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) - Online Webinars

IFEL children

Online Webinars

The following webinars will be available through the Institute for Early Learning. Please follow the links below for webinar descriptions and to register. For more information, please call 703-324-3044.

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How to participate in OFC online webinars

In response to current health and safety concerns around group gatherings, the Office for Children has transitioned many of its professional development offerings to a webinar format using the GoToWebinar platform. For many early care and education professionals, active participation and engagement in webinars may be new. To help our participants get the most benefit out of our webinar classes, we have created two short webinar presentations that focus on technical assistance questions and challenges around several topics, including registration and participation in a webinar class.

For English, select from the Introduction to GoToWebinar for Computers and Android Devices or Computers and Apple Devices. For Spanish, select from the Introducción al GoToWebinar: Computadoras y Aparatos de Apple or Computadoras y Aparatos de Android. You can watch the webinar as many time as you would like. Please be aware there is no training credit for viewing or attending this technical assistance webinar.

Click on the webinar link above and follow the instruction in GoTo Meeting to register so you can hear and view the webinar.


September 2022 WEBINARS

Introduction to Mindfulness 

A gentle introduction to mindfulness for accessing the deep wisdom, well-being, and wholeness that reside within each of us.  We will talk about why mindfulness is important now and how it relates to our work with children and families.
CDA Area: 3
CLASS Support 
Domain(s):
Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Emotional Support, Pre-K: Emotional Support 
Dimension(s): Infant: Relational Climate, Toddler: Positive Climate, Pre-K: Positive Climate
Wednesday, September 14
1 - 2 p.m.
Register Here! 

VA-ITSN Building Relationships with Children 

Warm, positive relationships are the foundation of healthy child development.  Participants will be provided concrete, easy-to-implement strategies to create and maintain positive relationships with children.  These strategies will support children with building the social-emotional skills that are needed to successfully interact with people and the world around them.
Please note: If you have already participated in this webinar and received training credit on September 10, you will not receive credit again.
CDA Area: 3
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Emotional and Behavioral Support
Dimension(s): Infant: Relational Climate, Toddler: Positive Climate and Regard for Child Perspective
Wednesday, September 14
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Register Here! 

The Joy of Music 

Discover how music and movement help a young child learn. 
CDA Area: 2
CLASS Support 
Domain(s):
 Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Engaged Support for Learning, Pre-K: Instructional Support
Dimension(s):Infant: Facilitated Exploration, Toddler: Facilitation of Learning and Development, Pre-K: Concept Development
Thursday, September 15
7 - 8 p.m.
Register Here! 

Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards: Mathematics 

Learn about the new Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards including supportive strategies related to comparing quantities, understanding number relationships, geometric reasoning, patterning, and measuring.
CDA Area: 8
CLASS Support 
Domain(s):
Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Engaged Support for Learning, Pre-K: Instructional Support 
Dimension(s): Infant: Facilitated Exploration, Toddler: Facilitation of Learning and Development, Pre-K: Concept Development
Tuesday, September 20
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Register Here! 

VA-ITSN Positive Interactions: Helping Toddlers Succeed

Daily interactions can greatly impact toddler growth and development. Join us as we identify and explore positive interactions and the influence they have on toddlers and their success.
Please note: If you have already participated in this webinar and received training credit, you will not receive credit again.
CDA Area: 3
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): Toddler: Emotional and Behavioral Support for learning AND Engaged Support for Learning
Dimension(s): Toddler: ALL Positive Climate, Teachers Sensitivity and Regard for Child Perspective and Facilitation of Learning and Developments, Quality of Feedback, and Language Modeling 
Wednesday, September 21
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Register Here! 

VA-ITSN Collaborating with Families to Address Challenging Behaviors 

Building strong relationships between early childhood educators and families is important in supporting children’s development. During this webinar, educators will explore communication techniques and strategies to build partnerships with families that promote consistency between early learning environments and home.  
CDA Area: 4
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Emotional and Behavioral Support
Dimension(s): Infant: Relational Climate, Toddler: Positive Climate and Regard for Child Perspective
Thursday, September 22
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Register Here! 

Small Group Time – Engineering 

Discover the many Benefits of including Small Group instruction in your program. What it is, how to manage, and ideas will be covered. 
CDA Area: 2
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Pre-K: Emotional Support, Instructional Support
Dimension(s): Pre-K: Language Modeling, Quality Feedback
Thursday, September 22
7 - 8 p.m.
Register Here! 

