Early Childhood Professional Development

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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

Transportation - Child Safety Restraint Systems

Child Care

Early Childhood Special Education

Virginia Special Education Professional Development Links

Professional Standards

Recommended Practices

Read more about: K-12 Special Education Technical Assistance and Professional Development