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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: 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 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.
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 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.
Title: TTAC Online
Description: TTAC Online is a community sharing resources to educate students with disabilities.  It is a "go-to" website providing resources, events, and training opportunities.
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: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will offer the Early Childhood Special Eduation (ECSE) Program Administrator Fall Institue. This one-day Institute will be November 14, 2016, in Charlottesville, Virginia from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  The purpose is to deliver targeted technical assistance and professional development to school division leaders who act as the program administrator for ECSE programs.  Since each division is different, this may include administrators, coordinators,...
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: This is the legislation document for the Every Student Succeeds Act passed in December 2015.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
Description: Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus (VPI+) allows the Commonwealth to serve over 13,000 at-risk four-year-olds in new or improved high quality classrooms over four years through the US Department of Education Preschool Development Grant.. The new project is an extension of the existing Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), a state-funded program that currently supports quality preschool programs for approximately 18,000 at-risk four-year-olds in the state. The mission of VPI+ is to tranform its...
Description: The DEC Recommended Practices were developed to provide guidance to practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve the learning outcomes and promote the development of young children, birth through age 5, who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities.
Description: A collection of resources, videos, searchable information and Virginia guidance on inclusion is available on this Inclusion Resource Landing Pad created by the Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center.
Description: The purpose of this policy statement is to set a vision and provide recommendations to States, local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and public and private early childhood programs, from the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Departments), for increasing the inclusion of infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities in high-quality early childhood programs
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: The Every Student Succeeds Act  of 2015 (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015. The new law replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Under ESSA, states will develop new federal accountability systems during the 2016-2017 year, to be implemented the following school year.  Updates on plan progress will be made available on this webpage throughout the development of Virginia’s state plan.
Description: This site provides resources, training, and links to Infant Mental Health endorsement. The goal of Earch Childhood Mental Health of Virginia is to develop of a comprehensive system of care for infant and child mental health serving children birth through age eight and their families/caregivers, which: Engages parents as partners; Provides high quality supports and services to families; Is grounded in developmental knowledge; Includes family and child centered practices and policy & cultural...
Description: IDEA was originally enacted by Congress in 1975 to ensure that children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education, just like other children. The law has been revised many times over the years. The most recent amendments were passed by Congress in December 2004, with final regulations published in August 2006 (Part B for school-aged children) and in September 2011 (Part C, for babies and toddlers). The law has a long, detailed, and powerful...
Description: From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern.
Description: The Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development Team (VCPD) promotes planning, implementation and evaluation of professional development (PD) with the intent to ensure coordination of all early childhood PD in Virginia.
Description: By specifying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions often acquired or exhibited in young children, the Milestones offer a comprehensive reference to consolidate our understanding of young children and what adults can do to support language, learning, and development in order to help reduce inequities in achievement as children mature. Further, the Milestones highlight the essential need for partnerships among families, early childhood programs and services, schools, and the community....
Description: Zero to Three's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families. This section provides links to topics on early development and well-being.