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.  Upcoming:  09/15/14-Challenging Behavior and Child Learning

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.

Early Literacy Resources

PALS:  Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (Activities organized by skill)

CELL:  Center for Early Literacy Learning  (Videos, practice guides, and activities)

Zero to Three:  Early Literacy and Language Tips and Tools (General information, practical strategies, and activities)


Early Math Resources

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Early Childhood Corner (Archived articles on early math instruction)

Early Childhood Mathematics-Promoting Good Beginnings  (NAEYC and NCTM Joint Position Statement)

Important Early Childhood Announcements


>>Save the Date for Creating Connections to Shining Stars 2015<<

Creating Connections to Shining Stars Save-the-Date

E-News You Can Use for Early Childhood

“We have found that emotional and intellectual development cannot be separated; that these two functions come together as the child actively explores the emotional, social, and cognitive challenges at each of these stages.”

-Stanley Greenspan, M.D.


Challenge yourself this school year to plan social-emotional skill instruction as purposefully as instruction on pre-academic skills.  Doing so will provide children the foundation to be successful for the school year and far beyond their preschool years.


  • Print the free Book Nooks available at the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning and use your favorite children’s book to teach these key skills.
  • Check out a Second Step for Early Learning Kit from the T-TAC ODU Library, we have a few available to help get you started!  Each kit includes a daily social skills lesson plan, a home connection component, and access to a variety of online materials.