News, Events, Bulletins
About this VideoThe Administration for Children and Families started a campaign on 7/26 called, "Look Before You Lock" to prevent child deaths related to heat stroke from being left in child care buses and vans.
Guidance & Resources
Early Intervention & Special Education
- Infant & Toddler Specialist Network (Web page)
- SpecialQuest (Web page)
- VDOE Special Education Information (Web page)
- Child Care Emergency Preparedness Training by Save the Children's U.S. Center (Web page)
- Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Providers (PDF)
- Emergency and Disaster Resources (Web page)
- Guidance for Emergency Planning (Web page)
- Save the Children, “A National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters” (2012) (PDF)
- Financial Assistance for Child Care Providers – Virginia’s Child Care Financing Program (Web page)
- Low-Interest Child Care Loans for Centers and Home-based Providers (Web page)
- Twenty-first Century Community Learning Center Grants (Afterschool Care) (Web page)
- VDSS FIPS Codes (PDF)
Health & Safety
- Additional Crib Information for Medical Needs (Web page)
- Early Childhood Mental Health Virginia (Web page)
- Guidelines for Child Care Programs & Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections (Web page)
- Healthy Child Care Virginia (Web page)
- Poison Information (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) (Web page)
- Prevention of Child Abuse (Web page)
- Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome (Web page)
- Product Recalls (Web page)
- Safe Sleep (Web page)
- Strengthening Families: A Guidebook for Early Childhood Programs (Web page)
- The New Crib Standard: Questions and Answers (Web page)
- Virginia Association of Early Childhood Education (Web page)
- Virginia Cross Sector Professional Development Leadership Team (Web page)
- Virginia Partnership for Out of School Time (Web page)
- Virginia School Age Child Care Association (Web page)
Professional Development & Technical Assistance
- CDA Amnesty Renewal Opportunity (Web page)
- Career Lattice 2012 (PDF)
- ChildCare Aware of VIRGINIA (Web page)
- Criteria for Provider Training (PDF)
- Infant & Toddler Specialist Network (Web page)
- Office of Early Childhood Development (Web page)
- Smart Beginnings Partnership Grants (Web page)
- Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI) – Virginia’s Quality Rating and Improvement System for Child Care (Web page)
- Virginia's Community Colleges (Web page)
- What Constitutes A Quality After-School Program? (PDF)
Courses (TIPS, training catalog, online classes)
The TIPS (Training Information for Provider Success) Calendar is for private, non-profit and governmental organizations to list child care provider training in Virginia and Washington D.C.
- Calendar >> (Web page)
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides online professional development opportunities for all child care providers.
- Additional Educational Opportunities (PDF)
- Career Lattice 2012 (PDF)
- Endorsements and Medication Administration Training (PDF)
- Online Classes (PDF)
- Professional Development Catalog (PDF)
- Registration Information (PDF)
- Resources (PDF)
- AgriLife Extension Online Child Care Classes (Web page)
- Better Kid Care Distance Education (Web page)
- CCWA Child Care Training Information (Web page)
- Child Abuse and Neglect Training (Web page)
- Child Care Aware of Virginia Training Academy (Web page)
- Effective Classroom Interactions: Supporting Young Children’s Development (Web page)
- General Breastfeeding Course for Healthcare Professionals - free to VA residents (Web page)
- Using an Anti-Bias Lens to Examine Early Childhood Children’s Books in Your Program (Web page)
- VDH: Guidelines for Supporting Breastfeeding in a Child-Care Setting - Course # 1031941 (Web page)
- VDSS Online Training Courses (Web page)
- Video Based Distance Learning (PDF)
- Virginia Early Intervention Professional Center -- Social Emotional Development of Young Children (Web page)
This is a distance learning, self-study program that allows early childhood professionals to earn training clock hours by completing lessons with children's literature books, or reporting on pre-approved books about early childhood education and child development. The Virginia Department of Social Services' Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development collaborated with the Library of Virginia to place sets of books in each of the 350 public libraries across Virginia.
This initial phase of the Read-A-Book Program focuses on the importance of incorporating children's literature across the curriculum, reading to and with young children daily, understanding early brain development, fostering language and literacy development, and communicating successfully with young children.
