Office for Children - School Readiness - Institute for Early Learning (IFEL)

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

703-324-3044
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 920
Fairfax, VA 22035

Betsi Closter,
Director

Institute for Early Learning (IFEL)

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The Institute for Early Learning offers professional learning opportunities for educators working with children. Courses, workshops and online sessions provide educational opportunities that support quality learning experiences and quality learning environments for children of all ages. These continuing education classes also help meet professional development requirements for permitting and licensing.

The Institute for Early Learning offers professional learning opportunities through online webinars. View information about each webinar and register for the webinars that are of interest to you.

For more information about online webinars, please call 703-324-3044 or send email

IFEL In-Person Courses

When in-person classes resume, descriptions and registration information will be posted here. For more information, please call 703-324-3044 or send email

Certificate Programs

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The Office for Children offers a 48-hour Introduction to Early Childhood Certificate Program. The four courses in this program explore developmentally appropriate approaches to early education and provide many opportunities for educators to integrate knowledge and strategies into their daily practice.

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The Office for Children offers a 48-hour Social-Emotional Competencies Certificate Program. The four courses in this series explore the importance of establishing nurturing relationships that promote positive social development and foster  effective interactions with young children.

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