Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children

Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children We are a local affiliate of NAEYC. Our members include over early childhood educators, families, and professionals who care about and work to promote the healthy development of all young children.

Are you curious about what it will take to re-open your child care program?  Join us on Wednesday, June 3rd at 10 am, as...
06/01/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Director's Chat with Main Street CDC. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Are you curious about what it will take to re-open your child care program? Join us on Wednesday, June 3rd at 10 am, as we chat with Carol Lieske, Director of Main Street CDC, Fairfax. We will be discussing the ins and outs of re-opening your program.

Register here for the online webinar:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jun 3, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pcOGvrDgoHNLqOzEXMolxooSOvdIdmGHa

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Director's Chat with Main Street CDC. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

05/27/2020
COVID Child Care Survey

Dear NAEYC friend,

As we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID to our communities, we are all working to better understand how child care programs manage limiting the spread of the virus while providing care. The Ziglar Center in Child Development at the Yale University School of Medicine is conducting an urgent study of child care providers to help inform guidelines for safe reopening of programs. Your voice has been vital to the profession’s response to the pandemic and we continue to need your feedback as we plan a path forward.

https://yalesurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eJmSnhlEDP3E7Hf

This survey is being sent to child care professionals like you across the nation. Your answers will be completely confidential. Many voices and experiences are needed as we try to determine the rate at which child care providers have become ill with COVID-19 symptoms and which strategies may have helped keep them safer. We need to hear from you whether you were open or closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a measure of thanks, Yale will randomly select at least 10 people who complete the online confidential survey to win a check for $500. Also, all participants will be invited to participate in a free online webinar to share the results and answer your questions.

We hope that you will help. Please click the link below to take the online survey. It should only take about 12-20 minutes to complete. More information and a brief consent page will be provided to you before the confidential online survey begins.

Qualtrics sophisticated online survey software solutions make creating online surveys easy. Learn more about Research Suite and get a free account today.

Join NVAEYC and ACCA's Director, Maria-Isabel Ballivian, to discuss how to safely re-open your child care center!  ACCA ...
05/25/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Director's Chat with ACCA Director. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Join NVAEYC and ACCA's Director, Maria-Isabel Ballivian, to discuss how to safely re-open your child care center! ACCA has remained open through out the pandemic and they have some great tips on what has worked and not worked. Chime in to hear how Isabel has handled all the moving parts of running a child care center during COVID-19....

Register here:

May 27, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwuduigrTojG9Q59g23OOaTmwuJAnqgtSKD

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Director's Chat with ACCA Director. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Mark your Calendars!!!!  NAEYC is bringing us their annual PDI conference via virtual FREE webinars!!!  https://www.naey...
05/15/2020

Mark your Calendars!!!! NAEYC is bringing us their annual PDI conference via virtual FREE webinars!!!

https://www.naeyc.org/virtual-institute

Starting June 1, NAEYC will offer over 100 presentations of content shared by NAEYC experts and a diverse group of presenters from all sectors of the industry. Our presenters include policy experts, higher education faculty, school leaders, researchers and educators. While typically this type of content is only offered at NAEYC Professional Learning Institute, we are providing access to these presentations during the NAEYC Virtual Institute at no charge as our gift to you for all that you give to young children and their families.

Stay tuned for more information on how to sign up! And be sure to share the news.

Are you a Program Administrator?  See A message from Child Care Aware of Virginia:  Ready to Reopen?As we prepare to ent...
05/14/2020
Update Your Program Status

Are you a Program Administrator? See A message from Child Care Aware of Virginia:

Ready to Reopen?
As we prepare to enter Phase I of Governor Northam’s plan to reopen Virginia, we need to hear from you about your plans to reopen your programs. During this pandemic, child care programs have made many sacrifices, and we would love to learn more about your experience. Please complete our survey to assist us in providing accurate referrals as families prepare to return to work.
We will update our provider database based on the information you provide.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VACCImpactofCovid19

Be sure to report any changes in your operating status to Child Care Aware of Virginia.

