DATE: August 18, 2017
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Early Childhood Education Leaders Collaborative Institutes

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in collaboration with the Head Start Collaboration Office will offer the Early Childhood Education Leaders Collaborative Institutes.  The purpose of these Institutes is to deliver targeted technical assistance and professional development to leaders in early childhood programs in the educational arena.  This includes:

The Institutes will focus on building and leading high-quality early childhood inclusive programs.  Specifically, participants will:

Three Institutes will be repeated throughout the state.  Participants will be assigned to an Institute location based on the Department of Education Superintendent’s Regions.  The dates, locations, and designated participants for each Institute are as follows:

The VDOE will assume the cost of registration, breakfast, and lunch. Space is limited; therefore, the following individuals are designated to register and attend:

If more than one person shares the designated role, it is the responsibility of the team to determine who will attend.  Further, it is the responsibility of those who attend to work with team members not in attendance and share information and resources following the event.

Registration – Each individual planning to attend is to register him- or herself.  Please do not register another person.  The Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at George Mason University will manage registration.  Registration closes on October 6, 2017.  Please only register at the Institute designated for your program location.  (Click on ‘Registration’ to register.  Click on ‘Region’ to be sure you are registering for the correct location.)

Time - Registration and continental breakfast is 8:45-9:30 a.m.  The conference is 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Institute Materials - Participant materials and agenda will be provided at the Institutes.                               

Meals - A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided at the Institutes.

Travel Expenses – School divisions are encouraged to cover participants’ travel expenses (e.g., mileage, lodging if applicable) based on state travel rates.  The VDOE will not provide reimbursement for participants’ travel expenses.

For questions regarding online registration, please contact Dionne Paul-Wiggins, Administrative Support, or Kim Sopko, LEADS Coordinator, at the TTAC at George Mason, by email at or or by telephone at (703) 993-4496.

For questions related to Early Childhood Special Education participation contact Dawn Hendricks, Early Childhood Special Education Specialist at; (804) 225-2675.  For questions related to VPI or VPI+ participation contact Mark Allan, Early Childhood Education Project Manager, at; (804) 225-3665.  For questions related to Head Start participation contact Aleta Lawson, Director – Head Start Collaboration Office, at; (804) 726-7468.