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

Making Math Count in Preschool

November 6, 2014 or December 2, 1014

Preschool is the perfect time to provide opportunities for a child to count, compare, and measure as teachers make math an integral and active learning experience during centers and other play-based activities.  This session will highlight strategies for effective, developmentally appropriate math instruction and demonstrate how to embed math standards from Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning throughout the school day.  You will find treasures galore for your classroom and a few ideas to send home to families when you attend this interactive session.  Math for preschool is “hands on” and should be presented so children want to “stay and play” with the materials that you will make and add to your classroom.


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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.