Useful Websites for Early Childhood

Early Learning Standards and Guidance

Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning

-Learning standards for four-year-olds: To be used in conjunction with an evidence-based curriculum to guide instruction

Virginia’s Milestones of Child Development

-Indicators of development for two and three-year-olds:  A comprehensive reference of learning and development from birth through kindergarten

Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices

-A set of practices that have been shown to result in better outcomes for young children with disabilities, intended as guidance for improving learning outcomes and promoting development

 

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

 

Early Science Resources

Head Start:  Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

-Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories (MESS) guides

Downloadable Tips & Tools

Instructional Content

Improving Early Literacy Instruction T-TAC ODU

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

Improving Early Math Instruction T-TAC ODU

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

Layers of Literacy T-TAC ODU

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

 

Early Learning Standards and Guidance

Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning VDOE

  • Early learning standards for four-year-olds, to be used in conjunction with an evidence-based curriculum to guide instruction

Virginia’s Milestones of Child Development VDSS

  • A comprehensive reference of learning and development from birth through kindergarten

Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices DEC

  • A set of practices that have been shown to result in better outcomes for young children with disabilities, intended as guidance for improving learning outcomes and promoting development

 

IEP Development

Four Tips for Writing Measurable Annual Goals in ECSE T-TAC ODU

  • 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 T-TAC ODU

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

 

Social-Emotional Development

Inventory of Practices for Promoting Social Emotional Competence CSEFEL

  • Includes skills and indicators of practices that promote self-reflection in four general areas: (a) building positive relationships, (b) creating supportive environments, (c) social emotional teaching strategies, and (d)individualized intensive intervention.

 

Program-level

Curriculum Review Rubric and Planning Tool VDOE

  • Identify, evaluate, and choose curricula that are based on scientific research and that align with Virginia’s Foundation Blocks.

Quality Indicators for Responsive Teaching VDOE

  • Reference this checklist that aligns with Virginia’s Foundation blocks in promoting a high quality learning environment.

 

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 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.

 

E-News You Can Use for Early Childhood

Self-Determination in Early Childhood
IMD LogoEmpowering young children to make decisions is an important first step in self-advocacy.  With the goal of being an active participant in the decisions that impact their future, it is important to provide children with disabilities numerous opportunities to gain the skills necessary to feel confident in one day advocating for themselves and their needs and priorities.

 

Providing opportunities in preschool to practice problem solving and choice-making is a critical first step in this lifelong goal.  Virgina’s I’m Determined project has produced a video on this topic, as well as a power point template that can be used to bring a preschooler’s voice into an IEP meeting.

-Resources to teach problem solving skills can be found at the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning site, click on the Problem Solving Steps and Solutions Kit links.

 -In addition to promoting self-determination skills, teaching children to make choices also reduces challenging behavior and noncompliance.  See this What Works Brief for more information.