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Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will offer the Early Childhood Education Leaders Communities of Learning for Inclusive Programs. The purpose of the Communities of Learning (CoL) is to deliver targeted technical assistance and professional development to leaders in early childhood and will focus on building and maintaining high-quality early childhood inclusive programs. The online CoL will lead participants through The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox: How to Build and Lead a High-Quality...
Description: This conference will focus on promoting and supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices in inclusive settings for infants, toddlers, and young children, both with and without disabilities. Sessions must be aligned with the Division for Early Childhood's Recommended Practices which provide guidance to practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve the learning outcomes and promote the development of young children who have or are at-risk for developmental delays...
Description: The Inclusive Practices webpage has been designed to provide information and resources to assist in the development of school and community-based programs for students with disabilities, especially those with more significant academic and behavior needs to have greater access to inclusive education with their peers in general education settings. Two of the highlights of the site are the posting of the “Inclusive Practice Partnership Project” products and the announcement of the...
Description: In response to the 2018 General Assembly, the VDOE created this plan to help ensure that the VPI, which serves nearly 18,000 at-risk children across 1,300 classrooms, provides a high-quality preschool experience that helps prepare each 4-year-old served for kindergarten. The plan aggregates lessons learned from the JLARC study, Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus implementation, and University of Virginia – Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). As requested by the...
Description: The Let’s Participate! project, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, was designed to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities participate more fully in everyday activities through the use of assistive technology (AT). Let's Partcipate's newly revamped website is chock-full of information on using AT with young children. Build Your Assistive Technology Program Grow Your Assistive Technology Program Please check...
Description: In addition to the Virginia resources, the ECTA website provides many resources to help with delivery of professional development on the COS process. A Guide to the COS Process Training and Technical Assistance Resource - This document provides an overview of many of the resources available on the ECTA Outcomes webpage that can support local, regional or state training and technical assistance on child outcomes. COS Cards - This PDF document provides a print master...
Description: This guide aims to help parents like you understand the flexibility provided to States and school districts in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which amended the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a landmark Federal education law. We know that parents are the most important advocates for their children. Because States and school districts have significant flexibility in how they meet the requirements of the law, you have an opportunity to influence how they use that flexibility to...
Description: Six of Virginia's VPI+ divisions have graciously agreed to open their doors to visitors this school year.  Showcase PreK in VA, is a unique opportunity for selected VPI+ programs to share promising practices in a particular learning focus area and to foster collaborative learning networks across the Commonwealth.  One of the programs, Giles County, will be showcasing "Building Systems for Collaboration and Inclusion of Children with Disabilities." Showcase PreK in VA...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce free, online non-credit courses being offered by the University of Virginia (UVA) in the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019 for teachers teaching Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) students during the 2018-2019 school year.  The Virginia Preschool Initiative teachers in school divisions that have not received federal VPI+ grant funds will have first priority for enrollment in these online courses.  Both courses are...
Description: As part of a broader statewide effort to unify early childhood – including pre-K, Head Start, and child care – Virginia is focusing on measuring and strengthening classroom interactions in 2018-2019. Young learners who benefit from high quality classroom interactions and instruction are more likely to enter kindergarten ready, putting them on track for success in school and beyond. To support pre-K classrooms, the 2018 Virginia General Assembly appropriated funds through the Virginia...
Description: The Teaching Channel now offers a large collection of professional development videos for pre-K teachers to discover new approaches for working with students. Some of the video topics include interactive read aloud, identifying feelings, building emotional literacy, and gathering data.
Description: Sign It! is an innovative new online curriculum for learning American Sign Language (ASL). The instruction is done by professional actors (both deaf and hearing) who are fluent in ASL and is highly interactive, entertaining, and engaging. You can complete the lessons at your own pace. Built-in quizzes provide feedback about how well you are learning the material, and there is ample opportunity for practice. You'll see video vignettes showing conversational ASL, interviews with deaf celebrities,...
Description: Data are from the December 1, 2017 Child Count unless noted otherwise. Child Count by Age Total Children with Individualized Education Programs Ages 2-5 as of December 1, 2017: 19,224 Total Children with Individualized Education Programs Ages 2-5 as of December 1, 2016: 18,504 (Approximately 3.5% increase)   Total Children with Individualized Education Programs Ages 3-5 as of December 1, 2017: 18,296 Total Children with Individualized Education Programs Age 2 as of December 1,...
Description: Scientists and parents know that young children’s brain development is critically important—and researchers learn more every day. Children experience their most profound cognitive, social, and emotional growth in the first eight years of life. Children’s Institute has put together a series to share educational resources and the latest news from experts about young children’s growing brains and how their caregivers can support and nurture this growth. In this series,...
Description: A four decade look at the Section 619 Preschool Program shows a significant increase in children served.  Part B, Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is intended to help ensure that all eligible preschool children with disabilities, aged 3-5 years, receive special education and related services. This growth/comparison chart shows the federal appropriations allocated for Part B Section 619, the number of children served, and the federal dollars allocated per...
