The Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development Team promotes planning, development, implementation and evaluation of professional development to ensure coordination of all early childhood professional development 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. This includes but is not limited to infants, toddlers and preschoolers who may experience risk factors for school readiness, economic disadvantages, and cultural and linguistic differences; dual language learners; and young children with disabilities and special health needs. Our members provide professional development to early childhood practitioners who serve children and families in home, school, and community settings.
VCPD members are committed to supporting a coordinated professional development system that incorporates the following essential principles:
• Seamless Professional Development Across Sectors: Collaborative planning and service integration is in place across traditional boundaries of child care, prek-12 education, higher education, health, mental health, and social services;
• Reduction of Gaps and Duplication: Involvement of early childhood professional development providers, practitioners, parents, and public/private-sector community leaders eliminates duplicative efforts in training, and meets current professional development needs statewide through sharing resources across sectors;
• Core Knowledge: A range of foundational knowledge based on current, evidence-based practices ensures that adults working with young children and their families are able to facilitate productive child learning and development;
• Quality Assurance: Mechanisms and processes are in place to ensure accountability of trainer and training content quality;
• Qualifications and Credentials: Standard qualifications and credentials for professional development and direct services providers improve the quality of early childhood services;
• Stabilization of Workforce: Meaningful opportunities for professional development promote improved skills and career advancement, and ensure a well-qualified and stable workforce;
• Access and Outreach: Current and prospective early childhood practitioners understand how the system works, the educational opportunities that are available, where to go for professional development assistance, and how to obtain financial aid; and
• Adequate Funding: Funding supports delivery of needed professional development, access for participants, and administration of the system.