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.

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. Local

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. Local

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A wonderful annual event presented by our community Partners-Paragon Autism Services and the Rappahannock Area YMCA. Joi...
10/09/2021

A wonderful annual event presented by our community Partners-Paragon Autism Services and the Rappahannock Area YMCA. Join in the fun at the Massad Family YMCA on October 30th!

A wonderful annual event presented by our community Partners-Paragon Autism Services and the Rappahannock Area YMCA. Join in the fun at the Massad Family YMCA on October 30th!

Greater Prince William (GPW) does NOT have a designated governing agency that can support, educate, and help families na...
09/30/2021
Can you spare a minute to help this campaign?

Greater Prince William (GPW) does NOT have a designated governing agency that can support, educate, and help families navigate issues that occur during the formative years of Birth to 5. This is the only jurisdiction of its size in VA that has not yet established a department with a primary focus on early childhood care & education. Please support this important work on behalf of children and families which will benefit our entire region not only GPW. https://chng.it/JytXZMFyDD

Children Birth to 5 in Prince William County, Virginia need YOUR support!

09/16/2021
Elmo's Dad Got Vaccinated

A great resource from our friends at Sesame Street about vaccination for children to watch with their families.

Many thanks to Mrs. Pamela Northam and Ms. Becca Ullrich for taking time to visit a child care center in Stafford County...
09/01/2021

Many thanks to Mrs. Pamela Northam and Ms. Becca Ullrich for taking time to visit a child care center in Stafford County. The students and staff at the Merit School of Leeland Station enjoyed the wonderful story and time with you both!

Many thanks to Mrs. Pamela Northam and Ms. Becca Ullrich for taking time to visit a child care center in Stafford County. The students and staff at the Merit School of Leeland Station enjoyed the wonderful story and time with you both!

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam expects record enrollment for the state’s preschool programs this fall thanks to a deluge of...
08/18/2021

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam expects record enrollment for the state’s preschool programs this fall thanks to a deluge of funding toward that effort. Over $150 million has been authorized for the Virginia Preschool Initiative and Mixed Delivery in fiscal year 2022, which means the state will be serving 25,000 three & four-year-olds this upcoming school year, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam expects record enrollment for the state’s preschool programs this fall thanks to a deluge of funding toward that effort. Over $150 million has been authorized for the Virginia Preschool Initiative and Mixed Delivery in fiscal year 2022, which means the state will be serving 25,000 three & four-year-olds this upcoming school year, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

As parents return to work, locating a supportive child care program that is family centered is essential.
08/02/2021

As parents return to work, locating a supportive child care program that is family centered is essential.

As parents return to work, locating a supportive child care program that is family centered is essential.

Caroline's Promise has organized a morning of giving to distribute school supplies to students provided by local organiz...
07/14/2021

Caroline's Promise has organized a morning of giving to distribute school supplies to students provided by local organizations.

Caroline's Promise has organized a morning of giving to distribute school supplies to students provided by local organizations.

Enter our drawing! June 30th is the last day for parents who have a child that attended preschool, child care, a family ...
06/30/2021

Enter our drawing! June 30th is the last day for parents who have a child that attended preschool, child care, a family day home, Head Start or VPI this year in Stafford, Fredericksburg, or Spotsylvania to take our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KC852BY

Enter our drawing! June 30th is the last day for parents who have a child that attended preschool, child care, a family day home, Head Start or VPI this year in Stafford, Fredericksburg, or Spotsylvania to take our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KC852BY

Make the library one of your summer destinations with your children. Visit your local library in person again! Go to htt...
06/27/2021

Make the library one of your summer destinations with your children. Visit your local library in person again! Go to https://www.librarypoint.org/ for more information about all that the Central Rappahannock Regional library has to offer your family.

Make the library one of your summer destinations with your children. Visit your local library in person again! Go to https://www.librarypoint.org/ for more information about all that the Central Rappahannock Regional library has to offer your family.

A survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KC852BY for parents who had a child or children in a preschool, child care cen...
06/24/2021

A survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KC852BY for parents who had a child or children in a preschool, child care center, family day home, Head Start, or other early childhood program this year in the City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania or Stafford Counties. This anonymous survey will be used to help guide our work in the Preschool Development Grant for birth to five and 3 lucky families will be winners of our Summer STEM Fun & Learning kits valued at $125 each!!!

A survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KC852BY for parents who had a child or children in a preschool, child care center, family day home, Head Start, or other early childhood program this year in the City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania or Stafford Counties. This anonymous survey will be used to help guide our work in the Preschool Development Grant for birth to five and 3 lucky families will be winners of our Summer STEM Fun & Learning kits valued at $125 each!!!

As we observe Juneteenth, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) and SBRA remain committed to listen, learn, and...
06/19/2021

As we observe Juneteenth, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) and SBRA remain committed to listen, learn, and act with intentionality to dispel racial injustice and economic disparity, internally and in all aspects of our work as we strive to build equitable and durable early childhood systems.

As we observe Juneteenth, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) and SBRA remain committed to listen, learn, and act with intentionality to dispel racial injustice and economic disparity, internally and in all aspects of our work as we strive to build equitable and durable early childhood systems.

