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Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development


Website: www.vcpd.net


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Overview

The Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development Team (VCPD) promotes planning, development, implementation and evaluation of professional development to ensure coordination of early childhood professional development in Virginia. VCPD team members are committed to working together to build a unified professional development system to support all families and their children (prenatal to age five) in Virginia. This includes but is not limited to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who may experience risk factors for school readiness, economic disadvantages, and/or cultural and linguistic differences; dual language learners; and young children with disabilities and special health needs. VCPD goals are addressed through the efforts of five workgroups (Governance, Quality Assurance, Higher Education, Regional Consortia, and Creating Connections to Shining Stars Conference) and five regional consortia (Central, Eastern, Northern, Piedmont, and Western.)

Major Activities

  • Promote and utilize competencies for early childhood professionals
  • Develop quality assurance mechanisms for early childhood professional development
  • Maximize funding for professional development through cross-sector endeavors
  • Offer cross-sector training and education opportunities including the Creating Connections to Shining Stars Conference and an annual Higher Education Faculty Institute
  • Increase the skills of early childhood professional development providers through website resources and our trainer curriculum, VCPD 101: Becoming an Effective Early Childhood Professional Development Provider

Contact

Dr. Jaye Harvey
VCPD Coordinator
Phone: (540) 588-7358
Email: jhwellons@vcu.edu

Sandy Wilberger
Email: slwilber@vcu.edu