Early Childhood Professional Development
In the field of early childhood education, continual professional development is critical. Research is always discovering new and effective strategies, and the needs of children and families are always changing.
Early Childhood Education – The Impact of Professional Development
Teachers are an essential ingredient in children's success -- in school and in life. When we invest in teachers' professional development (PD), not only do teachers benefit, children also benefit as a result. In the video: Early Childhood Education – The Impact of Professional Development, Virginia teachers receiving enhanced PD reflect on their professional growth and children’s outcomes, and they share words of encouragement to fellow teachers.
Early Childhood Professional Development
Early Childhood Workshop Suites
In partnership with the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at the University of Virginia, VDOE is helping education leaders to make data-driven decisions that support teachers and provide high-quality learning experiences for young children through the Advancing Effective Interactions and Instruction (AEII) initiative. The AEII Early Childhood Professional Development Workshop Suites are a collection of one-hour, multi-media learning modules and related resources that provide effective best practices to improve early childhood equality, access and impact. Currently five workshop suites are available:
- Supporting Self-Regulation Through Games
- Encouraging Children's Early Writing
- Teaching Math Through Games
- Supporting Social problem Solving (SPS)
- Promoting Friendship Skills
General Professional Development Resources
- Guidelines for the Prevention of Suspension and Expulsion of Young Children: Supporting Children with Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings (Word)
- PD Essentials – PD Essentials promotes planning, implementation and evaluation of professional development with the intent to ensure coordination of all early childhood professional development in Virginia
- Education Resources Information Center
- Early Childhood Collective
- What Works Clearinghouse
- National Center for Children in Poverty
Transportation - Child Safety Restraint Systems
- Child Care VA – Find training opportunities for child care providers in both classroom-based and distance learning formats.
- ChildCare Aware of America – Child Care Resource
- ChildCare Aware of Virginia
- Professional Development Resources for Child Care Providers (Word)
Early Childhood Special Education
Virginia Special Education Professional Development Links
- Leadership in Effective and Developmentally-Appropriate Services in Early Childhood Special Education (LEADS) – This website supports the Virginia ECSE leaders responsible for administrative oversight of local ECSE programs
- VDOE’s TTAC Online – Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTAC) provides resources, events and online training to support the education of individuals with disabilities
- Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Education (VCU-ACE) – The VCU-ACE improves services and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by promoting the implementation of research-based practices in schools and the community through training, technical assistance, research and collaboration.
- Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development – This site provides information, resources and a broad range of professional development efforts specifically designed for early interventionists, students, families, faculty and all committed to learning of young children
- Virginia’s Competencies of Early Childhood Professionals (PDF) – This document provides the core body of knowledge and skills professionals need in order to support optimal growth and learning of children from birth to kindergarten.
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Specialty Sets for Specific Practice Areas – The CEC Knowledge and Skill Sets delineate the essential knowledge and skills that beginning special education professionals must possess to be ready to begin their practice in specific areas.
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Division of Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Personnel Standards Alignment – This website provide a crosswalk of these organizations’ standards for personnel serving infants, young children and their families.
- More Special Education Professional Development Standards & Practices
- Division for Early Childhood, Enhancing Services for Young Children with Disabilities Recommended Practices – The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children provides guidance to practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve the learning outcomes and to promote the development of young children, birth through age five, who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities. The practices, in addition to other beneficial resources to implement the practices are provided.
- National Professional Development Center in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Evidence-Based Practices – The NPDC in ASD provides a list of interventions researchers have shown to be effective for students of various ages with ASD. The page contains the list of practices, as well as research briefs that describe how to implement each practice.
Read more about: K-12 Special Education Technical Assistance and Professional Development