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  • Research & Evidence-Based Practices - The resources provided here are supported by research and evidence. Topics include assessment, child development, curriculum & instruction, family involvement, inclusion, and transition.
  • Superintendent's memo - This page provides superintendent memos specific to Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Administrators and individuals responsible for administrative oversight of local ECSE programs.
  • Updates - This page provides updates specific to Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Administrators and individuals responsible for administrative oversight of local ECSE programs.
  • Laws & Regulations - This page provides laws and regulations focused on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It also provides policy guidance and statements relevant to early childhood special education.
  • State/Federal Organizations - This page provides national and state level initiatives and organizations relevant to early childhood special education.
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Description: This document provides a definition of each of the seven ratings and is to be used when completing the Outcomes Summary Form.
Description: There are numerous studies in early childhood that show that AT can have a positive impact in just a short amount of time, yet research and anecdotal data still show the underutilization of technology. Leverage the ever expanding category of helpful items in the category of assistive technology to help young children with disabilities be included, grow, and learn. We can do this by:• Increasing and/or expanding our understanding of what assistive technology for children ages birth to 5...
Description: The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services recently released a joint statement to set a vision for a stronger partnership between awardees of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C Program. The statement provides an overview and highlights the existing opportunities for partnerships between the two programs. This statement also provides recommendations to identify...
Description: The POWER (Parent Organizer With Educational Resources) web app provides parents and families with online resources to answer questions about child development, disabilities, community services, Special Education, diploma options in Virginia and transition to life after high school.  The questions and potential resources are separated into age levels: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School and High School. This project is a collaborative effort between the Parent Resource...
Description: The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) related to Preschool Least Restrictive Environment. The letter reaffirms the position of the U.S. Department of Education (ED or Department) that all young children with disabilities should have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs where they are provided with individualized and appropriate supports to enable them to meet high expectations. The guidance provided in the DCL covers:...
Description: Resources Within Reason is a bi-monthly, one-way listserv. Each issue focuses on a topic of interest to individuals who support young children and their families, with emphasis on children with or at risk for disabilities. All featured resources are free. Join the listserv or send an email to dec@dec-sped.org and ask to be added to the list-serv. The January 2017 issue focuses on The Evidence for Inclusion and provides definitions of inclusion, research facts and barriers to inclusion. The...
Description: This video describes and illustrates the three child outcomes adopted by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and reported on by all state early intervention (Part C) and preschool special education (Part B/619) programs as part of their Annual Performance Report (APR). This video offers a consistent way to describe the outcome areas across programs and states. It can be used to provide an overview to the three outcomes for professional development and training, orienting...
Description: This resource links to a webshop available on TTAC Online that explores evidence-based practices for supporting the social and emotional development of preschoolers.   More and more children are coming to preschool without having learned how to interact with peers and how to manage their feelings. Challenging behaviors are being seen more often and preschoolers are being suspended and expelled from school at unprecedented numbers. Because children are coming to preschool without the...
Description: BULLYING BASICS in Early Childhood: Bullying can emerge in early childhood. If you don’t know that bullying happens among young children, you won’t see it or stop it. If you don’t stop bullying, it will grow and spread. When early childhood educators are prepared, they can nip bullying in the bud. Find out how to stop bullying before it starts.
Description: This resource landing pad highlights research, policies, and position statements (What Does the Evidence Say?), print materials (Read All About It), videos and DVDs (See for Yourself), and web resources (Find It Online) to provide supports and services that facilitate smooth, seamless transitions into, within, and out of early intervention services. Featured resources are high-quality, readily available, and no-cost or low-cost. A special section (Virginia Guidance) features competencies,...
Description: This document provides an overview of the LEADS website and assists you in understanding the information found under each category.
Description: Included in this VPI+ video clip directory are a series of video clips that have been carefully vetted and selected by staff from the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). Video clips on specific topics can be narrowed down using the categories on the left. Please note: The links below direct you to a website not associated with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The VDOE does not necessarily endorse the views expressed or the data and facts...
Description: Included in this VPI+ Professional Development library are resources that have been carefully vetted and selected by staff from the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). Articles, online learning, web pages, and documents on specific topics can be narrowed down using the categories or by searching for a particular keyword. Topics include: Classroom Interactions and Organization Teacher-child interactions (CLASS) Supportive Environments Play-based learning...
Description: Hyperactive, non-compliant, and disruptive behaviors in the classroom are often challenges for early childhood educators, regardless of whether a young child is diagnosed with ADHD or not. Understanding the rationale for and principles of behavior management and self-regulation approaches can help you support positive development for young children with challenging behaviors using evidence-based strategies.  This "Ask the Expert" video is full of information and strategies that you may find...
