Virginia Department of Education – VDOE

VAAEYC works closely with the VDOE to provide information and resources for Early Childhood Educators in Virginia.

Resources and Organizational Support for Early Care and Education in Virginia

*The information on this page was obtained from individual websites as well as the VDOE proposed Year 1 Guidelines for VQB-5 (Virginia Department of Education. (2023, March 16). Draft Proposal for the 2023-2024 Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQB5) Guidelines. Virginia Department of Education.

PD Essentials

PD Essentials prepares Virginia’s professional development providers (trainers, coaches, technical assistance specialists, child care and preschool directors, school administrators, etc.) to support those serving all children birth to age five in home, school, and community settings. They offer a train-the-trainers series, Essentials for Early Childhood Professional Development Providers; a website with information and resources,; an online newsletter, Pointers for PD Providers; and quarterly meetings with opportunities for training and collaborating with colleagues.

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Art Tales for Pre-K

Need ideas for how to talk about art with children? The National Gallery of Art has free resources online and in print for young children. Art Tales is the newest series of lessons and activities with books and videos to keep children engaged. The print versions of this resource can be previewed below.

Art Tales Activity Booklet :

Art Tales Coloring and Cutout Booklet

Take time to look closely and listen carefully—to the artwork, to the books, and to each other. Let children’s interests and attention span set the pace for a shared looking and reading experience.

Encourage conversation throughout your reading, not just at the end. Sharing thoughts and questions as they arise helps keep everyone engaged.

Follow up your exploration and reading with a museum visit or a hands-on art making experience. What new ideas about an artist’s work—including your own!—do you have after learning more?

Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential 

Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential (VA-ECAP) is an online credentialing program offered by The Source for Learning, Inc. (SFL) that is recognized by the NAEYC. Students earn college credits for Child Development courses offered by Virginia community colleges and clock hours for non-credit Leadership & Management courses offered by SFL (Optional: CEUs offered for non-credit Leadership & Management courses by Old Dominion University.) 

vaaeyc is proud to promote educational opportunities through The Source for Learning as a partner for Professional Development.

The Source for Learning’s ECE webinars…

  • Feature trending topics in the ECE community.
  • Are hosted by experts and experienced early childhood educators.
  • Provide professional learning certificates for live and on-demand sessions.
  • Are available free of cost.

The Source for Learning is a nonprofit that has been developing education professionals for more than 40 years.

Announcing 4 New ECE Webinars!

Join us this fall for four new webinars about dual language learning! Learn from ECE experts Angèle Sancho Passe and Alana Dresden and leave with the strategies and tools you need to support multilingual learners and families in your early childhood program.

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