For Head Start Staff
Training and Professional Development
National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness Coming to Virginia
On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness will conduct a training on Supporting School Readiness among Children Who are Dual Language Learners. The training, hosted by the Virginia Head Start Association, will be held in Manassas, Virginia. Cost is $30 for VAHSA members, $35 for non-VAHSA members. Learn more.
2012 Head Start Professional Development Series
The ACF Region III Head Start Office and T/TA System are excited about several future training events. This series of high-level professional development opportunities is offered to Head Start and Early Head Start managers and administrators to provide you with the best expertise available on the topic of School Readiness and Program Management. The series includes sessions for directors, board members, and fiscal managers, as well as service area coordinators and managers. There is also a series of webinars for new directors and managers, to help provide everything they need to know for a successful transition into Head Start.
Kaplan Professional Development Special
The Kaplan Professional Development team is running a special on any training booked by Feb 29, 2012.
Updates and clarifications regarding Early Childhood Certifications and Endorsements in Virginia -- Virginia Head Start T/TA Center, Nov. 7, 2011 (PDF)
Family Development Credential(FDC) andFamily Development Associate (FDA) Credential:What’s the difference and how do we start? -- VaHSA, Nov. 16, 2011 PPT
Classes, Certificate Programs and Credentials
Child Care Professional Development classes
The Virginia Department of Social Services' Division of Child Care and Development provides child care professional development classes throughout the Commonwealth.
Read More: DSS website
Growing Up WILD training
Growing Up WILD professional development is available
through a national network of state sponsoring organizations.
Educators with the Head Start can receive FREE Growing Up
WILD materials by participating in interactive, hands-on
professional development workshops that are coordinated by
representatives from sponsoring wildlife, natural resource, and
education organizations. Visit the curriculum resources page for more information.
Virginia Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Certificate
Continue your college education! Get an academic certificate approved by the Office of Head Start to meet CDA requirements defined in the Head Start Act for teacher assistants and EHS staff.
CHD 167 course online for VA ECE certificates
If your local community college does not offer CHD 167, you can take it online at Northern Virginia Community College in Summer 2011!
What is the course about?
CDA Theories and Applications: Resource File is about the ways that we assess and interpret children’s progress in key
areas. You will learn how to demonstrate the techniques we use in the classroom,
while connecting them to competencies. This course is designed to create the
resource file/portfolio to be used in a CDA interview, or to seek the alternative
credential for Head Start in Virginia.
CHD 167 will take place online during the
NVCC first eight-week summer semester, May 16 to July 11. Students will use
Blackboard, PowerPoint, and other applications to prepare their competency
statements and resources. This course is required for students who are earning the
alternative credential to the CDA to meet Head Start training requirements.
Why should I take college classes? Because a certificate, degree, or college credits do not expire. For CDA seekers, it is an efficient way of earning training hours and to get
faculty support while making the professional portfolio. The Virginia Child
Care Provider Scholarship is available to help early childhood educators pay
for classes. Apply online for summer by the April 15 deadline. Go to: Northern Virginia Community College website.
2012 Virginia’s Family Development Credentialing Program
In 2006, People Incorporated of Virginia was selected by The Center for Transformative Action (Cornell University) as the coordinator for the national Family Development Credential (FDC) program in Virginia. Virginia joined 17 other states in the FDC network -- Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
FDC-VA/People Incorporated administers the nationally recognized training and credentialing program FDC for front-line workers (paraprofessionals and college graduates) and social service professionals who work with families.
FDC-VA/People Incorporated trains Instructors and Portfolio Advisors from local agencies to teach classes in their communities. Workers from a variety of local agencies, profit/non profit agencies, and private organizations may participate in the classes. The key to the success of FDC is the focus on interagency partnerships.
The centerpiece of the FDC program is the training course, “Empowerment Skills for Family Workers” (see below). This strength-based curriculum provides the professionals working with families the skills and tools to empower families to identify and reach their own goals to obtain a healthy sense of self-reliance. Graduates of the FDC program receive a national recognized Family Development Credential (FDC) from Temple University.
Family Development Associate credential
Would you like to know how to go about receiving your Family Development Associate credential? This credential, developed here in Virginia is a cooperative effort of VAHSA, the State Collaboration Office, the Virginia Department of Labor, and the Head Start Training/Technical Assistance System of ICFI. You can learn all about it in the 12 PDF documents posted here.
Scholarships and Tuition Assistance
Elmore Scholarships -- VaHSA is pleased to announce the Elmore Scholarships -- an educational scholarship opportunity for VaHSA staff and parent members. Read more about it.
The Virginia Child Care Provider Scholarship Program is a tuition assistance program offering current and future child care providers a foundation in the care and development of children. The program, funded through Virginia's share of the federal Child Care and Development Fund, provides assistance for providers to attend courses at Virginia institutions of higher learning. Read More: DSS website