Supporting Richmond's

Childcare Providers

Training & Resources

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Virginia Preservice Training for Childcare Providers online course that introduces childcare staff to important health and safety information and addresses other topics such as child development, inclusion, and Virginia’s Subsidy and Licensing Programs. Participants will earn a 10-hour training certificate upon completion and a CEU! 

The TIPS (Training Information for Provider Success) Calendar lists early childhood professional development opportunities, offered by private, non-profit, and governmental organizations throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C. 

The Virginia Child Care Provider Scholarship Program (VCCPSP) offers current and future child care providers a foundation in the care and development of children. Administered by the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Program allows early educators to attend undergraduate (credit) courses at Virginia’s accredited colleges.

Project Pathfinders is a scholarship program designed to support current child care and preschool teachers and family child care providers or high school students who are also enrolled in the Virginia Community College System for early childhood education coursework, with financial support to pursue credentials, certificates, and degrees through Virginia’s Community College System and select 4 year associate-to-baccalaureate degree transfer programs. Along with Project Pathfinders scholarships, early childhood professionals have access to the Registered Apprenticeship program administered by the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry. Registered Apprenticeship allows professionals who are working at least 30 hours a week to talk with their employer to set specific professional development goals. Apprentices are then assigned a veteran teacher at their site to act as a mentor and take coursework at a local Virginia Community College utilizing the Pathfinders scholarships. At the end of each year of the Apprenticeship – usually 2 to 3 years – the employee receives a wage increase that is pre-determined by the employer. The Apprentice also receives a nationally recognized Certificate of Completion. 

Click here to learn more about the Registered Apprenticeship program and how sites can enroll.