Resources for Early Childhood Educators

Growing Minds is a team of former teachers and directors with many years of collective experience in center-, home-, and school-based settings.  We are available for training, consultation, and coaching.  Knowing each program is unique, we draw upon research-based information while partnering with early childhood professionals to generate their own goals, solutions and strategies.  Our goal is that all children, regardless of their family resources, have access to child care and preschool programs that help them thrive.  Group care and education with young children can be both enriching and challenging so we offer a variety of services and supports for caregivers and teachers seeking to develop and advance their skills.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Training Program  – The CDA is a widely recognized, national credential in early childhood education. The ReadyKids CDA is a self-paced study program to obtain the CDA credential.  It is designed for adults working in child care settings who want to further their education but may not choose or have access to online CDA classes, or who do not wish to enroll in community college classes. The CDA meets Head Start standards, and the criteria for Level 2 lead teachers at Virginia Quality programs.  Contact Suzanne McDonald to learn more.

Infant-Toddler Specialist Network  (ITSN) – the ITSN works to increase the knowledge level and skills of those who care for infants and toddlers, whether in family homes or centers.  Services include individualized on-site program supports as well as community-based trainings.  Scholarships, education incentives, and materials are also available.  Contact Jamie Morris or Kathryn Atkins to learn more.

Virginia Quality Technical Assistance and Coaching – the self-paced Virginia Quality system is designed for family-, center- and school-based early care and education programs.  Virginia Quality includes online webinars, group trainings, learning communities, and on-site coaching.  Each level creates an opportunity for growth and mastery based on Virginia’s early childhood standards.  Mini-grants for scholarships and classroom materials are available to participants.  Contact Gail Esterman to learn more.

Directors Groups  – Growing Minds offers quarterly professional development for directors and administrators that focus on human resources and management perspectives.  Sessions may include guest speakers, experiential learning, and networking.  Contact Stephanie Massie to learn more.

Trainings/WorkshopGrowing Minds offers trainings and workshops throughout the year for groups of family-, center- and school-based early childhood educators and caregivers.  Sessions are designed to help educators and caregivers learn the skills needed to provide high-quality activities and interactions that align with early learning standards and best practices.  Contact Gail Esterman to learn more.

Voluntary Registration (Family Child Care) -- Voluntary Registration is a form of regulation available to family day homes (home-based child care providers) that are not required to be licensed.  These homes have four or fewer children in care, at any time, not including the providers own child(ren) and any children who reside in the home. Being registered promotes you as a professional and has additional benefits such as being eligible for the USDA Food Program. ReadyKids can help you with the Voluntary Registration (VR) application process.  After you have your certificate, ReadyKids offers trainings and incentive programs. Contact Suzanne McDonald  to learn more.