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Description: A tremendous amount of social and emotional development takes place during the early years of a child’s life. The emotional well-being of young children is an important consideration for educators and caregivers supporting early learners (pre-K - grade 3) during this critical time.
Description: The COVID19 national crisis has created conditions in our educational system that no one could have planned for or predicted. Parents are managing their own work from home arrangements, maintaining work schedules out of the home and supporting their own children’s learning while they are out of school. Teachers and school district administrators are all working hard to support children and families during this crisis. In an effort to share the best available information, the Virginia...
Description: In an effort to support Virginia educators, VDOE created the Continuity for Learning (C4L) Task Force consisting of teachers, leaders, and collaborating educational partners across Virginia. The C4L Task Force has prepared Virginia Learns Anywhere (PDF) which reinforces much-needed structure while also empowering individual teachers to support students in learning remotely. The C4L Task Force encourages divisions to develop and implement continuous learning plans in partnership with local...
Description: Provision of  FAPE, Compensatory Education, IEP Meetings, Electronic Signatures, Timelines, Extended School Year (ESY), Equitable Services, And more.....
Description: VDOE works closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and other state and federal authorities to provide the latest information and guidance on COVID-19 to the commonwealth’s public schools. This Web page provides division and building-level administrators, school health coordinators and educators with ready access to up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 and the steps schools should take to safeguard the health of students and staff. Virginia public schools, in...
Description: The essential practices in early intervention for children birth to five years can happen through actual conversation, even conversations that are held virtually. In this webinar, Robin McWilliam, Ph.D. and Cami Stevenson discuss how we can find out who’s in the family’s ecology, what the child and family needs are, develop participation-based child goals and family goals, construct a routines-by-goals matrix, and provide support-based visits—all done remotely.
Description: During this webinar, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak will draw upon attachment science and explore how it is critical that we take action to ensure all children feel safe, seen, soothed, and have secure attachments. We’ll also explore the idea of being a "stress detective” and how to navigate challenges that allow us to reimagine early care and educational practices that emphasize relationships and wholeness, especially for children with diverse abilities and their families. Following...
Description: Radford University and the University of Lynchburg are in a consortium which provides all classes needed for the Birth to 5, children with disabilities license. This license is what is needed for teachers to teach Early Childhood Special Education.  All courses are offered online during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. The Virginia Department of Education funds a grant to these two universities to provide some tuition support for students. Space is limited so interested...
Description: The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. The Promoting Social and Emotional Competence training modules available on this site provide evidence-based practices for promoting children's social and emotional development and preventing challenging behaviors.
Description: In response to the 2018 General Assembly, the VDOE created this plan to help ensure that the VPI, which serves nearly 18,000 at-risk children across 1,300 classrooms, provides a high-quality preschool experience that helps prepare each 4-year-old served for kindergarten. The plan aggregates lessons learned from the JLARC study, Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus implementation, and University of Virginia – Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). As requested by the...
Description: The Social Emotional Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report provides information and guidance for Head Start programs as they select curricula based on the strengths and needs of their participating children and teachers. The curricula reviewed in this report were rated for their implementation in center-based programs, and each includes elements designed to strengthen the teaching and learning of children’s social emotional and approaches to learning skills. This report is intended to...
Description: (The deadline for submitting this application is June 8, 2020.) The Virginia Vision Impairment Training Project-2020 (VA VITP-2020) is a unique professional development opportunity for selected Virginia educators and related service providers who will work with young children (ages 2-6 years) with vision impairments in Virginia public school special education programs during the 2020-2021 school year. This training project is supported with federal IDEA grant funding through the collaboration of...
Description: VCU-ACE is delighted to announce the development of early childhood specific resources for families raising young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  These resources are designed to support families through the challenges and disruptions of COVID-19, as well as support families in understanding topics related to ASD and child development.   From Our House to Yours: A Message to Families In this VCU-ACE video resource, Alicia Hart, VCU-ACE Training Associate and parent...