Description: This guidance document is designed to assist Virginia’s school divisions and early childhood communities in identifying, developing, and sustaining inclusive opportunities within high-quality early childhood programs for children with disabilities.
Description: Families are the enduring presence in the lives of young children with disabilities. This volume contains activities to support early care and education staff and families in developing positive relationships that support collaboration and family leadership. Session 1: Creating Bright Futures (Building Relationships with Families) Session 2: Listening to Families Session 3: When Concerns Arise: Learning from Families' Experiences Session 4: Getting...
Description: Indicator 6 Instructions: ECSE Settings for Children Birth-Five provides definitions to key vocabulary as well as steps for determining the accurate educational environment classification using the Indicator 6 Decision Tree.  
Description: Three webinars on Indicator 6 provide information on reporting requirements for Early Childhood Special Education Settings for Special Education Administrators, Preschool Special Education Coordinators, and others responsible for oversight of Early Childhood Special Education programs. Understanding Indicator 6: Early Childhood Special Education Settings for Children Ages Birth-Five provides an overview of the reporting requirements. Understanding the Indicator 6 Terminology: Early Childhood...
Description: Indicator 6 Customized Decision Tree Tool provides an application for determining the accurate educational environment classification. To use, click on “Virginia” then "decision tree" 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 tool was developed by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and was demonstrated at the November 14, 2016 LEADS...
Description: This document provides the Special Education Performance Plan Data Profile Self-Assessment Questions for Indicators 5 & 6: Placement in the Least Restrictive Environment, School-age and Preschool.
Description: VDSS is one of the largest Commonwealth agencies, partnering with 120 local departments of social services, along with faith-based and non-profit organizations, to promote the well-being of children and families statewide. We proudly serve alongside 1,650 (state) and 8,500 (local) human services professionals throughout the Social Services System, who ensure that thousands of Virginia's most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them.
Description: Indicator 6: Questions and Answers for Educational Environments and Children Birth-Five 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 word document "619 Placement Data Division Analysis" provides step-by-step directions on how to analyze Early Childood data related to Child Count and Educational Placement. The excel document "Early Childhood Child Count Indicator 6 Excel Template" is a template divisions can use to gather Early Childhood related to Child Count and Educational Placement.  * These documents were shared at the November 14, 2016 LEADS event in the breakout session "Getting to Know Your Division-Level...
Description: On January 25, 2018, the Board of Education approved the proposed Guidelines for the Prevention of Suspension and Expulsion of Young Children:  Supporting Children with Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings. The Department of Education has posted links to the Guidelines for the Prevention of Suspension and Expulsion of Young Children: Supporting Children with Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood Settings on the Division of Instruction's Early Childhood webpage.The primary...
Description: 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. Specifically, participants will: Describe factors that lead to high-quality inclusive preschool programs; Discuss key challenges to implementing inclusive programs; Describe successful division and program strategies, including service...
Description: December 7, 2017: Preschoolers' Self-Regulation and Challenging Behaviors: What We Must Know November 2, 2017: Do's and Don'ts of Using Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Data October 5, 2017: Early Literacy: Fact or Fiction September 7, 2017: 3 Things You Can Do to Start the Year off Right in PreK And more....
Description: Supporting transitions can have positive effects on children and families, and collaboration is key to effective transition. Each brief in this series focuses on a different partnership level: the child and family, early educators, early care and education (ECE) programs, and ECE partners. The Head Start Program Performance Standards outline transition requirements in 1302 Suppart G- Transition Services. Supporting Transitions: Using Child Development as a Guide Supporting Transitions: Early...
Description: In almost every early care and education (ECE) program across the country, there are children who have experienced trauma or who will, during their early childhood, experience traumatic events. Trauma in early childhood takes many forms, including abuse or neglect, witnessing violence, and having prolonged separation from or loss of a parent. An extensive body of research has documented the negative impacts of trauma on young children’s behavior, learning, and other long-term school- and...
Description: Virginia Family Special Education Connection provides a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs to: Access local school system contacts and disability services in your community Explore an abundance of resources, including assistive technology and behavioral supports to help your child succeed. Learn about and plan your child's educational program Understand your legal rights and responsibilities POWER (Parent Organizer with Educational Resources)...
Description: Background and Purpose The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states to report state-level and division-level data on the performance of students with disabilities on several indicators. The IDEA also requires reports on progress toward meeting state targets, as described in the state’s Special Education State Performance Plan.  Virginia did not meet the targets set for Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) placement.  Review of school divisions’ LRE...
Description: What you do and say matters! Explore and practice everyday strategies to develop Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships with a family. These relationships are key to our work with children and families, including the journey toward school readiness. Simulation 1 allows you to practice building bonds with families, beginning with an intake visit. Simulation 2 explores the process of developing and implementing goals with families. Simulation 3 explores using strengths-based attitudes to partner...
