Virginia Resources for Early Childhood Education

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
  • The Early Childhood section of VDOE’s website offers information on Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), school readiness, Early Reading First program, and Even Start Family Literacy Program.
  • Guidelines for the VPI application (pdf)
  • Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric and Planning Tool (pdf) & ADA compliant version (Word)
  • The Early Childhood section of VDOE's website also summarizes Part B (Early Childhood Special Education) and Part C (Early Intervention) of IDEA services that are provided for children from birth to Kindergarten age who qualify according to state and federal law. Local school divisions’ Special Education Department contact information is listed.
Virginia Head Start & Early Intervention
  • The Virginia Head Start Association is dedicated to advocacy, training, and providing support that enhances and fosters growth for people who impact the lives of children and families.
Virginia Child Care
  • The Virginia Child Care website provides easy-to-find child care information and materials created specifically for parents, providers and the general public. The site will serve as the online hub for the Virginia Department of Social Services in its effort to promote the importance of health and safety standards, as well as the benefits of quality child care in Virginia. 
Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia 
  • The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth through age two who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development. The support and services focus on increasing the child’s participation in family and community activities and helping parents know how to find ways to help the child learn during everyday activities. The support and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center
The Arc of Virginia
  • The Arc of Virginia is a statewide advocacy organization for people with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities, and their families. The Early Intervention section provides information about services for infants and toddlers.
Early Childhood Mental Health
Virginia Department of Social Services
  • The Virginia Department of Social Services website provides information on the programs, activities, and resources that VDSS uses to help individuals triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect, achieve self-sufficiency and shape strong futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network
Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development Team
  • The Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development Team promotes planning, development, implementation and evaluation of professional development to ensure coordination of all early childhood professional development 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. This includes but is not limited to infants, toddlers and preschoolers who may experience risk factors for school readiness, economic disadvantages, and cultural and linguistic differences; dual language learners; and young children with disabilities and special health needs. Our members provide professional development to early childhood practitioners who serve children and families in home, school, and community settings.
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation 
  • The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation serves as the convener between public and private sectors to increase efficiencies, encourage innovation and create partnerships. The Foundation acts as the backbone for a statewide network of Smart Beginnings collaborative partnerships that convene community leaders to build the capacity of local communities to create optimal environments for children's growth and development. 

Virginia’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TAC)
  • The mission of Virginia’s T/TAC is to improve educational opportunities and contribute to the success of children and youth with disabilities (birth – 22 years). T/TAC services increase the capacity of schools, school personnel, service providers, and families to meet the needs of children and youth.