Recommended Websites

The following websites are ones selected by staff from the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). They have been chosen because they contain a wealth of information and resources for various VPI+ audiences - teachers, coaches, administrators, and family engagement coordinators. See the list below for the topics of each website and a description of what each contains.

Please note: The links below direct you to a website not associated with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The VDOE does not necessarily endorse the views expressed or the data and facts presented on the external sites.

Head Start: Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning

URL: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching
Recommended for: Teachers, Coaches, Administrators
Key Topic: Effective Practice, Transition to Kindergarten, Practice-Based Coaching
Description: One of Head Startís six new National Centers, Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning contains resources such as in-service suites, videos, and readings.


Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

URL: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/
Recommended for: Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators
Key Topic: Social Emotional Development
Description: CSEFEL is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country. Resources include: Practical Strategies for Teachers, PreSchool Training Modules for teachers, Parent Training Modules, and What Works Briefs.


Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI)

URL: http://challengingbehavior.fmhi.usf.edu/
Recommended for: Teachers, Coaches, Administrators
Key Topic: Social Emotional Development
Description: TACSEI takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates free products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day. Resources include:, Creating Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behavior (TTYC) for teachers, Backpack Connection Series for families, and briefs on the Pyramid Model for administrators.


Head Start: Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

URL: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/family
Recommended for: Administrators, Family Engagement Coordinators
Key Topic: Family Engagement and School Readiness, Father Engagement, Implementing Parenting Progams
Description: One of Head Startís six new National Centers, Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning contains resources such as in-service suites, videos, and readings.


Ready Freddy

URL: http://www.readyfreddy.org/
Recommended for: Teachers, Coaches, Family Engagement Coordinators
Key Topic: Transition to Kindergarten
Description: The Ready Freddy Program includes all of the pieces of a quality transition to school. This website includes an overview of the Ready Freddy Program as well as toolkits and guides for divisions and families to use to develop their own plans for school transition.


Head Start: Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

URL: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/cultural-linguistic
Recommended for: Teachers, Coaches, Administrators
Key Topic: Multicultural Principles, DLL, Immigrant and Refugee Families, Planned Language Approach
Description: One of Head Startís six new National Centers, Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness contains resources such as readings, webinars, and checklists.


Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development Team (VCPD)

URL: http://www.vcpd.net/
Recommended for: Teachers, Coaches, Administrators
Key Topic: Virginia Early Childhood Agencies/Organizations and Professional Development Resources
Description: The VCPD team promotes planning, implementation and evaluation of professional development with the intent to ensure coordination of all early childhood PD in Virginia. The VCPD website includes organized lists of PD resources, national/state organizations, and upcoming conferences to support regions across Virginia coordinating their early childhood professional development efforts.