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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.

Three Focused Topics Courses Enrollable for Military-Affiliated Programs

Registered Users Can Now Earn Certificates in Three Focused Topics Courses

Three Focused Topics Courses are now enrollable for registered users: Supporting Children with Challenging Behaviors, Sexual Development & Behavior in Children and Youth, and Trauma-Informed Care in Child Care Settings

Updates to Early Learning Matters Curriculum

Revised Materials Now Available for Preschool Staff

Revisions are being made to some materials in Purdue University's Early Learning Matters Curriculum for Preschool Staff

Virtual Workshop: Addressing COVID-19 Challenges on Young Children and Families

Free Professional Development Workshop on Sept. 30, 2020

Learn tools to address the changes and challenges a health emergency presents to young children and families