Description: This webinar is designed to provide Special Education Administrators, Preschool Special Education Coordinators, and others responsible for oversight of Early Childhood Special Education programs an overview of the reporting requirements related to Early Childhood Special Education Settings.
Description: This webinar is designed to provide Special Education Administrators, Preschool Special Education Coordinators, and others responsible for oversight of Early Childhood Special Education programs an overview of the reporting requirements related to Preschool Special Education Settings. This webinar focuses on defining the terminology related to Indicator 6.
Description: This webinar is designed to provide Special Education Administrators, Preschool Special Education Coordinators, and others responsible for oversight of Early Childhood Special Education programs an overview of the reporting requirements related to Early Childhood Special Education Settings. This webinar focuses on elements related to data reporting.
Description: This free 10 minute video explores the value of play, playful inquiry and the role of adults in supporting, advocating for  and investing in children’s play.
Description: The U.S. Department of Education released guidance for fiscal changes and equitable services requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guidance highlights changes to: Title I, Part A within-state allocations; Title I within-district allocations; Title II, Part A allocations; maintenance of effort requirements; and transferability requirements.  The ESSA also makes a number of changes to the equitable services requirements for private school students in Title I and Title...
Description: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are now growing up in environments saturated with a variety of traditional and new technologies, which they are adopting at increasing rates. Although there has been much hope for the educational potential of interactive media for young children, accompanied by fears about their overuse during this crucial period of rapid brain development, research in this area still remains limited. This policy statement reviews the existing literature on television, videos,...
Description: A variety of one hour professional development archived webinars focused on early intervention and early childhood topics.  These are hosted by the Division for Early Childhood and can be purchased $35.00 for non-DEC members; $25.00 for DEC members.
Description: TTAC ONLINE IS: A web-based community linking people and resources to help children and youth with disabilities (birth to 22). Available 24/7 to teachers, other professionals and families. A place to search a wide range of resources by age level, category, disability area, or topic. Categorized into VA Projects, VA Assessments, Disability Info, Resources, Events and Online Training. Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education.
Description: A DaSy resource features short videos (2-3 minutes) describing some of the ways that key stakeholders are using data in their work to support children with disabilities and their families. Hear how important data are to program staff, data managers, coordinators, families, and more. The Perspectives on Data Use videos were part of the 2016 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes conference closing plenary session.
Description: The Department is issuing this guidance to provide State and local educational agencies with information to assist them in meeting their obligations under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.Significant guidance is non-binding and does not create or impose new legal requirements.
Description: This is the Virginia subdvision of the Council for Exceptional Children.  Information on this site includes VA CEC conference information, videos, upcoming events, and the VA CEC journal. Our Mission: The Virginia Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children (VA CEC) has been active since 1958.  We have continued in CEC's mission of excellence by adding local resources for teachers, administrators, parents and other special education professionals.  Resources...
Description: This brief builds on the research review and policy recommendations in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and US Department of Education (DOE) joint policy statement on inclusion. It highlights research relevant to three questions: 1) What are the effects of inclusive preschool on children’s early learning and development? 2) What is known about the quality of inclusive preschool programs? 3) What is known about how to improve the quality of inclusive preschool? In a...
Description: This tool, developed by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, provides an application for determining the accurate educational environment classification. Click on “Virginia” to use the customized tool aligned with Virginia’s data reporting format.  To begin, click on "Decision Tree" in the tool bar. To practice using the tool or to train others, click on Scenarios on the tool bar and then click on Scenario on the dropdown menu in the middle of the screen. This...
Description: This instructional document provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding Indicator 6. It is designed to assist Local Education Agency personnel in accurately collecting and reporting Indicator 6 data.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education has developed an Indicator 6 Decision Tree to assist with reporting each child’s educational environment. This document provides the steps for determining the accurate educational environment classification.
Description: This document provides instructions for Indicator 12.
Description: The DaSy Center is a national technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). DaSy works with states to support IDEA early intervention and early childhood special education state programs in the development or enhancement of coordinated early childhood longitudinal data systems. DaSy provides technical assistance (TA) and resources to state agencies to assist with the development or enhancement of data systems for Part C early...
Description: DaSy’s Communities of Practice (CoPs) offer state Part C and Part B 619 staff an opportunity to share lessons learned and promising practices in their work related to early intervention and preschool special education data and data systems. Through these communities, DaSy hopes to engage states, provide expert facilitation, and develop resources that will benefit both the immediate participants of the CoP and other states that face similar challenges.
