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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.


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

The Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Early Childhood in collaboration with the Office of Special Education Instructional Services, is pleased to offer a three-part webinar series titled Best Practices for Assessment of Young Children. The purpose is to deliver targeted technical assistance to school division leaders who are engaged in determining eligibility for special education and related services for children ages two through five. The webinars will be delivered by Marie Ireland, Eligibility and Speech Language Impairment Specialist.

During the three webinars, participants will learn about these best practices in assessing young children to ensure informed decisions are made regarding eligibility for special education and related services. Topics include The Essentials of Eligibility and Evaluation of Young Children (2/19/2020), Identifying Learning Potential and Eliminating Bias when Evaluating Young Children (3/25/2020), and Making Dynamic Assessment Part of Your Evaluation Process (5/13/2020). Registration is required to participate. Resources needed for the webinar will be emailed to those registered. The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be available on request.

Click link in the title for more information and registration links!

Face-to-Face Cancelled – Spring 2020 Early Childhood Coordinators Collaborative Meetings –Rescheduled as Virtual Meeting

The Early Childhood Coordinators Collaborative Spring Meetings have been cancelled. In place of the three live events previously scheduled to take place across the state, the VA Department of Education will now host one virtual meeting for VPI and ECSE Coordinators. The meeting will be held on April 28 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. 

Register in advance for this webinar Your registration for the live meeting will automatically be cancelled and you will need to register for the virtual meeting even if you previously registered for a live event. Registration closes April 24th.  

Office of Early Childhood - COVID 19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This document contains the following: Basic Resources, Closures, Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Expansion of VPI/Mixed Delivery Application for 2020-2021, Food and Nutrition Programs, Learning Resources for Educators and Families, CLASS Observations and Professional Development Planning/Consultations, Monitoring, Teacher Licensure, Preschool Development Grant Birth-Five, and Upcoming Events.


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