Early Childhood

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Early childhood encompasses birth to age 8. It is a critical time for child development. Children are learning a variety of academic and social-emotional skills they will need throughout their life.

Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher, and you know your child better than anyone. Finding out your child has a disability or developmental delay can be overwhelming. It can be challenging to navigate a new diagnosis, learning how to support your child’s development, and finding the resources available to help along the way.

The hardest step can be knowing where to turn. Whether you just received a new diagnosis, have questions about early childhood special education, and/or want to know about resources available to help your family, PEATC is here to help!

These handouts provide short and relevant information about a variety of topics to help parents and caregivers of young children navigate services and support their little one’s development.

Early Intervention and Education

Early Intervention For Infants and Toddlers
Transitioning to Early Childhood Special Education Services
Transitioning to Kindergarten
Least Restrictive Environment in Early Childhood Programs

Supporting Your Little One

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in Early Childhood
Supporting Language Development for Young Children
Supporting Positive Behaviors in Young Children



Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia (ITC) (Ages 0 through 2) – ITC provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth through age two who are not developing as expected or who have a medical condition that can delay normal development.  Phone: 800-234-1448

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Office of Early Childhood (Birth to 5) – VDOE is responsible for leading and facilitating the public education system including special education (IDEA Part B) and working with stakeholders to build a unified early childhood care and education system


U.S. Department of Education Early Learning – Through programs and initiatives, OEL works on improving the educational and social emotional outcomes for young children from birth through 3rd grade.


Arc of Virginia New Path – A program of the Arc, New Path is a support network for families in early intervention to connect with one another


Early Childhood Academy

January 16 - February 20

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