Description: During these uncertain times, VCU-ACE is working to provide resources for families. Weekly, VCU- ACE will provide an opportunity for parents to join us for Lunch and Learn. An interactive and secure Zoom meeting that will address different topics each week. There will be a short presentation with a time for Q&A.
Description: The C4L Professional Development Guidance document is divided into six categories to assist school division and school level administrative staff in focusing efforts when creating professional development. The intent of including the information in the sections below is to ensure aspects of the daily operations of schools are not overlooked as division personnel tackle the multiple facets of pulling resources together for professional learning. The following sections are a high level overview...
Description: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and resulting school closures, the instructions for Indicators 7 have been modified to reflect special considerations and directions for completing this indicator. The modified instructions are provided here and are also posted on the VA Department of Education website. In addition to the instructions, this resource, Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) Child Outcomes Summary Process: When Teams Can't Meet in Person, from ECTA is...
Description: This is a resource document for teachers to use to help create individualized daily/weekly lessons for students with early childhood aged children with disabilities. The lesson ideas in the sections are divided into functional activities associated with time of day (morning, afternoon, evening). The teacher and parent should work together to select activities that will help meet the needs of the individual student. When possible, links are provided to virtual resources and general resources...
Description: The most effective strategies for addressing challenging behavior are primarily focused on prevention of challenging behavior and promotion of appropriate social behaviors. These strategies include environmental manipulations, providing positive attention and feedback to children, and teaching social skills and emotional competencies. Even when these practices are in place, some young children will engage in challenging behavior. There are several strategies you can use when responding to...
Description: The Template is to be completed by an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher/Therapist and parents/guardians to identify embedded practices, specific to each child’s IEP.
Description: The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is working closely with administration, including the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the COVID-19 Taskforce, local partners, and stakeholders to activate emergency procedures. Child Care Aware, Virginia’s resource and referral agency, assists parents and guardians in finding child care that meets the needs of each family.  In this difficult time, they stand ready to help families...
Description: VECF recognizes both the immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19 on all of us. We are especially concerned for vulnerable families and the providers who partner with them in caring for and supporting young children. We are committed to facilitating Virginia’s successful rapid response, recovery, and transformation of child care solutions. VECF Resources Include: VECF Position Statement - March 25 Child Care & COVID-19: With Crisis Comes Opportunity Smart Beginnings COVID-19...
Description: Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced that four Virginia public media stations will broadcast teacher-led classroom instruction aligned with the Commonwealth’s academic standards. Blue Ridge PBS, VPM, WETA and WHRO Public Media worked closely with the VDOE to create “VA TV Classroom” to provide instruction to students in grades K-10 who are unable to access other distance learning options. “VA TV Classroom” will air instructional content...
Description: On March 23, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam, closed all public and private schools through the end of this school year due to this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. This FAQ document provides answers to commonly asked questions related to the transition from Early Intervention to Early Childhood Special Education. In This FAQ Early Intervention School Closures Transition from EI to ECSE Communicating with Families
Description: As increasing numbers of educators and students move to virtual learning during this time of social distancing due to COVID-19, join representatives from the U.S. Department of Education's Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO) for a webinar to review some frequently asked questions on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and implications for distance learning due to school closures. There is a FERPA & Virtual Learning Webinar on Monday, March 30, 2020. (This webinar is full.)...
Description: #GoOpenVA is a collaborative initiative that enables educational entities throughout Virginia to create, share, and access openly-licensed educational resources (OER, also known as open education resources). OER are free digital materials that can be used or modified to adjust to student needs; they are openly-licensed unhampered by many traditional copyright limitations. GoOpenVA encourages all Virginia educators and learners to create, share, and use digital resources with the end goals of...