Description: The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts academic research to inform policy supporting high-quality, early education for all young children. Such education promotes the physical, cognitive and social development needed for children to succeed in school and later life. NIEER provides independent, research-based analysis and technical assistance to policymakers, journalists, researchers, and educators. NIEER publishes the "State of Preschool Yearbooks."
Description: The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.You can find useful scientifically based resources and videos on this site.  This center, based at Harvard, believes advances in science provide a powerful source of new ideas focused on the early years of life. Founded in 2006, the Center catalyzes local, national, and international innovation in policy and practice focused on...
Description: This is the Virginia Department of Education webpage for information on State Regulations for Special Education Programs.  You can find specific regulations, fast facts, and procedural safeguard information on this site.
Description: This is the legislation document for the Every Student Succeeds Act passed in December 2015.
Description: From Crib to Kindergarten is an interactive wheel that outlines typical child development from 0-60 months of age. The Developmental Wheel can be shared with parents or professionals who may benefit from learning more about development. The Developmental Wheel is free to local educational agencies and may be purchased by other agencies.
Description: The purpose of this letter from the US Department of Education (US DOE) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)  is to reiterate that the least restrictive environment (LRE) requirements in Section 612(a)(5) of the Individuals with Disabilitis Education Act (IDEA) apply to the placement of preschool children with disabilities. 
Description: This policy memorandum states that a Response to Intervention Process cannot be used to delay-deny an evaluation for preschool special eduation services under IDEA. 
Description: The US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs provided this letter of guidance  August 1, 2016 to clarify that the failure to consider and provide for needed behavioral supports through the IEP process is likely to result in a child not receiving a meaningful educational benefit or FAPE. In addition, a failure to make behavioral supports available throughout a continuum of placements, including in a regular education setting, could result in an inappropriately...
Description: Both the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) recognize the critical role of family engagement in promoting children’s success in early childhood systems and programs. As such, both agencies have developed research-based family engagement frameworks to guide the development of effective family engagement policies and practices: HHS’s Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework and ED’s Dual Capacity-Building Framework for...
Description: The vision of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (hereafter known as The Departments) is that 1) all young children will have adults in their lives who are well-informed on how to use technology to support learning at various ages; and 2) all young children will have opportunities to learn, explore, play, and communicate through a multitude of approaches, including the use of technology.  The purpose of this policy brief is to:...
Description: The purpose of this document published in October 2016 is to assist early childhood programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)—Part B section 611 (Grants to States), Part B section 619 (Preschool Grants), and Part C (Grants for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities)—with addressing privacy and confidentiality questions.  The frequently asked questions include general IDEA and FERPA privacy and confidentiality provisions, as well as information about...
Description: This webinar will focus on supporting participation of children with disabilities in high quality inclusive environments through understanding: Federal policies and laws, including IDEA and Head Start Performance Standards, related to providing services and support for young children with disabilities, Evidence-based practices that promote active engagement, participation, and a sense of belonging, and; Each sector's (ED/HHS) role in ensuring young children with disabilities are fully...
Description: This policy brief promotes developmentally appropriate use of technology in homes and early learning settings. It was created by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help those who care for 0-8 year olds make wise decisions about technology use.  It provides four guiding principles for families and early educators, and includes a call to action for researchers and technology developers, highlighting topics for further research and...
Description: This U.S. Department of Education document provides non-regulatory guidance to help ensure young children from birth to third-grade get the strong start they need to achieve success in school and life. It provides a comprehensive look at how the nation's new education law supports our youngest learners. 
Description: This is a web-based toolkit to assist in identification of specific practices and strategies around transition in early childhood.Practices are defined as key elements of transition planning that are broad and global in nature and can be implemented in ways that reflect a shared understanding of the intent of the practice and are regularly and consistently implemented across staff and programs. Strategies are defined as specific program or classroom activities used to implement a...
Description: This document provides an list of negotiable and nonnegotiable components related to the transition from Part C to Part B.
Description: The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, December 3, 2004, (IDEA ’04) and its implementing federal regulations, October 13, 2006, prompted the need to revise Virginia’s special education regulations. These regulations are effective January 25, 2010. 
Description: Please scroll down on the website link to see Part 1 and Part 2 webinar. These recorded webinars are viewed through Blackboard Collaborate and a link is provided to use Blackboard Collaborate Launcher. Powerpoints and handouts are available. Transition services assist a toddler with a disability and his or her family to experience a smooth and effective transition from the early intervention program under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to early childhood...