Our goal is to ensure that families in need of care are able to find it and to offer support to our Superhero Child Care Providers! We thank you for your service to Virginia's families and your dedication to public health and safety.

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

TODAY! Tell Congress Why They Need to #FundChildCareThe coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated how essential child care i...
05/14/2020

TODAY! Tell Congress Why They Need to #FundChildCare

The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated how essential child care is for our families, communities, and economy. While the newly introduced HEROES Act will help, $7 billion for child care won't meet the needs of children, families, educators, or businesses. Tag your member of Congress on social media today, using the hashtag #FundChildCare, to share YOUR reason why they need to support increased funding for child care.

Help advocates, community organizations, and government leaders better understand what help families need to feel stable...
05/14/2020
Survey for Parents and Caregivers of Children Ages 0 to 13 years old - Voices for Virginia's Kids

Help advocates, community organizations, and government leaders better understand what help families need to feel stable and secure. Please take 3-5 minutes to share your thoughts.

https://vakids.org/our-news/blog/survey-for-parents-and-caregivers-of-children-ages-0-to-13-years-old

Help elected officials better understand challenges parents are facing with child care & finances in response to coronavirus.

Now, this is something to CELEBRATE 🎉 🥳🎉!!
05/08/2020

Now, this is something to CELEBRATE 🎉 🥳🎉!!

Sesame Street
05/08/2020

Sesame Street

Today we send a big thank you to teachers everywhere for supporting, encouraging, and inspiring children. We are so grateful for you! #TeacherAppreciationDay

Thanks to generous donations, NVAEYC was able to hand deliver treats to AMAZING educators who are on the FRONT LINES car...
05/07/2020

Thanks to generous donations, NVAEYC was able to hand deliver treats to AMAZING educators who are on the FRONT LINES caring for young children.... Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!

PS - I think I win the award for cutest assistant - but might be a little biased:).

Fred Rogers always seems to say it best❤️❤️. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!
05/07/2020

Fred Rogers always seems to say it best❤️❤️. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!

Many thanks to all those early childhood educators out there!!  Make sure to Thank A Teacher!
05/05/2020

Many thanks to all those early childhood educators out there!! Make sure to Thank A Teacher!

Hey Friends! Did you know it’s #TeacherAppreciationWeek? We’d love your help to celebrate!  Help us bring some sunshine ...
05/05/2020

Hey Friends! Did you know it’s #TeacherAppreciationWeek? We’d love your help to celebrate! Help us bring some sunshine for these wonderful caregivers! Reach out to us on Facebook and shout out a BIG Thank you! #ThankYouEducators #NVAEYC #EarlyChildCareEducation #EarlyEd #TeacherAppreciation

Google did it again:). Thanks, Google, for recognizing our AMAZING educators!!  Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
05/04/2020

Google did it again:). Thanks, Google, for recognizing our AMAZING educators!! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Are you a director of a childcare program?  Are you curious how other programs are handling the COVID-19 pandemic? NVAEY...
04/29/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: May 4th Director's Chat. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Are you a director of a childcare program? Are you curious how other programs are handling the COVID-19 pandemic?

NVAEYC is offering a chance to virtually "chat" with other area directors. Join us to collaborate how we can benefit one another as we work through this time.

Our next chat will be on Monday, May 4th from 12-1pm. We are asking participants to register in order to keep the discussion group small. Please reach out if you have any questions!

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvfuirpjgoGdD32ZXoiVR3vUt3FCVx3mAb

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: May 4th Director's Chat. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Fred Rogers Center
04/28/2020

Fred Rogers Center

Join us this Thursday, April 30 at 1:00pm (EST) for the first conversation in a series about empathy in response to COVID-19. We will be talking about Fred Rogers’ legacy of kindness with our colleagues from the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at Penn State and NUI Galway. Watch live at the link below: https://facebook.com/nuigalway

NVAEYC has been hearing about programs having difficulty getting sanitation supplies. On the Virginia Early Childhood Fo...
04/28/2020
Food and Supply Source: Make Purchasing Easy

NVAEYC has been hearing about programs having difficulty getting sanitation supplies. On the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) webinar on Monday, Food&SupplySource was listed as an online source for PPE supplies including hand sanitizers, masks, and other personal protective equipment.