Description: This document contains Basic Resources Program Closures Operating an Emergency Child Care Option within a School Setting Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)  Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Expansion and Enhancement of VPI for 2020-2020 Food and Nutrition Programs Learning Resources for Educators and Families CLASS Observations and Professional Development Planning/Consultation VPI Monitoring Preschool Development Grant Birth-Five. Upcoming Events
Description: When general education students and students with special needs play together, it breaks down unconscious biases about disability and fosters relationships. A powerful video from a California school that demonstrates inclusion on the playground.
Description: This manual was developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state system of Training and Technical Assistance Centers to help local school divisions meet federal and state mandates that children with disabilities be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The manual contains 8 modules and extensive resources which provide critical information for understanding, building, supporting, and sustaining inclusive placement opportunities for young children with...
Description: ABSTRACT: This Information Memorandum (IM) highlights requirements in the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) related to the inclusion of children with disabilities and delays. It includes a list of free resources for grantees' use in implementation efforts. BACKGROUND: Head Start and Early Head Start programs are required to ensure that at least 10% of enrollment slots are occupied by children with disabilities. In fact, Head Start's founders and early pioneers recognized that both...
Description: The K-12 Inclusive Practices Guide is an informational resource to support school divisions and parents looking to improve outcomes for students with disabilities by meeting their needs to the maximum extent possible in general education setting.
Description: The VCPD Inclusive Practices Task Force has compiled a list of state and national resources in support of inclusive practices for young children birth to age five. The "VCPD Inclusive Practices State and National Resources November 2019" includes awareness and rationale, evaluation of inclusive programs, high quality inclusive practices, and systems level supports. Websites, books, and technical assistance center resources are described. If you cannot locate it through the link below, search for...
Description: From the big picture to the nitty gritty, learn more about CLASS® (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) from their free resources. This section includes: Webinars Videos Info sheets Research Case studies Crosswalks E-books Tutorials
Description: The Guidelines for Working with Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Virginia Public Schools has been recently revised (9/2019). This announcement went out in the Superintendent's Memo #257 on Friday, October 25, 2019. In addition, the updated Virginia Communication Plan for a Student Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing (Revised 9/2019) has also been posted. These documents may be downloaded and used as needed. Note, the Virginia Communication Plan is also located in Appendix G in the 2019...
Description: Preschool refers to the time before a child is old enough to go to kindergarten or elementary school.  In Virginia, preschoolers who are eligible for special education and related services are entitled to placement in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) alongside their peers without disabilities with supplementary aids and services.  Inclusion in early childhood programs is supported through years of research and reinforced by a strong legal foundation and can set a trajectory for...
Description: Virginia Child Count, 2018* Children with IEPs, Ages Two-Five In 2013, approximately 17,250 children In 2014, approximately 17,350 children In 2015, approximately 17,600 children In 2016, approximately 18,500 children In 2017, approximately 19,200 children In 2018, approximately 19,800 children- An increase of 620 children from 2017 Children with IEPs, by Age Ages 0-2: 1,038 children with IEPs (an increase of 110 children (15%) from 2017) Age 3: 4,309 children with IEPs Age 4: 6,485 children...
Description: Indicator 7: Early Childhood Outcomes Percent of children with IEPs who demonstrate improved: Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships) Acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/ communication and early literacy) Use of appropriate behaviors to meet needs Data are from the 2018-2019 school year. 1. Social-emotional skills a. Of those children who entered the program below age expectations in Outcome, the percent that substantially increased...
Description: Virginia Indicator 6 Data December 1, 2018 Indicator 6: Early Childhood Placement* Indicator 6: Early Childhood Environment for Children with IEPs Target A – Regular early childhood program and receiving the majority of special education and related services in the regular education childhood program; Target B – Separate special education class, separate school, or residential facility State Target for FFY 2017: Target A: Greater or equal to 35% Target B: Less than or equal to 17%...
