Virginia Beach GrowSmart offers many exciting professional development opportunities for our childcare and early education providers. From facilitating partnerships with external PD providers to offering homegrown workshops, GrowSmart can help you and your staff get valuable training and earn your required CEU’s (continuing education units). If you don’t see what you’re looking for on this site, contact us to share your professional development needs.
GrowSmart has partnered with
Children's Harbor to provide a professional development series to Virginia Beach early childhood educators! The series will feature many different speakers, covering a wide-range of topics including, "Engaging Environments" and "Language and Literacy." Classes will be held on Saturday mornings from 9am - 11am at the Advanced Technology Center, located on Tidewater Community College’s Virginia Beach campus. Sessions are free to Virginia Beach providers, but space is limited.
Please pre-register with Children's Harbor by calling (757) 399-1337. All sessions are offered free-of-charge to Virginia Beach providers.
View 2017-18 Calendar.
CSEFEL is focused on promoting the social-emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age five. To support this goal, the Center has developed a conceptual model of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s social-emotional competence and preventing and addressing challenging behaviors. Simply, the goal of CSEFEL is to strengthen the capacity of child care programs to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children. Professional development opportunities are available and open to both center-based and licensed family child care providers.
The Planning Council at 622-9268 for more information
Square One offers free online, audio/web, and in-person training and professional development for early childhood educators in South Hampton Roads. Square One is Southeastern Virginia’s regional public-private partnership devoted to school readiness and healthy children.
Visit Square One’s
website to find upcoming training events. Or call: (757) 270-5656.
The Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development (VCPD) “promotes planning, implementation and evaluation of professional development with the intent to ensure coordination of all early childhood PD in Virginia.” (VCPD website)
Find information on trainings, conferences, and other early childhood professional development opportunities in our region and across the Commonwealth, visit the
VCPD website or contact VCPD Eastern Region Consortium representative Suzanne Rakes at
The Planning Council is a community planning organization that has been serving Virginia and Maryland for over 70 years. The Planning Council focuses on planning, developing, and managing human service needs within the community. One of these needs is to provide high-quality online and in-person training for early childhood educators.
For a current schedule of classroom and self-study training for childcare providers in Virginia, visit
The Planning Council’s website or call the Norfolk office at: (757) 622-9268.
Virginia Beach GrowSmart strives to ensure that Virginia Beach children enter kindergarten both ready and enthusiastic to learn. GrowSmart, in partnership with
Virginia Beach City Public Schools, the
Virginia Beach Public Library,
YMCA-Early Discoveries, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation and area preschool providers, has developed a Kindergarten Transition Plan that outlines strategies for families, schools and the community to help children transition successfully from preschool to kindergarten. We offer professional development workshops, kindergarten readiness materials, instructional tools and family engagement opportunities.
Previous series have utilized administrators from the VB Public Schools, the YMCA and
Square One to facilitate interactive trainings. Special guests have also been brought in to provide training on various topics. For example, Dr. Jason Downer from Dr. Pianta’s office at UVA held two training sessions for teachers and providers. Dr. Anne Corwin, also known as "the parenting doctor", held a training using her
Pocket Full of Feelings kit focusing on the social and emotional development of young children. One of the newer kindergarten transitions trainings was provided to parents. This training was facilitated by kindergarten teachers and provided parents with the knowledge and tools to easily and effectively work with their children to ensure success in kindergarten.
Please visit our
Kindergarten Transitions page to learn about upcoming trainings and to download materials from previous kindergarten transitions workshops.
: Bringing together City, Schools, and the Community for
a common mission.
GrowSmart’s mission is to promote and improve the
healthy development, school readiness, and reading
proficiency of young children, ages 0-8, in Virginia
This site was designed to provide information and resources for Virginia Beach parents, caregivers,and teachers of young children, ages 0-8.
The site is also intended for our community stakeholders who wish to find out more about the City of Virginia Beach’s early learning efforts and how you can get involved.
Address: 4525 Main Street Suite 700 Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 385-0144
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