(https://www.foodandsupplysource.com/)

Make purchasing Easy! Let us help you save money so you can spend your organization’s dollars on what matters most; food, supplies and services.

Don't miss out on having your voice heard!  Fairfax County Budget Hearings begin TODAY!!https://vakids.org/our-news/blog...
04/28/2020
Support Child Care in the Fairfax County Budget - Take Action Now! - Voices for Virginia's Kids

Don't miss out on having your voice heard! Fairfax County Budget Hearings begin TODAY!!

https://vakids.org/our-news/blog/support-child-care-in-the-fairfax-county-budget-take-action-now

Written by Mary Beth Salomone Testa, NOVA Consultant This an extraordinarily difficult time for our community. Our partners and friends in early childhood programs are navigating huge challenges along with...

Have you checked out our COVID-19 Webpage?  Lots of up-to-date information about financial assistance, webinars, etc... ...
04/25/2020
Coronavirus Information | nvaeyc

Have you checked out our COVID-19 Webpage? Lots of up-to-date information about financial assistance, webinars, etc... Many thanks to our Co-President, Rosemary Kendall, for gathering!

https://www.nvaeyc.org/coronavirus-information

Our hearts go out to all who have been infected by the coronavirus and those whose lives have been disrupted by this outbreak. These resources have been prepared to support early childhood professionals who are working on behalf of young children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The list will be upd...

For our Fairfax County residents - now is the time we need you!  Fairfax County is revising their budget and early child...
04/23/2020
Support Child Care in the Fairfax County Budget - Take Action Now! - Voices for Virginia's Kids

For our Fairfax County residents - now is the time we need you! Fairfax County is revising their budget and early childhood education is on the docket! Please read Voice's blog post for more information on how you can help - LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

https://vakids.org/our-news/blog/support-child-care-in-the-fairfax-county-budget-take-action-now

Written by Mary Beth Salomone Testa, NOVA Consultant This an extraordinarily difficult time for our community. Our partners and friends in early childhood programs are navigating huge challenges along with...

One day left to fill out NVAEYC's survey...  It is short and sweet and will help us to know how to better serve you in t...
04/20/2020
NVAEYC Membership Survey April 2020

One day left to fill out NVAEYC's survey... It is short and sweet and will help us to know how to better serve you in the coming months...

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQoMjYIfaLD4DjSPGgfRC1YzsPoPTc0y2WFYo1T8kk1kd5tQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

During this uncertain time, NVAEYC wants to provide the best support we can to our members. Please take a minute to fill out this brief survey to help us identify your needs. Please respond by April 21st. Please contact [email protected] for results.

Thank you, GOOGLE...  Educators ARE essential:)
04/17/2020

Thank you, GOOGLE... Educators ARE essential:)

Lots of great links ....https://developingchild.harvard.edu/guide/a-guide-to-covid-19-and-early-childhood-development/?u...
04/17/2020
A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development - Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Lots of great links ....

https://developingchild.harvard.edu/guide/a-guide-to-covid-19-and-early-childhood-development/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=april_2020&fbclid=IwAR3cYluIJsoeqXHCm4SWWW79Ewb48OddXtX22vRZOGMafv4dnYagc6u_sP4

The global response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed daily life in many ways for many people. Yet child development has not paused, and supporting children, families, and care providers of all kinds is as important as ever. In this guide, the Center on the Developing Child has gath...

04/16/2020
www.dss.virginia.gov

Great news from Virginia Department of Social Services!

"As a result of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act,
Virginia is receiving federal funding for an incentive grant to help existing child care
providers remain open to provide care for children of essential personnel during the
state of emergency declared by Governor Northam in response to the COVID-19 pandemic."

https://www.dss.virginia.gov/cc/covid-19-docs/CARES-Act-Grant-to-providers.pdf

Governor of Virginia
04/16/2020
Governor of Virginia

Governor of Virginia

We are using $70 million in funding from the federal CARES Act to expand child care services for essential workers. Early childhood education has always been a top priority for me and the First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam, and access to safe, stable care is more important now than ever.

