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Courses (TIPS, training catalog, online classes)

TIPS Calendar

The TIPS (Training Information for Provider Success) Calendar is for private, non-profit and governmental organizations to list child care provider training in Virginia and Washington D.C.

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides online professional development opportunities for all child care providers.

Online Classes

Read-A-Book Program

This is a distance learning, self-study program that allows early childhood professionals to earn training clock hours by completing lessons with children's literature books, or reporting on pre-approved books about early childhood education and child development. The Virginia Department of Social Services' Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development collaborated with the Library of Virginia to place sets of books in each of the 350 public libraries across Virginia.

This initial phase of the Read-A-Book Program focuses on the importance of incorporating children's literature across the curriculum, reading to and with young children daily, understanding early brain development, fostering language and literacy development, and communicating successfully with young children.

The program currently offers two book report options for obtaining clock hours of training credit. Early childhood professionals are encouraged to choose one or both, without repeating the same books. Participants are eligible to receive clock hours of training credit for each option selected and book report submitted to Child Care Aware of Virginia (CCAVA) for grading. The number of training hours awarded depends on the option and book selected, as well as the points earned (from 0-10 hours). Book report materials are available online or via email, free of charge (see below). If participants would like a copy mailed to them, there is a $10.00 fee for postage and handling; participants may use the Order Form found below and mail it to CCAVA with payment. Option 2 assessments must be requested and may be sent via email (free) or USPS mail ($10.00 fee for postage and handling). Grading the completed book reports costs participants $20 per option selected, and the check should accompany the completed book report materials when submitted for grading. (All checks should be

made payable to CCAVA.)

For additional information e-mail or write to: Child Care Aware of Virginia, Read-A-Book Program, 302 Turner Road, Suite D, Richmond, VA 23225.

Scholarship Program

About the Program

The purpose of this tuition assistance program is to offer current and future child care providers a foundation in the care and development of children. Funded by the federal Child Care and Development Fund, the program allows early educators to attend undergraduate courses at Virginia's accredited colleges.

Courses that are currently required for a certificate or degree in the early childhood education field are pre-approved for payment through the Virginia Child Care Provider Scholarship Program (VCCPSP) as funding allows. Current maximum allowable benefits are either eight classes or a lifetime award of $3,570.00, whichever comes first. Once enrolled, the maximum award amount will not change; this serves as an incentive to use the scholarship funds before tuition increases. For example, if the original enrollment in the scholarship program was in 2013, the maximum lifetime award amount was $2,988.00 based on the average tuition costs and this maximum award amount will not change. Scholarships pay for tuition and a technology fee for up to two courses per semester. Expenses for travel, books and activity fees are the responsibility of the student.

The program does not reimburse college students: colleges are paid directly. If a student does pay for a course, it is his/her responsibility to make sure the college will reimburse the student. It is the student’s responsibility to submit a copy of the scholarship award letter to the college business office. Without this, the business office will not apply the scholarship award to the student’s account. Award letters will be sent via email when possible, and they will contain the award recipient’s name and address. If there are any changes in plans regarding an award, students must submit a Course/College Change Form to VCCPSP before the end of the college's drop/add period. Please read the Scholarship Program Information sheet (below) for more details on Program eligibility and how to apply.

Guidelines and Forms

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