Online Learning Opportunities

Early Childhood Investigations: Webinars

  • Free, engaging webinars that are presented by many of the thought-leaders and experts in the field of early care and education. The presentations explore critical topics that offer new ideas and insights to ECE professionals, especially administrators from early literacy to challenging behavior. All webinars are archived for future use!

The Division for Early Childhood:  Learning DECks

  • One hour webinars addressing key topics in the field of early childhood special education.

Connect: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge Online Modules

  • Current free modules: Embedded Interventions, Transition, Communication for Collaboration, Family-Professional Partnerships, Assistive Technology Interventions, Dialogic Reading Practices, Tiered Instruction. CONNECT Modules are practice-focused instructional resources for faculty and other professional development providers. CONNECT modules are designed using a 5-Step Learning Cycle, an approach for making evidence-based decisions about practice dilemmas, based on the integration of multiple sources of evidence.

Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center:  Talks on Tuesdays

  • Talks on Tuesdays are free professional development opportunities that are held the first Tuesday of each month. These one-hour webinars are designed to provide free online training opportunities related to important topics in early intervention. Topics chosen for the Talks on Tuesdays webinar series are based on feedback from EI practitioners about what they need to know more about!

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention Webinars

  • Archived free webinars include:  Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children: An Intervention Model for the Most Serious Challenging Behaviors, LEAP Preschool: An Inclusive Model of Early Autism Intervention, Moving Right Along Planning Transitions to Prevent Challenging Behavior, and more.

Early Childhood Outcomes Center

  • Free webinars and resources supporting the implementation of high-quality outcome systems (Indicator 7) for early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) programs.

Autism Center for Excellence @ VCU

  • Free, 1 hour, archived webcasts on a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorder.


T-TAC Created Resources


Improving Early Literacy Instruction

  • Learn ten ways to incorporate literacy instruction into your daily routine.

Improving Early Math Instruction

  • Learn ten ways to incorporate math instruction into your daily routine.

Layers of Literacy

  • Make literacy instruction a top priority by adding a literacy “layer” to your room, routine, and instruction.


IEP Development

Four Tips for Writing Measurable Annual Goals in ECSE

  • Use this quick reference guide to ensure you have developed measurable annual goals that target meaningful skills.  A sample goal template is included.

Writing Measurable Performance Criteria in ECSE

  • Keep this excerpt from the “Four Tips” guide above handy for determining measurable performance criteria for annual goals.

Instructional Resources for Early Childhood

Early Literacy Resources

Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL)

-Resources and activities including adaptions for children with disabilities

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

-Position Statement: Learning to Read and Write

-Where We Stand Summary:  Learning to Read and Write

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)

-Activities organized by skill

Reading Rockets

-Pre-K Guide: Learning to Read and Write

Zero to Three

-Early literacy and language tips and tools


 Early Math Resources

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

-Position Statement on Early Childhood Mathematics:  Promoting Good Beginnings

-Where We Stand Summary:  Early Childhood Mathematics

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

-Illuminations:  Lesson plans for teaching math

NRICH: Enriching Mathematics

-Math activities for the early years

U.S. Department of Education:  What Works Clearinghouse

-Teaching Math to Young Children: Practice Guide and Related Resources


Important Early Childhood Announcements

2015-2016 Professional Development Opportunities

We are in the process of finalizing the following PD opportunities for this upcoming school year.  Make sure your information is up-to-date in our mailing list to receive more information as it becomes available.

Making Math Count in Preschool:  A Make-and-Take Learning Opportunity

-Back by popular demand from last year.

-Offered to Region 2 in November and Region 3 in December

Early Literacy for Little Learners:  A Make-and-Take Learning Opportunity

-Offered in Region 2 this Spring

The Early Childhood Behavior Academy

-A year-long professional development opportunity open to ECSE teachers who already have a strong background in strategies to prevent challenging behavior and are prepared to participate in an in-depth learning experience related to working with the 5% of young children who exhibit persistent and severe challenging behavior.  Contact Kristen Ingram for more information.

E-News You Can Use for Early Childhood

*New* Free Online Autism Modules

The FPG Institute of Child Development at UNC has released new Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM).  AFIRM Modules are designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an evidence-based practice with learners with autism from birth to 22 years of age. Supplemental materials and handouts are available for download.


Modules currently available include:  Visual Supports, Time Delay, Reinforcement, Prompting, Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention


Click here to learn more and bookmark the site to check out throughout the year as new modules are created.