Description: FPG's Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and the National Center on Early Development, Teaching, and Learning partnered to host "Collaboration with Families and Other Partners: Essential Features of High Quality Inclusion." This webinar is the third in a series focusing on questions that frequently arise when local early childhood programs collaborate to increase opportunities for high-quality inclusion.
Description: This document provides a variety of resources for supporting young children in immigrant families.  Resources within Reason is a free, one-way listserv provided by the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC). All resources are evidence-based, readily available and free. Resources within Reason may be freely shared or reproduced. Past issues may be accessed at http://www.dec-sped.org/resources-within-reason  Want to receive the istserv directly?...
Description: Reflecting the 2017 National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute's theme of Trusting Partnerships in a Time of Change, leaders from federal agencies and national early childhood professional organizations shared information and insights on early childhood directions and initiatives related to inclusion and to supporting children with disabilities and their families. Participants also asked questions and shared their perspectives with the panelists. FPG's Pamela Winton,...
Description: This site houses the VA Early Intervention Certification Coures and Ongoing Professional Development Courses.
Description: The Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with DeafBlindness (VDBP) will host a special session of modules to help teams of at least one classroom teacher and one paraprofessional or teacher's aide to complete 20 hours of training using modules 1-3. Teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, teachers of students with visual impairments, related service providers, etc. are also encouraged to apply. The “host” will be available to answer questions, support understanding of...
Description: NAEYC compiled these online resources for parents, teachers, and others working with young children about coping with violence and talking with young children about tragedies. Fred Rogers: "Tragic Events" Read timeless wisdom on what to keep in mind when talking to young children about a tragedy from Fred Rogers for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Also see a photo and video clip. From the Today Show: Talking to Children About the Marathon BombingsPsychiatrist Gail Saltz offeres tips on...
Description: NAEYC culled excerpts and articles from their publications and online content about anti-bias approraches, strategies to counter bullying, ways to guide children's behavior, build positive classroom communitites, and support the range of diverse children and families in EC programs.  Resources are listed below Anti-Bias Education: Now online you can read the first chapter of the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves and find self-reflection exercises for...
Description: This report published by Child Trends and the National Center for Children in Poverty in April 2017 describes early childhood trauma and its effects, provides promising strategies for ECE programs and systems to help young children who have experienced trauma, and offers recommendations for state policymakers and other stakeholders looking to support trauma-informed ECE for this vulnerable group.
Description: The Child Outcomes Summary Process: Procedures Specific to Virginia webinar provides guidance from the Virginia Department of Education to school divisions to complete the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process, a team process for summarizing information related to a child’s progress on each of the three child outcome areas for Indicator 7 (i.e. the percentage of preschool children with Individualized Education Programs who demonstrate improved a) positive social-emotional skills, b)...
Description: This document, created in July, 2017 is an ECTA Center resource based on the Joint Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs. It is a tool for States to use in developing policy/guidance in order to implement high-quality inclusive practices across early care and education programs.
Description: This document is a July, 2017 update of ECTA Center's resource that addresses updated guidance in the Dear Colleague Letter on Preschool Least Restrictive Environments published in January, 2017. Worksheets included in this toolkit: Early Childhood Progams Comparison Worksheet Determining Costs Inclusive Worksheet
Description: This online tool was adapted by the ECTA and DaSy Centers in May, 2017 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education's Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs.
Description: This webpage hosted by ECTA, provides a variety of webinars on inclusion: Webinar: Preparing a High-Quality Workforce to Support Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs - September 7, 2016 2:00 to 3:00 ET 2015-2016 Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities Webinar Series Kickoff: Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs (February 11, 2016) Preschool Inclusion: What's the Evidence, What Gets in the Way, and What do High-Quality Programs Look Like? (February 18, 2016) Early...
Description: This CEELO blog post refers to the early childhood provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that enable districts to improve early learning for all children, including young children with disabilities. 
Description: This handout created by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is designed specifically for practitioners to use with parents and caregivers, reinforces the importance of "serve and return" interactions to children's healthy development and breaks them down into five easy steps developed by the Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND). View and download the tool 
Description: This website is the Virginia Subdivision of The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) which exists to promote policies and advance evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families.
Description: The report begins with a concise description of the prekindergarten landscape in America today, authored by Ajay Chaudry and Rupa Ditta. A core group consisting of the four organizers (Dodge, Haskins, Lipsey, and Phillips) and five others (Daphna Bassok, Greg Duncan, Mark Dynarski, Katherine Magnuson, and Chris Weiland) took in all available information, reached consensus on the six major conclusions that form the basis for this report, and drafted the Consensus Statement summarizing the major...
Description: A new technical assistance report, Braiding, Blending, and Layering Funding Sources to Increase Access to Quality Preschool (2017), discusses a number of strategies for braiding, blending or layering various funding sources to provide comprehensive, inclusive early learning programs for young children and their families. It includes interviews with local school district, Head Start, and child care administrators discussing how they are making it work in their programs.