​Professional Development

The Early Childhood Education Committee (ECEC) of Smart Beginnings develops the annual Professional Development Plan and Training Calendar.  Working with other training providers, the committee conducts an annual needs assessment and plans programs that are of interest to early childhood professionals without duplicating other regional program offerings.


              2019 Training Calendar                                                     



October 1, 2019  6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Amherst County School Board

Assessment tips, resources, and using data to drive literacy strategies in the classroom.  A variety of hands-on activities and materials will be provided.  This course is for new teachers, and teachers interested in refreshing their knowledge.

No cost to attend.  Must pre-register. Call 434.455.6921 

Directors Focus Group

October 2, 2019

Location: Childcare Resource Center at HumanKind

Directors meeting and networking opportunity.  Topic: Effective Communication with Staff and Parents.

Light lunch provided.  No cost to attend.

Kindergarten Readiness

October 17,  2019

Location: Smart Beginnings at United Way CV

This workshop will provide an overview of the VA Milestones of Childhood Development and the VA Foundation Blocks. Participants will explore ways to use the tools to enhance and individualize daily lesson plans through hands-on activities.

$5.00 per person.  

CLASS Observer Training by Teachstone

October 21 and 22, 2019

Location: Smart Beginnings at United Way CV

Participants will build an in-depth understanding of the CLASS tool and how to use the tool to accurately observe and code classrooms.  Each participant will have the opportunity to certify on the tool by participating in an online reliability test.

This course is for teacher coaches, program administrators, education consultants, researchers.  

Cost $200.00 includes materials, access to online resources, reliability test, and lunch each day.




It's Live!

The 2019 Smart Beginnings ECE Conference Registration

The Roots of a Great Classroom

November 16, 2019 at CVCC

Greater Lynchburg Chapter of VAAEYC


To request more information:

Contact SBCV:

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