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 addition, with Govenor Northam's announcement of a phased reopening for Virginia schools, divisions might be considering how to integrate both tele-intervention and in-person instruction safely.

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 links and 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.

Links from Virginia Department of Education:

Early Childhood Website Supports:

Resources for Instructing Early Childhood Special Education Students during Covid-19 Pandemic

  • Supports for Young Children with Disabilities Matrix: 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 which relate to many of the different activities within the matrix.
  • Tele-intervention Resources on LEADS: List of a variety of curated resources, including articles, webinars, and websites for instructing students through tele-intervention.
  • COVID-19 and Early Childhood Playlist on YouTube (VCU-ACE): 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.
  • Parents and Teachers as Collaborative Partners: Building Learning into Natural Home Routines and Activities Plan & 15 Questions to Help Teachers Help Parents (VCU-ACE): Links to two documents: Building Learning into Natural Home Routines and Activities Plan & 15 Questions to Help Teachers Help Parents
  • Addressing IEP Goals: Matrices and Resources (Florida DOE TATS): On this page, you will find Activity Matrices that are meant to help families related home activities to a child's IEP goals. Teachers are encouraged to help families understand how to embed learning opportunites into the family's daily schedule and routines, especially during virtual learning.
  • Resources About Face Masks:  A series of resources to help children understand and feel comfortable wearing face masks.