VA-ITSN Collaborating with Families to Address Challenging Behaviors  

Building strong relationships between early childhood educators and families is important in supporting children’s development. During this webinar, educators will explore communication techniques and strategies to build partnerships with families that promote consistency between early learning environments and home.  
Please note: If you have already participated in this webinar and received training credit on September 22, you will not receive credit again.
CDA Area: 4
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Emotional and Behavioral Support
Dimension(s): Infant: Relational Climate, Toddler: Positive Climate and Regard for Child Perspective
Saturday, September 24
11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Register Here!  

Words Count:  Guiding Young Children Toward Culturally Responsive Practice 

Clarify your understanding of issues and terminology that influence children’s relationships with others.  Explore children’s stories as tools to inspire and support related conversations. 
Please note: If you have already participated in this webinar and received training credit, you will not receive credit again.
CDA Area: 3
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Toddler: Emotional and Behavioral Support, Pre-K: Emotional Support and Classroom Organization
Dimension(s): Toddler: All Dimensions in this Domain, Pre-K: All Dimensions in these Domains
Tuesday, September 27
7 - 8 p.m.
Register Here! 

Introduction to Mindfulness  

A gentle introduction to mindfulness for accessing the deep wisdom, well-being, and wholeness that reside within each of us.  We will talk about why mindfulness is important now and how it relates to our work with children and families. 
Please note: If you have already participated in this webinar and received training credit on September 14, you will not receive credit again 
CDA Area: 3
CLASS Support 
Domain(s):

Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Emotional Support, Pre-K: Emotional Support 
Dimension(s): Infant: Relational Climate, Toddler: Positive Climate, Pre-K: Positive Climate
Wednesday, September 28
1 - 2 p.m.
Register Here! 

Small Group Time – Math 

Discover the many benefits of including Math Experiences to Small Group instruction in your program. What it is, how to manage it, and ideas will be covered. 
CDA Area: 2
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Pre-K: Emotional Support, Instructional Support
Dimension(s): Pre-K: Language Modeling, Quality Feedback
Thursday, September 29
7 - 8 p.m.
Register Here! 

Small Group Time – Math 

Discover the many benefits of including Math Experiences to Small Group instruction in your program. What it is, how to manage it, and ideas will be covered. 
CDA Area: 2
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Pre-K: Emotional Support, Instructional Support
Dimension(s): Pre-K: Language Modeling, Quality Feedback
Thursday, September 29
7 - 8 p.m.
Register Here! 
October 2022 WEBINARS

VA-ITSN Positive Interactions: Helping Toddlers Succeed 

Daily interactions can greatly impact toddler growth and development. This training will identify and explore positive interactions and the influence they have on toddlers and their success.
CDA Area: 3
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): Toddler: Emotional and Behavioral Support, Engaged Support for Learning
Dimension(s): Toddler: Teachers Sensitivity and Regard for Child Perspective, Facilitation of Learning and Development, Quality of Feedback, and Language Modeling 
Saturday, October 1
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register Here! 

Benefits of Small-Group Time 

Discover the many benefits of including Small Group instruction in your program. What it is, how to manage it, and ideas will be covered.
CDA Area: 2
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Pre-K: Emotional Support, Instructional Support 
Dimension(s): Pre-K: Language Modeling, Quality Feedback
Monday, October 3
7 - 8 p.m.
Register Here!

Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards: Fine Arts 

Learn about the new Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards including supportive strategies that promote expressing ideas through movement and dance, music, drama, and visual arts media.
CDA Area: 8
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): Infant:  Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Engaged Support for Learning, Pre-K: Classroom Organization 
Dimension(s): Infant: Facilitated Exploration, Toddler: Facilitation of Learning and Development, Pre-K: Instructional Learning Formats
Tuesday, October 4
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Register Here! 

Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards - Social Emotional Development 

Join a four-part series on AREA TWO: SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT (SED) of the Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards (VA ELDS). Sessions will include an overview and the three sub areas: Positive Self-Concept, Emotional Competence, and Interacting with Others. There are four 1-hour virtual ZOOM meetings and six hours of extended learning for a total of up to 10 participation hours.
CDA Area: 3
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Infant:  Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Emotional and Behavioral Support, Pre-K: Emotional Support
Dimension(s): Infant: Relational Climate, Toddler: Teacher Sensitivity, Pre-K: Regard for Student Perspective
Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 26 and November 2
1- 2 p.m. 
Register Here! 

The Benefits of Messy Play 

Discover how messy play experiences engage sensory exploration and provide a rich language experience for young children.
Please note: If you participated in this webinar and received training credit, you will not receive credit again.
CDA Area: 2
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Engaged Support for Learning, Pre-K: Instructional Support
Dimension(s): Infant: Facilitated Exploration, Toddler: Facilitation of Learning and Development, Pre-K: Concept Development
Thursday, October 6
7 - 8 p.m. 
Register Here! 