If you are still working and in need of child care services, visit Child Care Aware of Virginia online at https://vachildcare.com/ or call 1-866-KIDS-TLC for an up-to-date list of child care providers in your area.

Read more about today's announcement with The Virginia Department of Social Services here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/april/headline-856150-en.html

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Hello early childhood friends! While I know there are a lot of serious, high stakes things happening right now, I also know that one of my biggest self-care tactics is finding joy. Did you see that an art gallery challenged people to recreate famous paintings with objects around the house? Well I challenge you to recreate pages from your favorite children's books! We are currently doing this at my program (closed to children & families, teachers and administrators teleworking) and it has been a lot of fun. Let me see what you've got! :)
Attention ECE friends! As you may know, the House of Representatives Child Care Center (where I work) is expanding. Our infants and toddlers are in a brand new state-of-the-art facility and our new preschool space opens soon. We are hosting an Educator Open House on July 2nd, inviting early childhood professionals to come and take a peek at the new, amazing space. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/educator-open-house-tickets-63815338395 and feel free to spread the word!
Are you, or someone you know, affected by the Government Shutdown? Here is a list of local companies who are ready to help you out! Share away! These discounts and services are active as of 1/15/19, you may want to confirm they are still valid after this date. Inclusion in this list does not equal endorsement. FOOD Many locations are offering a variety of discounts if you bring an ID. The ones listed below are for free/very reduced prices: &pizza: 6-8pm daily free pizza Gregorys: 12ox caffeinated beverages free with ID Jose Andres Restaurants (Oyamel, Zaytinya, America Eats, Beefsteak, Jaleo)- Free sandwich 2-5pm during work week Ri Ra Georgetown- Free Shepard’s Pie during lunch or dinner Hula Girl Truck: Free beer and burger during happy hour Maggiano’s Chevy Chase: 50% off for gov. employees ENTERTAINMENT Rosetta Stone: Free 3 month online subscription Woodrow Wilson House, National Building Museum, National Law Enforcement Museum, US Botanic Gardens, The Newseum, Lincoln’s Cottage, B&O Railroad Museum, Children’s Science Center- Open with free admission for feds Alexandria “Key to the City” Passes for numerous historic sites also City of Alexandria website lists many free classes etc. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Free movies Monday-Thursday Arena Stage and Creative Cauldron: Free tickets on limited dates GW, Howard, University of Maryland and GMU Basketball: Free tickets to men/women’s games with ID Fitness: Many fitness places are offering free classes or trial periods Bishops: Free haircuts Via: Free $10 credit with “ViaForLow” Reston Community Center is offering camp fee waivers for furloughed workers/Reston residents SERVICES “Pop-Up Grocery Stores”- Free food for federal workers/contractors. Saturdays 9-12. Check Capital Area Food Bank as locations might change: • 1050 Brentwood Road, Brentwood, Washington, D.C. 20018 • 6800 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Va. 22306 • 10480 Campus Way South, Largo, Md. 20774 • 7074 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, Md. 20748 • 12051 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. 20852 Capital Area Food Bank Hunger Lifeline- personalized recs for community resources: 202-644-9807 AT&T, Verizon, Spring, T-Mobile: Willing to work with affected employees on fees Bank of American, Chase, Congressional Federal Credit Union, Discover, FedChoice, Navy Federal, Wells Fargo, US Employees Credit Union, USAA, Democracy Federal Credit Union: Will work with affected employees Washington Gas and Pepco: Offers flexible payment plan Dominion Energy: If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty paying the electric bill, please call us at 866-366-4357. You may be eligible for payment arrangements or energy assistance funds. Beyer Automotive Group: Short-term no -interest loan for car serviced/repaired at their dealership May be eligible for “Unemployment compensation for federal employees” FlexJobs has a reduced rate for temp work searching FAIRFAX FCPS: Breakfast/Lunch will be provided to any student regardless of availability to pay. Unpaid balances will be allowed to accrue. We invite those in need to please contact Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880, TTY 711, for assistance. Our staff will help connect you to resources that can aid you during this time. School Age Child Care: families can apply for reduced fee/payment plan or to be placed on temporary inactive status. 