Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area

Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area SBRA is an early childhood initiative working towards a common vision: our young children, birth to five are prepared for success in school and in life.
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Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area's mission is to lead community partners in maximizing and coordinating resources that ensure equal opportunities for all young children, birth to five, to be ready for school and ready for life. We serve Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline and King George. Our organization is part of a statewide network of similar early childhood organizations. Locally, we are guided by a voluntary Leadership Council comprised of community leaders and we are supported by local businesses, educational institutions, non-profit institutions, and local governments, business and educational leaders. The Rappahannock United Way serves as our fiscal agent. SBRA implements several early childhood strategies in our region in order to enhance the quality of early childhood education and service programs for children birth to age five. We are a coalition of over 40 public and private agencies, businesses and individuals. We are funded through generous donations from local businesses, organizations and individuals, as well as grants from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.

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05/10/2021

Honor mothers everywhere by spreading awareness about Maternal Mental Health. Visit www.postpartumva.org

Honor mothers everywhere by spreading awareness about Maternal Mental Health. Visit www.postpartumva.org

The VA Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services has designated Thursday, May 6th as Children’s Mental Health ...
05/04/2021

The VA Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services has designated Thursday, May 6th as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day! They have collaborated to create a series of 5 videos that are relevant following this challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic & racial injustices. This year’s theme is “Resilience in Times of Adversity and Uncertainty”. A video will be released each day, from May 3rd-7th, on the DBHDS YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIxr1OcKqWbp8fqUfNeHEeg

The VA Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services has designated Thursday, May 6th as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day! They have collaborated to create a series of 5 videos that are relevant following this challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic & racial injustices. This year’s theme is “Resilience in Times of Adversity and Uncertainty”. A video will be released each day, from May 3rd-7th, on the DBHDS YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIxr1OcKqWbp8fqUfNeHEeg

Tuesday May 4th is Give Local Piedmont Day. Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area supports early childhood programs and ini...
05/03/2021
Support Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area on Give Local Piedmont

Tuesday May 4th is Give Local Piedmont Day. Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area supports early childhood programs and initiatives in Culpeper, Fauquier & Rappahannock counties in the Piedmont region. Please donate tomorrow on this day of giving to ensure that all children are Ready for School-Ready for Life! https://www.givelocalpiedmont.org/organization/SBRA

Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area (SBRA) is an early childhood organization comprised of more than 80 partnerships with businesses, public and private agencies, as well as individuals. Our common vision is that our young children from birth to age five are prepared for...

The USDA's Child Adult Food Program provides support to elevate the quality of food and nutrition education in child car...
04/28/2021

The USDA's Child Adult Food Program provides support to elevate the quality of food and nutrition education in child care centers and family day homes. Learn more about it from an "Ask the Expert" session.

The USDA's Child Adult Food Program provides support to elevate the quality of food and nutrition education in child care centers and family day homes. Learn more about it from an "Ask the Expert" session.

Here are the winners of the VA Quality "Week of the Young Child" campaign: Music Monday- Fredericksburg Children’s Acade...
04/18/2021

Here are the winners of the VA Quality "Week of the Young Child" campaign: Music Monday- Fredericksburg Children’s Academy, Tasty Tuesday- Roza Sharifi Family Day Home, Work Together Wednesday-Ramsey’s Roots, Serena Burla (pictured), Artsy Thursday- Growing Kids Academy & Family Friday- Jennifer Houck- Rising Star Early Childhood Education Center. Our sincere thanks to everyone that participated!!!

Caroline County Public Schools is on the move with its Caroline Cruiser which aims to connect families to the school div...
04/18/2021
WATCH NOW: The Caroline Cruiser aims to connect families to the school division

Caroline County Public Schools is on the move with its Caroline Cruiser which aims to connect families to the school division: https://fredericksburg.com/news/local/watch-now-the-caroline-cruiser-aims-to-connect-families-to-the-school-division/article_dfe24a3d-59ca-53c9-9883-32e6fa2fab5b.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share via @newsintheburg

In a rural county like Caroline, keeping families connected with the school system in a virtual environment has been especially challenging.

#ChildCareStrongTeachers and Child Care Providers:If you still need to register for the vaccine, please visit http://vac...
04/16/2021

#ChildCareStrong
Teachers and Child Care Providers:
If you still need to register for the vaccine, please visit http://vaccinate.virginia.gov/
And if you have registered and have not received an invitation to schedule your vaccination appointment, please email RAHD at [email protected] or call us at (540) 899-4797

#ChildCareStrong
Teachers and Child Care Providers:
If you still need to register for the vaccine, please visit http://vaccinate.virginia.gov/
And if you have registered and have not received an invitation to schedule your vaccination appointment, please email RAHD at [email protected] or call us at (540) 899-4797

Do you know a child who will be 5 years old by September 30th and lives in the City of Fredericksburg in the 22401 zip c...
04/13/2021
Kindergarten Registration

Do you know a child who will be 5 years old by September 30th and lives in the City of Fredericksburg in the 22401 zip code? It is time to sign-up for kindergarten! Please click the link below for the event details!! Ready for School-Ready for Life!!!

