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Ready for Life.

Training Opportunities for Child Care Providers & Preschool Teachers

Smart Beginnings offers a variety of free and low-cost professional development opportunities. We've also included links to other training resources in the area.

Directors' Academy

Every summer

Register for our annual summer training weekend for early childhood

directors and assistant directors on the Peninsula.

MiniConference for Family Child Care Homes

Every spring or fall

Register for our fall gathering of home child care providers. One easy, fun

and educational Saturday!                         

Virginia Training Academy

At last! Quality online child care trainings are available for your convenience.

You can participate in training when you want, in the comfort of your own home. Take a class whenever you wish and complete it at your own pace! Our courses are designed to provide quality, accessible, educational opportunities for child care professionals pursuing a CDA credential, CDA renewal, or completing annual training hours.

This training was developed by Child Care Aware of America and is supported through Child Care Aware of Virginia and member agencies.  

Project Pathfinders


In partnership with the Virginia Community College System, VECF administers this scholarship program designed to increase the skills of early childhood professionals in
preschool and child care settings by accessing community college
coursework and credentials.

Tidewater Association for Early Childhood Education (TAECE)

News and events for providers, through this nonprofit organization that provides support and training for child-care and elementary school teachers and children in the Tidewater area.

Professional Development Opportunities by Kids Priority One
Courses, contacts and organizations to help you in your field

Teacher Training through WHROTraining via video conference, face-to-face and more.

Jobs & Career Planning

Employment sources and resources for providers and others in the education field.