703-449-8989 Fairfax Connector: Free bus rides system wide with ID Northern Virginia Family Services-Housing, Food Financial Assistance: 571-748-2552 ARLINGTON: The Department of Environmental Services will be waiving late fees on the County utility bill for furloughed federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. Affected customers should call the County’s Customer Contact Center at 703-228-6570 to see if we may able to assist in a payment arrangement to avoid any late fees. This will be on a case-by-case basis. If you are having trouble meeting a tax deadline due to the furlough, call the Treasurer’s Office at 703-228-4000 for information about the Taxpayer Assistance Program. Arlington Public Library may waive outstanding overdue fines for furloughed federal employees. Affected patrons should visit any location or contact the Library (703-228-5940) and provide a valid federal employee ID. The Department of Parks and Recreation maintains a Fee Reduction Policy for individuals or families who might have difficulty paying park and recreation fees. Small businesses needing assistance can contact Arlington BizLaunch, the County’s small business and entrepreneurial assistance network. Please contact the office if you are seeking assistance on how to restructure your business, financing or to discuss changes to your business strategy. VIENNA The Town of Vienna is delaying payment for Water & Sewer bills due January 31 until the furlough is over. No late fees will be assessed on these bills. To sign up stop by Town Hall with your federal ID or call water & sewer customer service @ 703-255-6385. Committee for Helping Others (Vienna)-Food/Financial Assistance: 703 281 7614 ALEXANDRIA If you are in a crisis and need to talk to someone, call the CrisisLink Hotline at 703.527.4077 or text “connect” to 85511 (for TTY, dial 711), or the Department of Community & Human Services Emergency Services at 703.746.3401. Food Assistance: https://www.alexandriava.gov/dchs/economicsupport/default.aspx?id=107606 ACPS Students can apply for free/reduced-price meals based on current income LOUDOUN COUNTY Fees waived for Loudoun County Transit MONTGOMERY COUNTY Website with all resources: https://montgomerycountymd.gov/mcg/fed_employee-furlough.html Manna Food Center (MoCo)- eliminated income requirements for assistance: (301) 424-1130 DC Website for coordinated services: https://dc.gov/shutdown PET Kriser Natural Pet and Bark! Pawsitive Petfood: Free bag of dog or cat food with ID PET FOOD PANTRIES District of Colombia Pet Pantry 1201 New York Avenue Washington, DC 20005 Must be a DC resident 202-735-0334 Northern Virginia Ani-Meals Program Humane Society of Fairfax County 4057 Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, VA 22030 703-385-PETS (7387) Loudon Pet Pantry Loudoun County Animal Services 39820 Charles Town Pike Waterford, VA 20197 703-777-0406 Pet Food Pantry Prince William SPCA Woodbridge, VA 22195 571-748-2680 Maryland Pet FoodBank SPCA of Ann Arundel County 1815 Bay Ridge Avenue Annapolis, MD 21403 443-632-8303 Emergency Pet Food Bank Frederick County Humane Society 550 Highland Street, STE 200 Frederick, MD 21701 301-694-8300 Chompers Pet Food Bank The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County 12 Park Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Must be a Montgomery County, MD resident 301-740-2511
Wonderful event today. Informative and inspirational. So proud of my fellow early childhood colleagues at NOVA for the NAEYC accreditation AND the recognition and award from NVAEYC today for this accomplishment. Liz Cassidy and team organized a successful summit!
Just registered for the NAEYC annual confernce in D.C. for Nov. 14-16. $295 early bird registration with member discount. Not bad! See you there !!!
Enjoying my new NVAEYC water bottle!!