United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

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As the needs of Southwest Virginians change, so too do the best practices for meeting those needs.

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Join us in our fight for our friends and neighbors in Southwest Virginia by exploring the options below.

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United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

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As the needs of Southwest Virginians change, so too do the best practices for meeting those needs.

Research continually shows new best practices for our partners, and continuous professional development is key to success.

The Basics of CLASS

Observations & Assessments

The Basics of CLASS

Foundational training on the basics of CLASS, Virginia's Classroom Assessment Scoring System

Introduction to myTeachstone

Technology

Introduction to myTeachstone

Whitney Caton introduces the professional development resources available through MyTeachstone.

Foundational Overview of CLASS

Observations & Assessments

Foundational Overview of CLASS

A broad overview of CLASS, Virginia's Classroom Assessment Scoring System, hosted by Carolyn Koesters.

Routines and Traditions

Routines and Traditions

Learn to use routines to smoothly transition between activities, multiple settings, and programs with Sherry Barnard.

Creating a Google Account - Example

Creating a Google Account - Example

Sergeant Airborne's step-by-step instructions to create a google/gmail account

Attaching Files to Gmail

Technology

Attaching Files to Gmail

Sergeant Airborne's setp-by-step instructions for attaching files to gmail

Using Google Drive

Using Google Drive

Sergeant Airborne's step-by-step instructions for using Google Drive and Google Docs

Introduction to the Internet

Introduction to the Internet

Billy Bailey (Sergeant Airborne of youtube fame) leads an introductory discussion of how to use the Internet.

Technology Skills for Early Childhood Educators and Professionals

Technology

Technology Skills for Early Childhood Educators and Professionals

Audrey Kirk leads a discussion on topics ranging from creating documents to useful websites for Early Childhood Education Professionals.

Inclusion from a Parent's Perspective with Dr. Kim Austin

Inclusion from a Parent's Perspective with Dr. Kim Austin

What I wish my child's preschool teacher knew regarding inclusion - a special needs parent's perspective. Note: the course video begins at the 13:30 mark after some housekeeping regarding other matters.

Childhood Success Online Resources

Childhood Success Online Resources

A rundown of some of the most useful websites and online resources, hosted by the Childhood Success team at United Way of Southwest Virginia

Introduction to ASQ With Jaye Harvey

Observations & Assessments

Introduction to ASQ With Jaye Harvey

Jaye Harvey discusses the importance of Ages & Stages social and emotional screening and the opportunities currently available in that space.

Virginia Heals and Virginia Heals Toolkit

Healthy & Safe Learning Environment

Virginia Heals and Virginia Heals Toolkit

Martin Parker discusses the mission of Virginia HEALS - creating linked systems of care in which children who experience trauma receive coordinated support based on their individual needs.

CACFP - Child and Adult Food Program

CACFP

CACFP - Child and Adult Food Program

CACFP Child and Adult Care Food Program Supervisor Joyce Mason discusses the importance of providing quality nutrition to young children, who typically eat more meals with childcare providers than with their own families.

Jaye Harvey & Tess Salvatore

Jaye Harvey & Tess Salvatore

Jaye Harvey of ASQ and Tess Salvatore of Wonderschool talk about features that can benefit providers in Southwest Virginia

CACFP 101

CACFP

CACFP 101

Patrick Dibert gives a Child and Adult Food Care Program 101 course with the Child Success Team

Self-Care with Carolyn

Self-Care with Carolyn

If you believe you should love your neighbors as yourself, then you must first love yourself. Carolyn Koesters discusses self-care for those who care for others.

Brain Injury Services of SWVA

Physical & Intellectual Development

Brain Injury Services of SWVA

Melissa Barnes of Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia discusses with the Childhood Success Team brain injuries in the early childhood population.

Child Care Resources (CACFP)

Child Care Resources (CACFP)

Patrick Dibert returns with a deeper dive into the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Infant Toddler Connection - Early Intervention Specialists

Infant Toddler Connection - Early Intervention Specialists

In Virginia, early intervention specialists can work with families of children with developmental delays or disabilities during their day-to-day activities, in their own homes.

Flash Freezing Workshop

CACFP

Flash Freezing Workshop

Joyce Mason returns to discuss the benefits of flash freezing fruits and vegetables.

Let's Get Organized with CACFP and ChildSavers

CACFP

Let's Get Organized with CACFP and ChildSavers

Nena Buck of Childsavers goes over simple steps providers can take to keep organized!

Sneaky Vegetables In Your Pasta Sauce

CACFP

Sneaky Vegetables In Your Pasta Sauce

Sneaky Veggies in Your Sauce is an informational video demonstration for Childcare Providers how to make a Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) approved sauce that includes all of the ingredients required to meet an approved meal pattern for...

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