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
Assist VQB5 programs (birth to five) in using data to improve the quality of teacher-child interactions, curriculum and professional development, focusing particularly on classrooms with demonstrated need.
Target Audience: Early childhood programs participating in VQB5, prioritizing supports for publicly- funded programs.
Child Care Aware of Virginia is a community-based network of child care and early education specialists. The organization delivers services to families, child care professionals and communities, working to increase the accessibility, availability and quality of child care in Virginia.
Target Audience: Early childhood educators, families and communities in Virginia.
Child Care Aware of Virginia (CCAof VA)
Child Care Aware of Virginia is a community-based network of child care and early education specialists. We deliver services to families, child care professionals and communities, working to increase the accessibility, availability and quality of child care in Virginia.
The Child Study Center (CSC) is a specialty research, service, and training facility devoted to the comprehensive assessment, treatment, prevention, and understanding of problems of childhood and adolescence.
Target Audience: The Child Study Center provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for children and adolescents aged 16 years or younger.
Consultation services that include collaborative, one-on-one coaching to help early childhood teachers and families promote young children’s healthy social-emotional development based on identified needs.
Target Audience: Publicly-funded center- based and school-based birth-to-five programs.
Partnership with Radford University and Lynchburg University to provide coursework to Virginia preservice and in-service teachers pursuing a license and/or endorsement in ECSE.
Target Audience: ECSE teachers with provisional licensure, and other educators seeking ECSE endorsement.
Support Ready Regions and interested child care programs with recruiting and training new assistant teachers through an accelerated 4- week virtual course aligned with CHD 120 – plus provide pathways to continue education and receive competitive employment compensation.
Child care programs in need of assistant teachers; people looking to become employed in child care programs.
Online training courses on the new learning guidelines for children ages birth to five, resulting in a microcredential.
Target Audience: Available to teachers in all birth-to-five settings, with a special focus on family day home and child care educators. Rolling enrollment.
First Steps is a network of agencies and individuals working to support young children and families in the New River Valley.
Target Audience: Professionals and individuals who work to support children, youth and families of the New River Valley.
First Steps– Community Foundation of the New River Valley
The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia is Virginia’s early intervention system for infants and toddlers (age 0-36 months) with disabilities and their families. Early intervention supports and services focus on increasing the child’s participation in family and community activities that are important to the family. In addition, support and services focus on helping parents and other caregivers know how to find ways to help their children learn during everyday activities.
Target Audience: Any infant or toddler in Virginia who isn’t developing as expected or who has a medical condition that can delay typical development is eligible to receive early intervention support and services under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia’s supports and services are available to all eligible children and their families regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
Fellowship program that provides evidence-based literacy support to at-risk Pre-K students to diversify the educator pipeline, and assist fellowship participants in understanding the teacher education and licensure process in Virginia.
Target Audience: VPI and Head Start classrooms of participating local school divisions, and community-based early childhood centers. Currently offered in Northern VA (Metro DC area) and Central Virginia.
OneOp is a grant funded by the US Dept. of Defense and Dept. of Agriculture that provide free, evidence-based, online professional development in both live and on-demand formats. Our team from the University of Illinois produces content focused on young children with disabilities (0-5) and on military-connected students (5-22).
Current Webinar Series:
Sept. 7 from 11-12:30 EST Navigating Early Parenthood and Military Life:
This webinar focuses on strategies for supporting military families facing challenges in family functioning, new parent well-being, and maternal mental health.
Sept. 13 from 11-12:30 EST Conflict Happens: Anticipating and Overcoming Challenges:
This webinar discusses how to anticipate conflict, manage, and repair relationships between one’s self, colleagues, and even families when conflict occurs.
Sept. 21 from 11-12:30 EST Managing Bumps in the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IEMCH) Road:
This webinar targets education professionals working with children ages birth-5 years old and their families. The webinar focuses on how attachment relationships are formed, how to promote healthy attachment, and information on how to rebuild and assist families who experience separation.
Sept. 28 from 11-12:30 EST Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Military Life:
This webinar provides an in-depth discussion of perinatal mental health, including postpartum depression (PPD), anxiety, and other mood disorders experienced during pregnancy and the first year after giving birth, and the unique experiences among military families.
All these events offer several types of FREE CE credits for attending the live and on-demand versions of the webinar. More information is available at the links above.
Finally, the course Stop. Look. Ask. Go: Food Allergy Education for the Early Childhood Years (birth to 5) remains open and continues to offer CE credits. This asynchronous course was created and hosted by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research at Northwestern University, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, and (in small part) OneOp.
Strengthen the skills of early childhood professional development providers to deliver high quality education, training, and technical assistance.
Target Audience: Early childhood professional development providers, and higher education staff.
Economic development project specifically targeted toward workforce development.
Target Audience: Business and organizational leaders in the 21 localities of Southwest Virginia.
Low-to-no cost comprehensive birth to five curriculum option. For two initial groups of up to 2,000 classrooms, includes all guides and activities, a set of high-quality children’s books and targeted and customized professional development support, including direct coaching.
Target Audience: Publicly-funded early childhood programs in Virginia. Cohort enrollment required for full materials and PD support. Online materials and PD tools available to all publicly-funded early childhood programs in Virginia.
Provide professional development, technical assistance, and resources to educators providing services to young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and to families raising and supporting young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Target Audience: School divisions providing special education services to young children Autism Spectrum Disorder and families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Alliance speaks up for family child care businesses at the local, state, and national levels.
Target Audience: Virginia Family Child Care Programs
The Virginia Child Care Association advocates for the needs of licensed and private early childhood education and school-age programs.
Target Audience: Virginia Child Care Centers
VCU conducts an annual needs assessment for the Head Start Collaboration office that examines the relationships Head Start grantees have with state and community partners.
Target Audience: Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
Virginia’s Community Colleges offer the lowest tuition rates in the state with flexible pathways to fit school into life with personal guidance from dedicated professors.
Target Audience: Open to individuals pursuing a post secondary associates degree or certification.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides nutritious meals and snacks that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons. Participating institutions receive reimbursement by serving these nutritious meals to eligible individuals who are enrolled for care at participating child and adult care centers. CACFP also provides meals and snacks to children and youth who participate in afterschool care programs or reside in emergency shelters.
Target Audience: Child Care Centers, Head Start Centers, Outside School Hours Care Centers, Adult Care Centers, Emergency Shelters, & Family Day Care Homes.
VECF serves as Virginia’s public-private partner in building strategic and sustained focus on the healthy development and school readiness of our youngest children. VECF is the non-partisan steward of Virginia’s promise for early childhood success, working in tandem with diverse stakeholders to ensure equitable opportunities for all families with young children to thrive.
Target Audience: State and local legislative and community leaders, families and educators.
Improve the quality of care and education that infants and toddlers receive in child day centers and family day homes, by supporting success within VQB5, increasing provider education and competency, and increasing the use of practices to promote social and emotional development of infants and toddlers.
Target Audience: Child care and family day homes with children under three, prioritizing supports for publicly-funded infant and toddler programs participating in VQB5.
Voices for Virginia’s Children champions public policies and legislation that achieve positive and equitable outcomes for young people. Voices for Viringia’s Children are particularly focused on children whose needs are often overlooked, concentrating our efforts on policies in the areas of early childhood, foster care and adoption, health and mental health, and family economic security.
Target Audience: Virginia’s children, youth and families.
*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. https://www.doe.virginia.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/43020/638143159456770000)
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, www.vcpd.net; an online newsletter, Pointers for PD Providers; and quarterly meetings with opportunities for training and collaborating with colleagues.
Learn more at www.vcpd.net
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.
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.