Child Care Provider Resources


The Virginia Department of Education is now responsible for overseeing child care and early education programs. Information and resources related to child care licensing, the Child Care Subsidy Program, and professional development may be found at

Virginia Preservice Training for Child Care Staff - Virginia's Health and Safety Training

This FREE online course introduces child care staff to important health and safety information and addresses other topics such as child development, inclusion, and Virginia's Subsidy and Licensing Programs. Participants will earn a 10-hour training certificate upon completion and a CEU! Completion of the training is required for all staff who work in a program that participates in Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy Program, but all Virginia child care staff are welcome and strongly encouraged to take this FREE course.Please check with your employer to determine if your program participates in Virginia’s Subsidy Program and you are required to complete the training.

The Virginia Department of Social Services is partnering with Pennsylvania State University's Better Kid Care Program to bring this course to you. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

To access the course, click on “Start Training.” If you already have an account with Better Kid Care, sign in to On-Demand, and select "Virginia Preservice Training for Child Care Staff" at the bottom of the alphabetical listing. If you have not used Better Kid Care's website before, you will need to register as a new user first, and then choose Virginia Preservice Training from the alphabetical listing.

Start Training Frequently Asked Questions Virginia Preservice Training Course Flyer

If you have any issues accessing the training, please contact call the Better Kid Care HELP line at (800) 452-9108.

For more information on the Annual Virginia Health and Safety Update Training for child care staff, please click here.

News, Events, Bulletins


Business Management

Child Development

Early Intervention & Special Education

Emergency Preparedness

Family Engagement


Health & Safety

Look Before You Lock Transportation Safety Message

About this Video

The 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.


Inclusive Practices and Trauma Informed Care

Professional Associations

Professional Development & Technical Assistance



General Training Information

  • TIPS Calendar
    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.
  • Training Catalog
    The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides online professional development opportunities for all child care providers.

Business Management Training for Child Care Leaders

Child Development

Emergency Planning

Expulsion in Child Care

Health and Safety

Homelessness Awareness

Inclusive Practices

Infant and Toddler Care

Preschool-age Care

School-age Care

Scholarship Program

The Virginia Child Care Scholarship Program provides tuition assistance to child care providers to obtain foundational knowledge and skills in the care and development of children at a Virginia college or university. This program is funded by the federal Child Care and Development Fund and allows early educators to take undergraduate courses. To learn more about this program visit

Professional Development Publications

Career Pathways

The purpose of the Career Pathways is to help practitioners plan their training, education and career development goals so they may be well-prepared to educate, nurture and meet the needs of young children and their families.

Choosing Child Care

This publication provides a concise and convenient review for parents to use when searching for child care services.

Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals

This publication is intended to improve the quality of early childhood programs by clearly identifying the skills and knowledge needed by adults who are supporting the growth and development of children from birth to kindergarten. This publication is currently only available in English.

Milestones of Child Development

This is a comprehensive reference guide designed to assist adults working with and caring for young children with emotional, cognitive, and physical needs.

Family Child Care Tool Kit

This publication is designed to assist family child care providers in providing quality care and education to the children they serve. It contains guides and outlines, sample policies and procedures, and forms and checklists. Topic areas are getting started, policies and procedures, health and safety, child development, and resources.

VDSS Endorsements

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