Develop and coordinate professional learning opportunities for all early care and education providers to ensure equitable, high-quality, and culturally responsive learning experiences for young children.

Families & Educators as Partners Conference: Taking Care of Our Children, Taking Care of Ourselves

Kids’ First Years, The City of Alexandria, and Alexandria City Public Schools are proud to present the Families & Educators as Partners Conference. We invite parents, caregivers, and early childhood educators of children of ages birth-5 years to join us April 13, 2024, at the Del Pepper Community Resource Center. This event was designed to help participants learn how to prioritize wellness and how to strengthen partnerships between families and early childhood educators. There is an impressive line-up of speakers for both families of young children and early childhood educators. Our goal is to have everyone leave the conference feeling inspired and empowered to create environments where young children can thrive emotionally, socially, and academically! 

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Quality Measurement and Improvement

Kids’ First Years works to support Virginia’s Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQB5), a measurement and improvement system that focuses on the quality of all publicly funded birth-five classrooms, childcare centers, and family childcare providers through ensuring high-quality professional learning is available for all early childhood providers in the city of Alexandria while striving to stabilize the workforce.  

For more information:

Rosario Paredes Carrion, DCHS Supervisor, [email protected].

Quality Collaborative

The Quality Collaborative (QC), a collaboration of early education providers, including Kids’ First Years and the City’s publicly-funded early childhood programs, advances exemplary teaching practices in Alexandria classrooms by training and coaching teaching staff and administrators. Now in its 6th year, listed below are a few highlights of the Collaborative:

  • Provided training and support to local CLASS observers, implementing Powerful Interaction PLC Cohorts:
    1. Powerful interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend their Learning
    2. Coaching with Powerful Interactions: A Guide for Partnering with Early Childhood Teachers.
  • Over 120 teachers have completed the Making the Most of Classroom Interactions (MMCI) course. MMCI is a workshop-style course that gives teachers a foundational introduction of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) framework to help them better understand how effective interactions in the classroom increase children’s learning and development.
  • Supported four local leaders to become Train-the-Trainer certified in Creative Curriculum which increased local capacity to provide opportunities for teachers to receive essential training that programs could not otherwise afford on their own.
  • Provided trauma-informed care workshops to approximately 300 early education providers since 2017, including introductory workshops and “deeper dive” trainings in six key areas.

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