Who We Are! Children with Special Needs Overview – Part 1 

In part 1, we will discuss and explore an overview of children with Downs Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. We will explore ways to include them in our programs and ways to make the environment accessible to all.
CDA Area: 3
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Engaged Support for Learning, Pre-K: Instructional Support
Dimension(s): Infant: Facilitated Exploration, Toddler: Facilitation of Learning and Development, Pre-K: Concept Development
Monday, October 10
7 - 8 p.m. 
Register Here!

VA-ITSN Creating Safe Sleep Environments 

Prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by following the Safe Sleep guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Child Care America, and other national organizations.     
Please note: If you participated in this webinar and received training credit, you will not receive credit again.
CDA Area: 1
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Infant: Responsive Caregiving
Dimension(s): Infant: Teacher Sensitivity (TS)
Thursday, October 13
6 - 8 p.m.
Register Here! 

Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards: Physical Development 

Learn about the new Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards including supportive strategies that promote using senses and developing gross and fine motor skills.
CDA Area: 8
CLASS Support 
Domain(s):  
Infant:  Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Engaged Support for Learning, Pre-K: Classroom Organization 
Dimension(s): Infant: Facilitated Exploration, Toddler: Facilitation of Learning and Development, Pre-K: Instructional Learning Formats
Thursday, October 13
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Register Here! 

Who We Are! Children with Special Needs Overview – Part 2 

In part 2, we will discuss and explore an overview of children with Autism. We will explore ways to include them in our programs and ways to make the environment accessible to all.
CDA Area: 3
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Engaged Support for Learning, Pre-K: Instructional Support
Dimension(s): Infant: Facilitated Exploration, Toddler: Facilitation of Learning and Development, Pre-K: Concept Development
Monday, October 17
7 - 8 p.m. 
Register Here! 

Let's Talk: Strategies for Promoting Equity in Early Childhood Environments (1.5 hours)  

Find out about specific strategies you can use to support children as they experience issues of fairness, bias, and prejudice.  Discover children’s books that promote awareness, inclusion, and a sense of belonging.
CDA Area: 3
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Toddler: Emotional and Behavioral Support;  Pre-K: Emotional Support and Classroom Organization
Dimension(s): Toddler: All Dimensions in this Domain, Pre-K: All Dimensions in these Domains
Tuesday, October 18
7 - 8:30 p.m. 
Register Here! 

Sensory Challenges 

Explore ways to accommodate children who have sensory challenges in your program. Understanding their needs will help you design an environment that will make them feel safe and ready to explore.  
CDA Area: 3
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Engaged Support for Learning, Pre-K: Instructional Support
Dimension(s): Infant: Facilitated Exploration, Toddler: Facilitation of Learning and Development, Pre-K: Concept Development
Thursday, October 20
7 - 8 p.m. 
Register Here! 

VA-ITSN Creating Safe Sleep Environments 

Prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by following the Safe Sleep guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Child Care America, and other national organizations.     
Please note: If you participated in this webinar and received training credit, you will not receive credit again.
CDA Area: 1
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Infant: Responsive Caregiving
Dimension(s): Infant: Teacher Sensitivity 
Saturday, October 22
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Register Here! 

Who We Are! Children with Special Needs Overview – Part 3 

In part 3, we will discuss and explore an overview of children who are deaf or blind as well as other disabilities. We will explore ways to include them in our programs and practices to make the environment accessible.
CDA Area: 3
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Engaged Support for Learning, Pre-K: Instructional Support
Dimension(s): Infant: Facilitated Exploration, Toddler: Facilitation of Learning and Development, Pre-K: Concept Development
Monday, October 24
7 - 8 p.m. 
Register Here! 

Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards: Mathematics 

Learn about the new Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards including supportive strategies related to comparing quantities, understanding number relationships, geometric reasoning, patterning, and measuring.
Please note: If you have already participated in this webinar and received training credit, you will not receive credit again.
CDA Area: 8
CLASS Support 
Domain(s): 
Infant: Responsive Caregiving, Toddler: Engaged Support for Learning, Pre-K: Instructional Support 
Dimension(s): Infant: Facilitated Exploration, Toddler: Facilitation of Learning and Development, Pre-K: Concept Development
Tuesday, October 25
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Register Here! 

CDA Subject Areas

1. Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
2. Advancing children's physical and intellectual development
3. Supporting children's social and emotional development
4. Building productive relationships with families
5. Managing an effective program
6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
7. Observing and recording children's behavior
8. Understanding principles of child development and learning

 

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