NEW PAGE: Improving Inclusive Practices & Outcomes for Preschoolers (IPOP) - Developed by the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TACs), IPOP is a systems change approach to support school divisions in the development, expansion, and/or improvement of inclusive placement opportunities for preschoolers with Individual Education Programs (IEPs). IPOP is designed to help local school divisions meet federal and state mandates requiring young children with disabilities to be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

Improving Inclusive Practices & Outcomes for Preschoolers (IPOP) Flyer for Technical Assistance - Regional Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTACs) are available to assist school divisions and program leaders in building effective systems to improve access and participation for all children within high-quality inclusive learning environments. Click the link to view the TA Flyer and find more information about areas of support.

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Registration is Open! 2023 TechKnowledgy Conference: Empowerment through Inclusive Technology (April 26 & 27 in Glen Allen, VA)
Registration is Open! The Virginia Department of Education’s Assistive Technology Network is hosting the 2023 TechKnowledgy Conference in Glen Allen, VA.  TechKnowledgy is back and we’re celebrating 22+ years of inspiring others!  This two-day conference provides an opportunity to learn new information, practice new skills, engage in Maker’s activities, create Assistive Technology (AT) supports, network, and gather and share resources about assistive and...
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Live Webinar: “Spring Updates: Preparing for a New School Year"
Registration This Early Childhood Special Education Program Administration webinar will provide information for winding down the 2022-2023 school year and gearing up for 2023-2024. The webinar will focus on the VQB5 2023-2024 Proposed Guidelines, state-level early childhood updates, and the presentation of the December 1, 2022 child count and indicator 6 draft data. Because VDOE will be sharing state- and division-level data, the webinar will not be recorded so participants are asked to attend...
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"Introduction to Early Childhood Education for Children with IEPs" (Recorded Webinar, 2/2023)
While the IDEA regulations are the same for early childhood special education as they are for K-12 students, service delivery in early childhood special education is unique. This webinar provides an introductory overview of early childhood education programs, including ECSE, for special education directors and administrators who wish to learn more about early childhood and models for service delivery.
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Save the Date: Building Social-Communication Skills in Young Children with Disabilities (Content Teaching Academy)
The  Building Social-Communication Skills in Young Children with Disabilities is a two-day academy designed for early childhood special education teachers, early childhood teachers, and speech language pathologists who teach preschool aged children with IEPs. It will provide participants with strategies and instructional resources to explicitly teach social-communication skills by focusing on instruction during naturally occurring opportunities as well as providing planned opportunities to...
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Save the Date: Opening Doors - Unlocking Potential: Evolution in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (ODUP)
ODUP 2023 is an in-person event bringing together professionals and parents from across the Commonwealth of Virginia to engage in dialogue, discussion, and learning methods to strengthen academic outcomes for children who are deaf and hard of hearing in order to increase the knwledge and skills of those who can have a positive impact on a student's educational process. The registration deadline is June 6, 2023. Registrations received after this deadline will incur an additional $10 fee. Credit...
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There are six Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTAC) across the Commonwealth of Virginia that serve professionals in their local areas. Want to know who your ECSE Contacts are? Read more iconClick to find out!
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The Readiness Connection, a newsletter for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) professionals from the Virginia Department of Education, is sent out weekly. As we continue to move toward greater unification and shared ownership across agencies and funding streams, this newsletter includes statewide updates as well as program-specific information. Archived Readiness Connection newsletters can be found here.

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