Professional Development

Ventura County Office of Education – Early Childhood Programs (VCOE-ECP) Department has a multi-pronged approach to supporting the professional development of educators in our county. 


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VCOE Canvas Courses


Professional Development Resources



VCOE Canvas Courses


VCOE houses 3 professional development opportunities through the Canvas online learning platform. Series are intended for Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program (IEEEP) consortium members and other local partners. Offerings include:


  • Imagining Inclusion
    The 4-part asynchronous series is designed to support educators in general and special education preschool classrooms develop a shared cohesive and collective knowledge base for supporting inclusive preschool programming in our county. 
  • Inclusive Schooling
    Inclusive Schooling provides access to webinars and accompanying courses and resources for co-teaching and inclusive leadership. 
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) & ASQ– Social/ Emotional (ASQ SE-2)
    Through a collaboration with First 5 Ventura – Help Me Grow, ASQ-3 and ASQ SE-2 asynchronous trainings are now available. 



Professional Development Resources


California Teaching Pyramid 

VCOE-ECP has provided the 5 module training series and coaching supports to county educators for the past decade.  

California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)

Through regional communities of practice (CoP) and series of professional learning experiences, CPIN promotes promising practices in early learning, family engagement, and equity, and emphasizes a whole child approach. CPIN instructors provide research-based teaching and learning strategies that are age and developmentally appropriate and highlight inclusive practices and support for ALL children.

California Early Childhood Online (CECO)

To support early childhood teachers, the California Early Learning and Development System provides an integrated set of modules based on state-of-the-art information for early learning and development and best practices in early education. CECO provides free access to professional learning in one centralized location to meet the ever-changing needs of the early childhood field.

California Department of Education - Special Education

Information and resources to serve the unique needs of persons with disabilities so that each person will meet or exceed high standards of achievement in academic and nonacademic skills.

California Department of Education - Preschool through Third Grade Alignment

P-3 alignment includes both horizontal and vertical alignment and coherence across grades and systems to improve coordination of policies and practices in preschool, across transitions to Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten, and through third grade and beyond. The CDE’s P-3 alignment effort stems from a belief that gaps in children’s opportunities and learning outcomes demand system-level reform at the state, county, district, school, and community level to disrupt inequities, address bias, and promote equitable opportunity.

California MAP to Inclusion

The mission of the MAP to Inclusion & Belonging… Making Access Possible, is to create a statewide system of support, training and resources that gives all families and providers barrier-free access to inclusive child care.

California Trust Fund Alliance Strengthening Families

The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance is pleased to make available an online training to support implementation of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework in multiple settings. This curriculum includes new materials on partnering with parents and addresses promising strategies to strengthen families for practitioners.

Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC)

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families. ​

Resources to Support Practice

Resources within Reason - STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education

In Pursuit of Equity - Webinar Series Archive

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)

ECTA is a national technical assistance center focused on building state and local system capacity to improve outcomes for children with disabilities and their families. The ECTA Center supports state Part C and Section 619 programs in developing high-quality early intervention and preschool special education service systems, increasing local implementation of evidence-based practices, and enhancing outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families.

Inclusive Schooling

Inclusive Schooling partners with educational institutions to deliver transformative and engaging professional development. VCOE has received access to a custom dashboard with additional resources, information, and trainings. Access this dashboard by visiting with password inclusion

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative (IECMHC)

The goal of IECMHC is to support early care and education (ECE) programs and providers to respond effectively to all children, with a focus on those young children with disabilities, challenging behavior and other special needs.

"Learn the Signs, Act Early."

CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need.

National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)

NCPMI aims to assist states and programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model within early intervention and early education programs with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family engagement, using data for decision-making, integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation and fostering inclusion.

The Office of Head Start (OHS) Inclusion Webinars

Explore these webinars about inclusion issues related to children with disabilities or suspected delays. Topics include interactions, individualization, effective teaching practices, clarification of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), practice-based coaching, and more! 


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