Drive through event Please bring completed registration paperwork including the documents listed below.

Child Care Providers,Please attend this important virtual meeting to discuss COVID-19 and child care this Thursday eveni...
04/12/2021

Child Care Providers,
Please attend this important virtual meeting to discuss COVID-19 and child care this Thursday evening from 6:30-7:00pm.
Join in at: meet.google.com/hpp-oeid-qxx OR
Call in to: 401-285-3889
Pin: 577 824 557#

Child Care Providers,
Please attend this important virtual meeting to discuss COVID-19 and child care this Thursday evening from 6:30-7:00pm.
Join in at: meet.google.com/hpp-oeid-qxx OR
Call in to: 401-285-3889
Pin: 577 824 557#

This is the time of year that we celebrate early childhood, our children and educators! Next week get involved by partic...
04/09/2021

This is the time of year that we celebrate early childhood, our children and educators! Next week get involved by participating in activities paired with the theme of each day: Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday.

This is the time of year that we celebrate early childhood, our children and educators! Next week get involved by participating in activities paired with the theme of each day: Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday.

Do you know a child who will be five years of age by September 30th? Spring is the time to enroll children in kindergart...
03/28/2021

Do you know a child who will be five years of age by September 30th? Spring is the time to enroll children in kindergarten for the upcoming fall school year. Go to your local school division's website for details concerning registration. Ready for School! Ready for Life!!!

Do you know a child who will be five years of age by September 30th? Spring is the time to enroll children in kindergarten for the upcoming fall school year. Go to your local school division's website for details concerning registration. Ready for School! Ready for Life!!!

#childcarestrongRead this timely article addressing the challenges of our local early childhood workforce which is the b...
03/21/2021
Pandemic presents challenges and opportunities to child care industry

#childcarestrong
Read this timely article addressing the challenges of our local early childhood workforce which is the backbone of our region's economy.
https://fredericksburg.com/news/local/pandemic-presents-challenges-and-opportunities-to-child-care-industry/article_4238c26c-1956-538e-98ed-85d5807ba49d.html#utm_source=fredericksburg.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletter-templates%2Fdaily-headlines&utm_medium=PostUp&utm_content=3c69a834968426d4b47b8a0fc21f2507cb2e68c8

One year ago, Serena Burla closed her licensed Stafford County in-home day care. The pandemic was in its early days and local schools had shut down.

#ChildCareStrong  Family Day Home, Preschool, Day Care Center, and School personnel: Are you vaccinated? If not go to ou...
03/14/2021

#ChildCareStrong
Family Day Home, Preschool, Day Care Center, and School personnel: Are you vaccinated? If not go to our state website operated by the Virginia Department of Health for information about vaccines and registration vaccinate.virginia.gov and also be on the lookout for pharmacy events on vaccinefinder.org.

#ChildCareStrong
Family Day Home, Preschool, Day Care Center, and School personnel: Are you vaccinated? If not go to our state website operated by the Virginia Department of Health for information about vaccines and registration vaccinate.virginia.gov and also be on the lookout for pharmacy events on vaccinefinder.org.

Does your child attend a family day home, preschool, day care center or school that is enrolled in the Child Adult Care ...
03/14/2021

Does your child attend a family day home, preschool, day care center or school that is enrolled in the Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)? This program elevates the quality of food served and provides nutrition education for staff and students.

Does your child attend a family day home, preschool, day care center or school that is enrolled in the Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)? This program elevates the quality of food served and provides nutrition education for staff and students.

The Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is implemented in family day care homes, early childhood learning centers, and...
03/11/2021

The Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is implemented in family day care homes, early childhood learning centers, and schools throughout our region. Next week we celebrate this beneficial program that serves to elevate the quality of nutrition for our children. Here are ideas for programs to implement next week.
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/child-and-adult-care-food-program/national-cacfp-week/

The Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is implemented in family day care homes, early childhood learning centers, and schools throughout our region. Next week we celebrate this beneficial program that serves to elevate the quality of nutrition for our children. Here are ideas for programs to implement next week.
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/child-and-adult-care-food-program/national-cacfp-week/

#ChildCareStrongEarly Care & Education providers:Do you need more information about the vaccine or the process for obtai...
03/10/2021

#ChildCareStrong
Early Care & Education providers:
Do you need more information about the vaccine or the process for obtaining it? Sign-up at https://tinyurl.com/3864ydc to hear the latest news about vaccination for the child care field from leaders and coordinators in Virginia during a weekly call.

#ChildCareStrong
Early Care & Education providers:
Do you need more information about the vaccine or the process for obtaining it? Sign-up at https://tinyurl.com/3864ydc to hear the latest news about vaccination for the child care field from leaders and coordinators in Virginia during a weekly call.

