Early Childhood Resources

Virginia Child Care Provider Scholarship Program is a tuition assistance program offering current and future child care providers a foundation in the care and development of children. The program, funded through Virginia’s share of the federal Child Care and Development Fund, provides assistance for providers to attend courses at Virginia institutions of higher learning.

Are you looking for creative ideas and support for improving the quality of your infant and toddler program? Would you like practical staff training and resources at no cost to your program?  The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network promotes excellence in early care centers and family care homes by increasing the educational level and skills of those who work with infants and toddlers. Highly trained infant and toddler specialists provide on-site consultation and training throughout the state.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is a nationally recognized early childhood credential awarded to educators who are skilled primary caregivers for young children. To successfully complete the CDA assessment process, child care providers must participate in various forms of training and practical experiences. Contact: Council for Professional Recognition (800) 424-4310

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursement for healthful meals and snacks served to children and adults.  Because CACFP participants’ nutritional needs are supported on a daily basis, the program plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for families.  Looking for a CACFP sponsor? VA CACFP Sponsors

The Afterschool Alliance is working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Afterschool programs are critical to children and families today, yet the need for programs is far from being met.

VPOST, the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School-Time, is a statewide  public-private partnership dedicated to developing and expanding academic, social, emotional, and physical supports and services to school-age children and youth across the Commonwealth of Virginia during the out-of-school time hours – before-school, after-school, vacations periods, and summer.

Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Child Care and Early Childhood Programs

Provides information and resources to help early childhood programs implement recommendations from CDC’s Guidance on Helping Child Care and Early Childhood Programs Respond to Influenza

MAT (Medication Administration Training)
Child care providers who work in licensed or regulated child day programs and who give prescription medications to children are required by the Code of Virginia to satisfactorily complete the MAT course. The MAT course is a competency-based course approved by the Board of Nursing (BON) and Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) to train providers who work in child day programs to safely administer medication to children. The MAT course must be facilitated by an approved MAT Trainer. The courses offered can be taken partially online and in a classroom-based setting.

UntitledThe Virginia Small Business Financing Authority’s Child Care Financing Program (CCFP) is designed to assist Virginia child care providers in obtaining financing for fixed asset needs.  The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority offers direct low-interest rate loans to regulated child care providers for quality enhancement projects or to meet or maintain childcare standards.

VCCAThe Virginia Child Care Association (VCCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and guidance for Virginia’s private, licensed Early Childhood Education community.
VCCA is here to help provide private, licensed Early Childhood Education owners, administrators and directors with up-to-date information and resources to help stay on top of the industry and prepare for future growth and success.


free_buttonOnline class: Better Kid Care Safe Sleep. This is free to anyone and you can get a certificate of completion.

Safe Sleep Practices for Caregivers: Reduce the Risk of SUID

This module focuses on defining SUID and identifying behaviors that affect and reduce the risk of sleep related SUID. Specifically, you’ll learn about the common beliefs and misconceptions about SUID, understand the behaviors that affect the risk of sleep related SUID, and learn to implement safe sleep practices for infants.

1) Access this lesson at: http://extension.psu.edu/youth/betterkidcare
2) Click on: “On Demand Web Lessons” button on the left menu bar
3) Create an account and sign in.
4) Select the title of the lesson: Safe Sleep Practices for Caregivers: Reduce the risk of SUID.

Resources for Child Care Providers on Early Childhood Development (social, emotional, physical and cognitive development)

News You Can Use: Parent Newsletter (Check List for Parents and Providers)

Promoting Healthy Development: Wondering what to expect for your infant or toddler? Need to know where to go for a free developmental screening?