Temporary changes to eligibility criteria make birth to five child care more affordable for families. Contact your local...
06/18/2021

Temporary changes to eligibility criteria make birth to five child care more affordable for families. Contact your local Department of Social Services for more information.

Temporary changes to eligibility criteria make birth to five child care more affordable for families. Contact your local Department of Social Services for more information.

Thank-you Delegate Joshua Cole for shining a spotlight on the importance of child care for our workforce in House Distri...
06/17/2021

Thank-you Delegate Joshua Cole for shining a spotlight on the importance of child care for our workforce in House District 28 and throughout Virginia. And we appreciate your work on the Education Committee on behalf of our children.

Many thanks to Mrs. Northam for visiting our area yesterday to discuss the importance of House Bill 2206 which expands t...
06/17/2021

Many thanks to Mrs. Northam for visiting our area yesterday to discuss the importance of House Bill 2206 which expands the eligibility for child care subsidy for families. We visited Fredericksburg Children's Academy in District 28 with Delegate Joshua Cole. The bill raises the annual income limit for receiving subsidy funds to $60,000 or less for a single parent with one preschool-aged child, and $89,000 or less for a family of four with at least one preschool aged-child.

Many thanks to Mrs. Northam for visiting our area yesterday to discuss the importance of House Bill 2206 which expands the eligibility for child care subsidy for families. We visited Fredericksburg Children's Academy in District 28 with Delegate Joshua Cole. The bill raises the annual income limit for receiving subsidy funds to $60,000 or less for a single parent with one preschool-aged child, and $89,000 or less for a family of four with at least one preschool aged-child.

Reading is for all ages! Check out the summer virtual programs provided by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
06/14/2021

Reading is for all ages! Check out the summer virtual programs provided by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Reading is for all ages! Check out the summer virtual programs provided by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Congratulations to our child care programs for completing this school year during the pandemic. Thank-you family day hom...
06/13/2021

Congratulations to our child care programs for completing this school year during the pandemic. Thank-you family day home providers and child care centers for being on the front lines in support of our children and their families. We appreciate you!

Congratulations to our child care programs for completing this school year during the pandemic. Thank-you family day home providers and child care centers for being on the front lines in support of our children and their families. We appreciate you!

Many thanks to Caroline's Promise and Fredericksburg Food Bank for providing this summer program!
06/04/2021

Many thanks to Caroline's Promise and Fredericksburg Food Bank for providing this summer program!

Many thanks to Caroline's Promise and Fredericksburg Food Bank for providing this summer program!

Child care providers: Attend the webinar today or next Friday to learn more about the new temporary changes to subsidy e...
06/04/2021

Child care providers: Attend the webinar today or next Friday to learn more about the new temporary changes to subsidy eligibility for families. More info is available at childcareva.com.
June 4, 10-11 AM Child Care Subsidy Eligibility Info Session
https://covaconf.webex.com/covaconf/j.php?MTID=m522fe2d21119a8c4af04326b018b66f0
June 11, 10-11 AM Child Care Subsidy Eligibility Info Session
https://covaconf.webex.com/covaconf/j.php?MTID=m48646e2c18b1e387cddd1278a7f0462e

Child care providers: Attend the webinar today or next Friday to learn more about the new temporary changes to subsidy eligibility for families. More info is available at childcareva.com.
June 4, 10-11 AM Child Care Subsidy Eligibility Info Session
https://covaconf.webex.com/covaconf/j.php?MTID=m522fe2d21119a8c4af04326b018b66f0
June 11, 10-11 AM Child Care Subsidy Eligibility Info Session
https://covaconf.webex.com/covaconf/j.php?MTID=m48646e2c18b1e387cddd1278a7f0462e

May has been proclaimed as Early Intervention Awareness Month in Virginia. Learn more about awareness and services for f...
05/23/2021

May has been proclaimed as Early Intervention Awareness Month in Virginia. Learn more about awareness and services for families and practitioners at the Infant Toddler Connection's website: https://www.itcva.online/

May has been proclaimed as Early Intervention Awareness Month in Virginia. Learn more about awareness and services for families and practitioners at the Infant Toddler Connection's website: https://www.itcva.online/

Mental Health Month is observed each May and is supported by organizations such as Mental Health America to raise awaren...
05/15/2021

Mental Health Month is observed each May and is supported by organizations such as Mental Health America to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to stop the stigma associated with mental health disorders. The #4Mind4Body campaign is encouraging everyone to focus on healthy aspects in their daily lives in order to promote mental wellness. For more info go to: https://www.mhanational.org/4mind4body

Mental Health Month is observed each May and is supported by organizations such as Mental Health America to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to stop the stigma associated with mental health disorders. The #4Mind4Body campaign is encouraging everyone to focus on healthy aspects in their daily lives in order to promote mental wellness. For more info go to: https://www.mhanational.org/4mind4body

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

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CHD 120 (Aug 19, 2019- Oct 13, 2019) and CHD 205/230 (Oct 16, 2019- Dec 16, 2019) will be offered on Tuesdays during the 1st and 2nd eight weeks at the Woodbridge Minnieland location. Send students!!! NVCC Manassas ([email protected] for more information)