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.


New! VCU-ACE Early Childhood Website

VCU-ACE is excited to welcome you to their new early childhood website! They have resources for families about raising and supporting young children with ASD. They also have resources for educators and providers as they learn more about ASD and how to use evidence-based practices.

Learning Series: Providing Remote Instruction for Preschoolers with Disabilities: Coaching Parents and Building Partnerships

Recorded Learning Series Part 1: Overview of Adult Learning and its Application to Parent Coaching

Learning Series Part 2 will take place on 10/20, and Learning Series Part 3 will take place on 11/17, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is offering a three-part learning series titled, Providing Remote Instruction for Preschoolers with Disabilities: Coaching Parents and Building Partnerships.  It is targeted to early childhood and early childhood special education teachers, but is also appropriate for administrators, related service personnel, and anyone else who may partner with families and implement coaching strategies to support learning. The series is being led by Dana Childress, Ph.D., Early Intervention Professional Development Consultant. It will focus on the Dathan Rush and M'Lisa Shelden coaching model. The goals are for participants to 1) gain an understanding of the purpose and value of coaching parents, 2) increase knowledge of the Rush and Shelden coaching model, and 3) implement the key characteristics of the coaching model. Participants will be encouraged to complete readings and activities throughout the series that are designed to enhance learning and improve implementation.



November 10 2020, 9:0am to 12:00pm
Registration will close on Nov. 3rd!
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will offer the Leadership in Effective and Developmentally-appropriate Services (LEADS) Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Program Administrator Fall 2020 Institute. The purpose is to deliver targeted technical assistance to school division leaders who act as the program administrator for ECSE programs for preschool children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Since each division is different, this may include directors, coordinators, specialists, lead teachers, or others serving in this capacity. Divisions are strongly encouraged to identify the individual who has primary responsibility for ECSE programs to attend this and future LEADS events. Registration is required to participate.


Supporting Students Who Receive Early Childhood Special Education Services during COVID19 and Tele-Intervention Resources

In an effort to share the best available information, the Virginia Department of Education and the Training and Technical Assistance Centers have developed an updated list of curated links and resources for Supporting Students Who Receive Early Childhood Special Education Services during COVID19. Administrators might also want to encourage providers to look at resources specific to Tele-Intervention, including a variety of learning formats including websites, articles, and webinars.





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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