Recommended Websites

The following websites contain a wealth of information and resources for early childhood educators, program leaders, and families.

Head Start: Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL)

Key Topic: Effective practice, transition to kindergarten, practice-based coaching

NCECDTL promotes evidence-based teaching  practices that are culturally and linguistically responsive and lead to positive child outcomes across early childhood programs.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

Key Topic: Social-emotional development

CSEFEL is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of children birth to age 5. Resources include preschool teacher training modules, parent training modules, and “What Works” briefs.

Ready Freddy

Key Topic: Transition to kindergarten

The Ready Freddy Program includes all of the pieces of a quality transition to school. This website includes an overview program, as well as toolkits for divisions and families to use in developing their own plans for school transition.

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI)

Key Topic: Social-emotional development

TACSEI promote positive social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities. Resources include “Creating Teaching Tools for Young Children” with challenging behavior (TTYC), the “Backpack Connection Series” for families, and briefs on the pyramid model for administrators.

Head Start: Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (CPFCE)

Key Topic: Family engagement and school readiness, father engagement, implementing parenting programs.

CPFCE supports family well-being, effective family and community engagement, and children’s school readiness, including transitions to kindergarten.

Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development Team (VCPD)

Key Topic: Virginia early childhood agencies/organizations and professional development resources.

 The VCPD team promotes planning, implementation and evaluation of professional development with the intent to ensure coordination of all early childhood PD in Virginia. The VCPD website includes organized lists of PD resources, national/state organizations, and upcoming conferences.

Head Start: Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

Key Topic: Multicultural principles, DLL, immigrant and refugee families, planned language approach

This center provides resources to help ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate services for all children birth to 5. These resources can also help staff provide high quality services for children who are dual language learners (DLLs).

Please note: Links on these pages direct you to websites not associated with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The VDOE does not necessarily endorse the views expressed or the data and facts presented on the external sites.