Division for Early Childhood: This is the parent chapter for Virginia-DEC! The Division for Early Childhood was started in 1973 by a group of volunteers who cared deeply about the development of young children with special needs. DEC is one of 17 divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.


Zero to Three: Early Connections that Last a Lifetime. This organizations works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Their mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. They provide resources surrounding early learning, early development and well being, parenting, and policy and advocacy.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Learn the Signs. Act Early. Learn the Signs. Act Early. campaign from the CDC provides information about developmental milestones for birth to five years olds. They have a great checklist on the milestones, videos depicting examples, resources for parents and professionals, and MORE!


Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL): The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. The Promoting Social and Emotional Competence training modules available on this site provide evidence-based practices for promoting children's social and emotional development and preventing challenging behaviors. They also have family tools!


Office of Head Start: Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children & Families). Mission: to provide timely information and learning opportunities relevant to the Head Start and Early Head Start community, and to serve as a comprehensive resource for anyone involved in early childhood education. This website provides information related to the OHS priorities, policies, and programs. It also provides tips and promising practices on many early childcare topics including child development, education, and health. 


The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER):  The organization conducts academic research to inform policy supporting high-quality, early education for all young children.

This websites provides research-based information and technical assistance geared towards policymakers, researchers, and educators. They also publish the "State of Preschool Yearbooks."


Virginia Groups/Organizations

Talks on Tuesdays: From the VA-EI Professional Development Center

Talks on Tuesdays are professional development opportunities that will be 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!

TTAC Online: You can find many resources and professional development resources and opportunities on this searchable website.


LEADS: This website is focused for ECSE Administrators or those responsible for ECSE programs. You can find professional development resources and events on this searchable website.

Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center: The Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center was created as part of Virginia’s Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) and is maintained by the Integrated Training Collaborative and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. You will find: Information Related to EI, Blog, Online Modules, EI Certification Requirements, Mini Lessons, Resources for Families and MORE!


Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development: The VCPD promotes planning, implementation and evaluation of professional development with the intent to ensure coordination of all early childhood PD in Virginia. VCPD team members are committed to working together to build a unified system to support all families and their children (prenatal to age 5) in Virginia.


Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus (VPI+): The VPI+ website has lots of great videos that can be used for professional development! Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus (VPI+) VPI+ (formally VPI) is a state-funded program that currently supports quality preschool programs for approximately 18,000 at-risk four-year-olds in the state. The mission of VPI+ is to transform its existing State Preschool Program into a national exemplar through adoption of effective best practices to improve quality, access and impact in high need communities. VPI+ is working to increase preschool enrollment across the Commonwealth, and to develop a develop a state-wide infrastructure of supports that include curriculum, professional development, and assessment. Eleven school divisions were selected to participate in the VPI+ program across the Commonwealth. This website includes a video clip library and a professional development resource library.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Autism Center for Excellence (ACE): Their mission is to build state-wide capacity to improve outcomes of individuals with ASD by improving the knowledge, skills and understanding of families, educators, and professionals who support someone with a spectrum disorder. They provide resources and videos for parents and practitioners, online courses, and much more professional development!

Early Childhood Mental Health, VA: The Early Childhood Mental Health in VA provides Training, Technical Assistance & Resources for Families, Caregivers and Providers of Children, Birth to Age Eight in Virginia. You can find information about the Infant Mental Health Endorsement here!


Council for Exceptional Children-VA Subdivision: Information on this site includes VA CEC conference information, videos, upcoming events, and the VA CEC journal. The VA CEC chapter hosts an annual conference, publishes a journal: “Research to Practice K-12 Scholarship Journal,” and publishes a newsletter. 

Virginia Department of Education Office of Early Childhood Special Education: The office of Early Childhood Special Education for the Virginia Department of Education provides a description of what Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education. It provides state and national resources.


Virginia Early Childhood Foundation: This website provides information about ‘Smart Beginnings,’ which is a statewide collaboration to share information and efforts about making the most of the early years for Virginia’s children. It also provides recourses and communication tools surrounding early childhood development.


Virginia Head Start: Head Start is a national child development program for children from birth to age 5, which provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development for income-eligible families. As a professional organization, the Virginia Head Start Association is dedicated to advocacy, training and providing support which enhances and fosters growth of our individual members, member agencies, partners and others who impact the lives of children and families.

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