The program currently offers two book report options for obtaining clock hours of training credit. Early childhood professionals are encouraged to choose one or both, without repeating the same books. Participants are eligible to receive clock hours of training credit for each option selected and book report submitted to Child Care Aware of Virginia (CCAVA) for grading. The number of training hours awarded depends on the option and book selected, as well as the points earned (from 0-10 hours). Book report materials are available online or via email, free of charge (see below). If participants would like a copy mailed to them, there is a $10.00 fee for postage and handling; participants may use the Order Form found below and mail it to CCAVA with payment. Option 2 assessments must be requested and may be sent via email (free) or USPS mail ($10.00 fee for postage and handling). Grading the completed book reports costs participants $20 per option selected, and the check should accompany the completed book report materials when submitted for grading. (All checks should be made payable to CCAVA.)
For additional information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to CCAVA, VDSS-Distance Learning, 308 Turner Road, Suite A, Richmond, VA 23225.
About the Program
The purpose of this tuition assistance program is to offer current and future child care providers a foundation in the care and development of children. Funded by the federal Child Care and Development Fund, the program allows early educators to attend undergraduate courses at Virginia's accredited colleges.
Courses required for a certificate or degree in the early childhood education field are approved for payment through the Virginia Child Care Provider Scholarship Program (VCCPSP) as funding allows. Maximum allowable benefits are either eight classes or a lifetime ceiling of $3,458.00, whichever comes first. Once enrolled, the ceiling will not change. Scholarships pay for tuition and a technology fee for up to two courses per semester. Expenses for travel, books and activity fees are the responsibility of the student.
The applicant must meet all of the following criteria (Regulation 22 VAC 40-690-30):
- One of the following:
- An employee of a child care program located in Virginia
- A Virginia resident (as defined by the Code of Virginia) who is employed in a non-Virginia child care program
- A Virginia resident who has "declared an intent to become employed in child care."
- Select a program-approved course for which they have not previously received a scholarship.
- Earn an A, B, C or passing grade. VDSS will not award future scholarships to those who recieve a D or failing grade unless they reimburse the state for the tuition.
- Have no past occurrences of:
- Receiving an award without registering for the class
- Withdrawing from an awarded class after the add/drop deadline without completing the class
- Receiving a failing grade for an awarded class
The program does not reimburse college students. Colleges are paid directly. If a student does pay for a course, it is their responsibility to make sure the college will reimburse them. The program will notify college business offices of any VCCPSP awards.
If there are any changes in plans regarding an award, students must submit a Course Change Form to VCCPSP by the end of the drop/add period.
How to Apply
- Apply for admission at the college of choice.
- At the college, verify domicile status and confirm chosen courses are open and available.
- Complete the Child Care Provider Scholarship Program Application online. If you already attend a community college, include the 'Empl. ID" number on the scholarship application. Write down your User Name and Password and keep them in a safe place for future use.
- Applications must be completed online unless:
- You do not have a personal e-mail address.
- You are applying for a scholarship at a four year college.
You may request a paper application by calling 1-866-636-1608 a minnimum of four weeks before an application deadline. In your voicemail, please include:
- The spelling of your full name.
- Your complete address (including zip code).
- Your phone number (including area code).
Applicants interested in undergraduate courses at a four year college must submit a current paper application to include:
- The college's description of an intended course.
- A list of comparable pre-approved community college course(s).
- This Program pays up to $400 for a course at a four year college.
- Priority will be given to applicants currently employed in the child care field. All others will be processed the week before an application deadline. Incomplete or illegible applications will be returned unprocessed. Applications will not be accepted by fax or e-mail.
- Applications must be received during the established application period:
- Spring Semester (October 15 - December 1)
- Summer Semester (March 15 - April 15)
- Fall Semester (June 15 - August 1)
- Award notifications to those already in the child care field are normally sent by e-mail within three weeks of receipt of an application (regular mail for those without e-mail).
- After receiving a scholarship award, register for the class at the college and provide the award letter and a Grade Release Form.
- One of the following:
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- 00 Cover (PDF)
- 01 Contents (PDF)
- 02 Introduction (PDF)
- 03 Health, Safety & Nutrition Practices (PDF)
- 04 Understanding Child Growth & Development (PDF)
- 05 Appropriate Child Observation & Assessment (PDF)
- 06 Partnering with Families & Community (PDF)
- 07 Learning Environment (PDF)
- 08 Effective Interactions (PDF)
- 09 Program Management (PDF)
- 10 Teacher Qualifications & Professional Development (PDF)
- 11 References (PDF)
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- 01 Introduction (PDF)
- 02 Policies & Procedures (PDF)
- 03 Getting Started (PDF)
- 04 Health & Safety (PDF)
- 05 Orientation, Training & Staff Development (PDF)
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