Early Childhood Education Leaders Communities of Learning for Inclusive Programs 2019
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. If you are one of the twelve school divisions participating in the CoL, please click here to access the CoL webpage and resources.
Creating Connections to Shining Stars- Registration Now Open! (July 17-19, 2019 in Roanoke, VA) CCSS is a collaborative effort between Virginia's Part C, Early Intervention and Part B, Preschool Special Education programs. The conference will focus on promoting and supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices in inclusive settings for infants, toddlers, and young children, both with and without disabilities.
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Early Childhood Quality Grant Update
As evident by the large number of Early Childhood Quality Grant applications we received, there is commitment across the state to strengthen the quality of teacher-child interactions in VPI classrooms. This is great news for our at-risk four-year-olds! We received 33 applications for the Early Childhood Quality Grant representing 45 school divisions (several applications were from multiple divisions working together). We greatly appreciate your dedication to improving the quality of your division’s early childhood programs by providing CLASS® reliability training for local observers and CLASS® related professional development.
Unfortunately, funds to support all of the applications are not available at this time. Funding will be provided to 14 of the applicants (representing 23 school divisions). Please know that the VDOE will continue to explore other federal and state funds to deploy to support your early childhood quality improvement efforts. The VDOE is committed to supporting school divisions in this effort and we encourage you to apply for any future opportunities when available.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the development of Indicator 7 Technical Assistance documents, including a newly updated Technical Assistance Document. Indicator 7 measures early childhood outcomes in the areas of social-emotional skills, acquisition and use of knowledge and skills, and behavior to meet needs. In Virginia, school divisions are to use the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process to provide ratings and determine outcomes. Support documents include the COS Summary Form, COS Decision Tree, COS Summary Rating Guide, and COS Process Discussion Prompts.