Online Learning Opportunities

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)

NAEYC and NCTM Joint Position Statement:

Early Childhood Mathematics-Promoting Good Beginnings

Important Early Childhood Announcements

Birth to 5:  Watch Me Thrive!
  • Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.  Click here for resources that address the importance of developmental and behavioral screening, how to talk to parents, where to go for help, and how to select the most appropriate screening tool for the population served.
 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 (revised 2013).