Description: To support high-quality instruction, improve teacher-child interactions, and improve kindergarten readiness in Virginia’s preschool classrooms, the 2019 Virginia General Assembly appropriated funds to support well-prepared teachers for children served through the Virginia Preschool Initiative. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Provisionally Licensed Teacher Incentive Program. This program provides funding up to...
Description: Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) is pleased to partner with the Virginia Department of Education in implementing the $9.9 million federal Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five awarded to Virginia earlier this year. Through this grant, Virginia seeks to understand the current state of early care and education and what it will take to provide children with quality care, support, and a strong start in life.   Today, critical first steps in this process - a statewide Needs...
Description: Governor Northam Establishes Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness Directs state agencies to develop plan to expand access to early education for all at-risk three- and four-year-olds by 2025   NORFOLK—Governor Ralph Northam on 7/24/2019 signed Executive Directive Four, which establishes the Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness. The Team will be responsible for making recommendations that unify and strengthen Virginia’s early childhood system, including...
Description: RICHMOND (Released June 3, 2019)—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), in consultation with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), will award four grants to local communities that have proposed innovative approaches to expand access to high-quality preschool for at-risk children through partnerships with community-based early childhood programs. This is the fourth cohort of mixed-delivery grantees since 2016. This year, VECF and...
Description: This webinar will provide the background and rationale for using a coaching interaction style in early childhood programs to build the capacity of parents, teachers, and other care providers to promote child learning within the context of everyday routines and activities. In this powerful webinar, the presenters, Dathan Rush and M'Lisa Shelden, will share the evidence-based characteristics of coaching practices and discuss strategies that can be used by all early childhood educators from a...
Description: Ready to learn the ins and outs of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) early intervention? Hearing First just launched the Fundamentals of LSL Learning Series, a new 12-course learning program that will give professionals and parents a solid foundation of knowledge to help children with hearing loss learn to listen and talk. If you're new to LSL or just seeking to up level your learning, this program is for you! The first learning experience of the series starts in July, but you can learn...
Description: The VPI Guidelines have been revised to reflect goals and objectives in Virginia's Plan to Ensure High-Quality Instruction in All Virginia Preschool Initiative Classrooms. The guidelines are also available on the Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/early-childhood/preschool/vpi/index.shtml.  
Description: RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today launched Virginia is for Learners, an initiative to engage students, parents, educators, and employers with the Commonwealth’s efforts to better prepare Virginia students for success in the 21st-century workforce and adapt to a changing world. The initiative includes a public information campaign and a coordinated set of future-focused strategies to accompany recent major changes the Commonwealth has made to public education. “Over the...
Description: CDC scientists published a report on the prevalence and characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 4-year-old children. This report is based on information from the Early Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Full report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summaries.  
Description: This online module from the ECTA Center addresses strategies to engage parents in activities to build their competence and confidence in providing learning opportunities for their child. The module is divided into 4 lessons ranging from 10-15 min. each, and includes short video demonstrations, checks a learner's understanding through a variety of interactive formats, and; includes a family capacity-building checklist for self-assessment or planning home visits.
Description: Parents and caregivers have certain goals in mind when children go to school. Regardless of whether children have disabilities or not, all parents want them to learn, explore, and experience as much as they possibly can. Parents strive for their children to complete their public education, obtain a diploma, and be fully prepared to move on toward their chosen path, whether that is immediate employment, higher education, or something else. In order for your child to achieve these goals, there are...
Description: Foundations of Coaching in Early Childhood: Partnering with Parents and Professionals is a video training resource for early childhood coaches, based on the 5 key characteristics of coaching as outlined by Dathan Rush and M'Lisa Shelden. These characteristics can be applied to a number of early childhood settings. The video features an early interventionist and family, as well as other types of coaches and coachees. (This video series was created by the following partners: Hartford...
Description: These narrated modules were developed by training personnel in Illinois based on content developed by the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The module corresponds to Indicator 7 child outcome - positive social emotional skills and is focused on identifying age-appropriate skills among children zero to three.