendees have shared that the Convention provided them valuable information and helped them become stronger advocates on both the individual and systems levels.

     

    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 August 15, 2017.

     

     

    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.

    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:

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

    08/03/2017: Promoting Pedagogical Practices that Support Creative Investigations in Early Mathematics

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

    08/16/2017: Fostering Friendships to Support Social-Emotional Learning in Early Childhood Programs

    08/02/2017: Promoting Pedagogical Practices that Support Creative Investigations in Early Mathematics

    08/17/2017: How Young Children Learn to Be Musical Through PLAYful Environments of Listening, Making, and

    08/23/2017: Documentation: A Tool for Family Engagement and Curriculum Development

    08/24/2017: Leading to Transform Challenging Behavior in Your Program: Mindset, Play, and Theater Techniques

    09/06/2017: Early Brain Development and Guided Play in Early Education Settings: the Spark for Positive Outcomes in All Domains

    09/13/2017: Trauma-Informed Early Education Classroom Design: Designing Child and Family-Friendly Spaces for Recovery from Trauma

    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
  • 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 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 August 15, 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.

     

    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.