The Communities of Learning (CoL) will deliver targeted technical assistance and professional development to leaders in early childhood education programs.
The online CoL will focus on building and maintaining high-quality early childhood inclusive programs.

Webinar: Fundamentals of Early Childhood Special Education Administration

8/11/2020: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will offer the Fundamentals of Early Childhood Special Education Administration webinar. The webinar is specifically designed for ECSE administrators who are new to their role and will provide an overview of the early childhood system and key elements related to implementing quality programs for preschool children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Specifically, the webinar will provide an overview of:

  • Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education programs;
  • The VDOE guidance regarding inclusion of children with disabilities and resources to support increasing and improving inclusive practices;
  • Indicators related to Early Childhood, including Indicator 6 (Preschool Placement), Indicator 7 (Child Outcomes), and Indicator 12 (Transition from Part C to Part B); and
  • Advancing Effective Interactions and Instruction


New eWorkshop: Best Practices for Assessment of Young Children: Three-Part Recorded Webinar Series

The VDOE offered a three-part webinar series titled Best Practices for Assessment of Young Children. The webinar series was previously recorded.

During these three webinars, participants will learn about best practices in assessing young children to ensure informed decisions are made regarding eligibility for special education and related services. The three webinars topics are "The Essentials of Eligibility and Evaluation of Young Children", "Identifying Learning Potential and Eliminating Bias when Evaluating Young Children", and "Making Dynamic Assessment Part of Your Evaluation Process.


Recorded Webinar: Eligibility Evaluation Considerations During COVID-19

The VDOE originally offered this webinar on June 16th. This recorded webinar provides targeted technical assistance to school division leaders who are engaged in determining eligibility for special education and related services. This includes eligibility of young children and those referred from Early Intervention. This webinar discusses factors to consider when completing evaluations during COVID-19 and provides an outline of the evaluation process, potential data sources, and best practices. This information will support teams with evaluation components, and to conceivably gather a sufficient and valid body of evidence to determine eligibility.

New Resources! Supporting Students Who Receive Early Childhood Special Education Services during COVID19 and Tele-Intervention Resources

In an effort to share the best available information, the Virginia Department of Education and the Training and Technical Assistance Centers have developed an updated list of curated links and resources for Supporting Students Who Receive Early Childhood Special Education Services during COVID19. Administrators might also want to encourage providers to look at resources specific to Tele-Intervention, including a variety of learning formats including websites, articles, and webinars.


Online Chat: Cups and Conversation (Early Childhood)

On Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m., every other week beginning on April 22, pour yourself a cup of your morning beverage of choice and join colleagues from across the state to chat about how you are supporting families through the COVID-19 crisis. Because the VDOE is implementing new security protocols for video and audio communication, registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining in the chat.




Readiness Connection Newsletter Sign-Up

The first issue of Readiness Connection, a newsletter for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) professionals from the Virginia Department of Education, has been released! As we move toward greater unification and shared ownership across agencies and funding streams, this newsletter will be issued monthly and will include statewide updates as well as program-specific information. To ensure you receive each issue, sign up here to receive monthly updates from VDOE on early childhood news and updates.

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