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New Program Management Lesson for Managers

A new lesson highlights program staffing schedules

A new lesson focused on helping program managers to develop and implement staffing schedules that are supportive of children, staff, and families has been added to the Program Management course in the Management Track.

Foundational Updates: Safe Environments

Updates streamline our direct care Safe Environments courses

The Safe Environments course across all four direct care tracks: Infant & Toddler (IT), Preschool (PS), School-Age (SA), and Family Child Care (FCC) has been updated to include new content and activities to help direct care professionals provide safe environments for children, families, and staff.

2021 Q3 Newsletter

Latest updates to Foundational and Focused Topics courses, research, and resources

Check out our recently updated content, new guidance on using Competency Reflections, and research regarding teacher well-being and the importance of play.

Foundational Updates: Cognitive Development

New content available in the Cognitive Development course

The Cognitive Development course in the Infant & Toddler, Preschool and School-Age tracks has been updated to include additional information to support direct care staff’s understanding of cognition and how to support thinking skills across development.

2021 Q2 Newsletter

Latest Updates, New Research, and Resources for School-Age Providers

Updates across select VLS courses include Adverse Childhood Experiences, updated USDA Dietary Guidelines, multicultural literature, and subsidy supports. Plus new research on ECE teacher wellbeing, inequities in health before birth, and more.

Celebrate the Month of the Military Child this April

Review ways to support military families

This April, review Lesson 5 of the Family Engagement Course:, Strengthening and Supporting Military Families and Families Facing Challenges to ensure that you are prepared to support military families.

NAEYC Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Week of the Young Child

WOYC Festivities Kickoff Saturday, April 10

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child in your program by creating opportunities for families to engage in their child’s learning and development.

2021 Q1 Newsletter

A New Focused Topics Course is Now Available

Check out our new Focused Topics course, Using the VLS: Coaching to Enhance Practice, as well as learn more about new research from the field.

New Focused Topics Course on Coaching Released

Using the VLS: Coaching to Enhance Practice is Available Now

The six lessons within this course serve to introduce coaches or Training & Curriculum Specialists to the content and use of the Virtual Lab School, including initial onboarding, intentional goal setting, and effectively coaching professionals across their career.

2020 Q4 Newsletter

Over 480,000 Professional Development Hours Completed in 2020

The Q4 newsletter details the release of two new courses, the ability for users to enroll and earn certificates in three Focused Topics courses, updates to the Early Learning Matters curriculum, and other research pertaining to child care and early education.