Archived Early Childhood Articles
- Winter 2013: Marks and Scribbles: Encouraging Writing in Early Childhood
- Back to School 2013: Four Tips for Writing Measurable Annual Goals
- Fall 2013: Achieving Positive Outcomes through Meaningful Instruction
- Summer 2013: Free Resources to Support Early Literacy Development
- Spring 2013: Making Books Accessible for All Children
- Winter 2012: Developing Early Literacy Skills Using Environmental Print
- Fall 2012: Developing Early Literacy Skills Through Shared-Reading
- Back to School 2012: Layers of Literacy
- Summer 2012: What to Say When They Play
- Spring 2012: Tools to Encourage Play in Children with Autism
- Winter 2011: Using a Zone Defense in Preschool
- Fall 2011: Embedded Instruction
- Back to School 2011: Using Donor’s Choose.org
- Summer 2011: Making Sense of a Curriculum Framework
- Spring 2011: Writing Standards Based IEPs in Preschool
- Winter 2010: Making Feelings Fun in Preschool
Online Learning Opportunities
One hour webinars addressing key topics in the field of early childhood special education. Upcoming: 09/15/14-Challenging Behavior and Child Learning
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.
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!
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.
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.
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)
NAEYC and NCTM Joint Position Statement:
Important Early Childhood Announcements
Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning have been revised!
- Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: Comprehensive Standards for Four-Year-Olds were revised to include the content areas of visual arts and music. Click here to download the new standards. Those classrooms serving children under four can refer to the Milestones of Child Development.
New TACtic Available: Pete the Cat
- Back by popular demand, this new literature-based curriculum unit has been re-designed and is ready for use in a variety of early childhood settings! Based on the children’s book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, this month-long unit features suggestions for small and large group activities, theme-related learning centers, prompts for read-alouds, parent involvement activities and much more. Helpful tips and forms are included to assist you in embedding student IEP goals throughout your instruction and accommodations for children with special needs accompany each activity. Click here to request a copy.