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.

Important Update! Indicator 7 and Indicator 12 with Special Covid-19 Instructions

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and resulting school closures, the instructions for Indicators 7 and 12 have been modified to reflect special considerations and directions for completing these indicators. The modified instructions are provided here for Indicator 7 and Indicator 12 and are also posted on the VA Department of Education website. Please remember, you can find resources to support completion of Indicators 7 and Indicator 12.

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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. 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 (Recording available by request), Identifying Learning Potential and Eliminating Bias when Evaluating Young Children (5/13/2020), and Making Dynamic Assessment Part of Your Evaluation Process (6/2/2020). 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.

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NEW WEBINAR! Two-Part Webinar Series: Supporting Young Children with Disabilities and their Families through Tele-Intervention

This two-part webinar series from the VA Department of Education provides an overview of using tele-intervention during this time of social distancing to support young children with disabilities and their families. Many teachers are now supporting families through tele-intervention (or what may also be called telepractice or telehealth) by providing coaching to parents using technology.  This is an approach that many teachers have not experienced before and may require tips and strategies as they use new technology, but more importantly, support families by listening; helping them establish a sense of safety, security, and normalcy; and addressing their needs through resources, strategies, and coaching.

The webinars are for administrators, teachers, and related services personnel. The first webinar provides a brief overview of system requirements, how to plan a tele-intervention visit, and the parts of a virtual visit.  The second webinar focuses on providing a tele-intervention visit and strategies to coach parents and provide support.

Online Chat: Cups and Conversation (Early Childhood)

On Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m., every other week beginning on April 22, pour yourself a cup of your morning beverage of choice and join colleagues from across the state to chat about how you are supporting families through the COVID-19 crisis. Because the VDOE is implementing new security protocols for video and audio communication, registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining in the chat.

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New Resource: Supporting Students Who Receive Early Childhood Special Education Services during COVID19

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 Department of Education and the Training and Technical Assistance Centers have developed a list of curated resources covering a variety of areas germane to young children with disabilities and their families. The lists are not exhaustive but do provide a set of resources specifically selected to assist parents, teachers, and administrators who support a young child with a disability.  Teachers and administrators may want to utilize or highlight selected resources for a parent to support their child during this time.

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Readiness Connection Newsletter Sign-Up

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.

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