#ChildCareStrong  Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area staff and technical assistance specialists have been vaccinated and...
03/10/2021

#ChildCareStrong
Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area staff and technical assistance specialists have been vaccinated and look forward to providing in-person support to our early childhood programs in the future. We are ready! Many thanks to the Ron Rosner YMCA for hosting the vaccination event today in Spotsylvania.

#ChildCareStrong
Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area staff and technical assistance specialists have been vaccinated and look forward to providing in-person support to our early childhood programs in the future. We are ready! Many thanks to the Ron Rosner YMCA for hosting the vaccination event today in Spotsylvania.

Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area is proud of our work with the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Through a grant ...
03/02/2021

Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area is proud of our work with the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Through a grant with VFHY we train and provide the materials for the Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices program in our region. We believe that learning healthy habits must start at a young age-by preschool!

Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area is proud of our work with the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. Through a grant with VFHY we train and provide the materials for the Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices program in our region. We believe that learning healthy habits must start at a young age-by preschool!

#ChildCareStrong Our sister Smart Beginnings coalition in Harrisonburg is holding a free event via Zoom for childcare pr...
02/23/2021

#ChildCareStrong Our sister Smart Beginnings coalition in Harrisonburg is holding a free event via Zoom for childcare providers this Thursday evening and our region has been invited. A panel of experts will provide information about the COVID-19 vaccine to address concerns from early childhood educators who have been working on the frontline since the start of the pandemic. For more information access their Facebook link at: https://fb.me/e/1gzQrzvVs

#ChildCareStrong Our sister Smart Beginnings coalition in Harrisonburg is holding a free event via Zoom for childcare providers this Thursday evening and our region has been invited. A panel of experts will provide information about the COVID-19 vaccine to address concerns from early childhood educators who have been working on the frontline since the start of the pandemic. For more information access their Facebook link at: https://fb.me/e/1gzQrzvVs

If you signed up previously to be vaccinated with your local health district and want to ensure that you are on the list...
02/22/2021

If you signed up previously to be vaccinated with your local health district and want to ensure that you are on the list in the new state system, visit: : https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/ to confirm.
After accessing the site, click on "Sign-up for the Vaccine" button and then click on the "Check the List" tab. You will then be able to type in your name for verification. Do not re-register.

If you signed up previously to be vaccinated with your local health district and want to ensure that you are on the list in the new state system, visit: : https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/ to confirm.
After accessing the site, click on "Sign-up for the Vaccine" button and then click on the "Check the List" tab. You will then be able to type in your name for verification. Do not re-register.

In the event that we have closures due to weather this week and you are scheduled for your first or second vaccine, plea...
02/17/2021

In the event that we have closures due to weather this week and you are scheduled for your first or second vaccine, please check your local health district's website for rescheduling updates.
Rappahannock Area Health District can be accessed at: |https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/rappahannock/

In the event that we have closures due to weather this week and you are scheduled for your first or second vaccine, please check your local health district's website for rescheduling updates.
Rappahannock Area Health District can be accessed at: |https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/rappahannock/

#ChildCareStrong SBRA is preparing for future in-person support of our child care community by getting vaccinated. If yo...
02/16/2021

#ChildCareStrong SBRA is preparing for future in-person support of our child care community by getting vaccinated. If you have not registered you should know that starting today, the Virginia Department of Health is overseeing the COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration process with a new statewide system. Local health districts will now be getting support from the state with this platform to help manage their list. https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/

#ChildCareStrong SBRA is preparing for future in-person support of our child care community by getting vaccinated. If you have not registered you should know that starting today, the Virginia Department of Health is overseeing the COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration process with a new statewide system. Local health districts will now be getting support from the state with this platform to help manage their list. https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/

#ChildCareStrong Registration is open for an early childhood vaccination briefing this Friday at 10AM. The webinar will ...
02/10/2021

#ChildCareStrong
Registration is open for an early childhood vaccination briefing this Friday at 10AM. The webinar will feature guest speakers, and officials from our state administration, who will share information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for the child care workforce. Pictured is one of our SBRA Technical Assistance Specialists after her first vaccination! https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/878437635724527883

#ChildCareStrong
Registration is open for an early childhood vaccination briefing this Friday at 10AM. The webinar will feature guest speakers, and officials from our state administration, who will share information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for the child care workforce. Pictured is one of our SBRA Technical Assistance Specialists after her first vaccination! https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/878437635724527883

Child care programs complete the Tier 1B employer survey through the website of your local heath district to be placed o...
02/06/2021

Child care programs complete the Tier 1B employer survey through the website of your local heath district to be placed on the list for vaccination. Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Fredericksburg and Caroline are in the Rappahannock Health District:
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/rappahannock/Child

Child care programs complete the Tier 1B employer survey through the website of your local heath district to be placed on the list for vaccination. Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Fredericksburg and Caroline are in the Rappahannock Health District:
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/rappahannock/Child

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