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Classes are for adults only - child care is NOT available.

This free class is designed for child care providers. It meets all licensing requirements.

This 6-hour virtual training is open to providers that are already subsidy vendors, and those considering it. It answers more questions than the orientation, and is highly recommended. It is in three parts, and providers have a choice to participate in one, two, or all three. Certificates are given each session attended.

1) Understanding Vendor Payment Guideline: 3/25 – 9:00am – 11:00am

In this session, you will learn:

  • HowSubsidy Vendors help Virginia families
  • The components of theSubsidy Vendor Agreement
  • How to obtain a POS machine
  • How to access and operate the Vendor Portal
  • Who to contact for assistance with these items

2) Implementation of Child Care Regulation and Guidance: 3/25 – 11:30am – 1:30pm

 In this session, you will learn:

  • The role Licensing plays in theSubsidy Vendor process
  • The background check process
  • What to expect with annual inspections
  • How to set annual rates
  • What annualtraining is required
  • Procedures for transferring ownership, relocating, or closing a Subsidy Program
  • How to change program types

3) Managing your Business: 3/25 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

 In this session, you will learn:

  • Your tax responsibilities as aSubsidy Vendor
  • How to prevent fraud
  • Finance tips
  • How to access technical assistance
Event Date Saturday, March 25, 2023 9:00 am
Event End Date Saturday, March 25, 2023 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Online
Categories Subsidy Training

This orientation session is recommended for individuals/programs interested in the VDSS Subsidy Vendor Program to learn about the application process, all program requirements, and resources available to assist you, such as Child Care Aware of Virginia’s technical assistance and training programs, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). This class is virtual. No certificate is given for this orientation.

Event Date Thursday, March 30, 2023 6:30 pm
Event End Date Thursday, March 30, 2023 8:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Online
Categories Training

The 3-hour in-person course has been specifically designed for those working in early childhood education. The session will be conducted by the Institute for Childhood Preparedness, a national organization that helps early childhood programs prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters.

Class Participants will learn:

  • Evidence-based techniques and strategies to prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident,
  • How to conduct safety drills, develop a customized plan, and work together to ensure staff, teachers, and children are best prepared to respond to any at-risk situation, and
  • Strategies to keep children calm and quiet during crisis.

*Note: this course is designed to prepare early childhood professionals, not scare them – no live or simulated ammunition will be used in this training. 

Event Date Saturday, April 01, 2023 9:00 am
Event End Date Saturday, April 01, 2023 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Church on the Move, Woodbridge
Categories Training
In this training, you will learn: What trauma is; the risks associated with childhood trauma; how to implement trauma-informed strategies in your child care program Note: These are live, interactive classes and will not be recorded for later viewing. If you register for a class and you are unable to attend, please contact your trainer and let them know so another participant can have your spot. Any CCAoVA class may be cancelled or scheduled if registration is low.
Event Date Thursday, April 20, 2023 7:00 pm
Event End Date Thursday, April 20, 2023 9:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Online
Categories Training

In this new training, revised in 2022, you will learn:

  • Emergency Preparedness requirements for early childhood programs operating in Virginia
  • How to identify threats that face your program
  • The importance of having an Emergency Preparedness plan and how to create one specific to your early childhood program
  • The differences between evacuation, shelter in place, and lockdowns, and when to implement each procedure
  • Essential supplies to have on hand
  • How to effectively communicate with children, families, and staff during and after an emergency

Note: One of the new professional development requirements in the licensing regulations is Emergency Preparedness training. This class meets those requirements. With the new format, it is good for classroom workers and administration alike.

Event Date Tuesday, April 25, 2023 7:00 pm
Event End Date Tuesday, April 25, 2023 9:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Online
Categories Training

The following components will be discussed during this forum:

  1. What the difference is between a child care contract and a parent handbook,
  2. Why both contracts and handbooks are necessary and recommended,
  3. What each document should consist of,
  4. How often each document should be reviewed or updated, and
  5. How to begin creating comprehensive contracts and handbooks for your child care program.
This class is virtual.
Event Date Wednesday, April 26, 2023 7:00 pm
Event End Date Wednesday, April 26, 2023 9:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Online
Categories Training

This free class is designed for child care providers. It meets all licensing requirements.

Event Date Saturday, May 13, 2023 8:00 am
Event End Date Saturday, May 13, 2023 12:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington - General Heiser Branch
Categories First Aid & CPR

This Directors' Forum is for both center and family providers. We will discuss the steps for successfully hiring new employees. The following topics will be covered: 1. Writing an effective job description, 2. Screening applications, 3. Effective, legal interview questions to ask, 4. Deciding who is on the hiring panel, and 5. The importance of background checks. This will be an in-person class.

 
Event Date Tuesday, May 16, 2023 7:00 pm
Event End Date Tuesday, May 16, 2023 9:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Dale City Fire Department Station 13
Categories Training

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