10 Children’s Books To Read During LGBTQ+ Pride Month

VAAEYC Admin/ June 19, 2023/ Uncategorized

Books that embrace diversity, celebrate individuality, and instill compassion. By Macaroni KID June 7, 2023- reposted with permission Article Courtesy of Macaroni KID Subscribe here: nrv.macaronikid.com/subscribe June is a vibrant and meaningful month filled with rainbow-colored joy! It all began in 1969 with the iconic Stonewall riots, a historic event that paved the way for the rights of LGBTQ+ Americans.

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The Source for Learning Webinar

VAAEYC Admin/ June 12, 2023/ Uncategorized

What’s the Difference? Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning in Early Childhood Education Assessing Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Programs An accurate and valid assessment of DLLs’ overall development is vital to the enhancement of educational services and of the program itself. This webinar will discuss the importance of child assessment in all areas of a high-quality ECE program, including

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VAAEYC Admin/ February 24, 2022/ emotional development, Music and Arts

As my team and I were thinking about what to present for VAAEYC’s Annual Conference, we realized that this year’s gathering marks two years since the COVID-related shutdowns began. It’s amazing how much the education community has accomplished over the past 24 months: we’ve harnessed new technologies, we’ve transformed our teaching practices, and we’ve relied on the creativity of our

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Meet the Speakers! Greg & Steve

VAAEYC Admin/ October 25, 2021/ Events, Music and Arts

Greg & Steve’s music says “Let’s Move”! With high energy, participatory songs for children, Grammy nominated Greg & Steve have been entertaining kids, teachers, parents, and grandparents alike for over 30 years! Their singable lyrics and catchy melodies set to contemporary beats (blues, country, rock & roll, and reggae) provide a fun way to encourage movement and teach physical education.

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Meet the Presenter: Salina Yoon

VAAEYC Admin/ October 14, 2021/ Uncategorized

Salina Yoon is a Geisel Honor-winning author/illustrator of a dozen picture books and early readers and nearly 200 innovative novelty books, with over 4.5 million books sold worldwide. KIKI AND JAX, THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP, a picture book she co-authored and illustrated with international tidying superstar and bestselling author, Marie Kondo, released November 2019. Other awards include the Award

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As I Look at the Calendar, All I Can I Do is Simply Shake My Head

VAAEYC Admin/ August 5, 2021/ Professional Development, Tips and Tricks

(Contributed by VAAEYC member and Professional Development Lead Kim Thomason) Ahh, the smell of a new box of crayons… As I write this blog post a new box sets on my desk as a self-reward for getting some much needed “to do’s” done.  The sight of school supplies, preschoolers with new backpacks, and college kids returning to Blacksburg always triggers

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NEW NAEYC Child Care Survey: Take It Today!

VAAEYC Admin/ June 17, 2021/ Early Childhood News

Early childhood educators, will you take a few moments to complete the newest NAEYC survey on the ECE field, available in English and in Spanish? Your responses and your voices make a huge difference in helping policymakers and the public understand the continued urgency of the challenges you face, how relief is helping, and how much more is needed. As

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Embracing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Listening to Powerful Voices Through Stories

VAAEYC Admin/ May 25, 2021/ Diversity

Excerpted from the recent NAEYC Affiliate Connections Newsletter. Melanie Felton is a member of the Affiliate Advisory Council. Opinions expressed are those of the author. As an early childhood teacher educator, I have promoted “anti-bias education” (Olsen, Derman-Sparks & Goins, 2020) for decades. Yet honestly, I was teaching from “head knowledge” because as a white teacher, my “heart knowledge” related

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Post-Conference Reflections and Takeaways

VAAEYC Admin/ March 23, 2021/ Events

Conference Circle Lead Christy John shares her post-conference reflections and takeways.   Your Conference Circle Members had been hard at work planning the 65th annual VAAEYC conference for more than a year.  We reflected at the end of the conference in March 2020, how fortunate we were to have had that time together just before it seemed that the world

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