Virginia Beach GrowSmart

Virginia Beach GrowSmart GrowSmart is the City of Virginia Beach's early learning effort. We provide information and resources for parents & educators of young children, ages 0-8. 2013 "Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation" (Alliance for Innovation)

GrowSmart is the City of Virginia Beach's early childhood education initiative. We strive to ensure every child in Virginia Beach will be born healthy; enter kindergarten ready to learn; and continue to read proficiently through third grade, establishing a strong foundation for success in school and in life. Virginia Beach GrowSmart exists to promote and improve the healthy development, school rea

GrowSmart is the City of Virginia Beach's early childhood education initiative. We strive to ensure every child in Virginia Beach will be born healthy; enter kindergarten ready to learn; and continue to read proficiently through third grade, establishing a strong foundation for success in school and in life. Virginia Beach GrowSmart exists to promote and improve the healthy development, school rea

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January is National Mentoring Month and Virginia Beach GrowSmart wants to celebrate and thank our First Grade Reads volu...
01/14/2022

January is National Mentoring Month and Virginia Beach GrowSmart wants to celebrate and thank our First Grade Reads volunteers. These committed, community volunteers support striving first grade readers by sharing their time each week. By supporting our young learners in reading, they make a meaningful difference in their lives. THANK YOU!!! to all of our volunteers - we appreciate you! First Grade Reads is a collaborative program with VBSchools to support the love of learning and literacy development. Learn more at: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/tutoring-program

January is National Mentoring Month and Virginia Beach GrowSmart wants to celebrate and thank our First Grade Reads volunteers. These committed, community volunteers support striving first grade readers by sharing their time each week. By supporting our young learners in reading, they make a meaningful difference in their lives. THANK YOU!!! to all of our volunteers - we appreciate you! First Grade Reads is a collaborative program with VBSchools to support the love of learning and literacy development. Learn more at: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/tutoring-program

Virginia Beach GrowSmart wishes each of you a magical holiday and healthy, happy 2022!!!
12/22/2021

Virginia Beach GrowSmart wishes each of you a magical holiday and healthy, happy 2022!!!

Virginia Beach GrowSmart wishes each of you a magical holiday and healthy, happy 2022!!!

VBGrowSmart would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to our most recent Lena START Graduates!! Our grads achieved a 96% graduat...
12/22/2021

VBGrowSmart would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to our most recent Lena START Graduates!! Our grads achieved a 96% graduation rate and large increases in language skills among their babies. Just check the stats: they increased conversational turns +34 percentile, increased adult words +38 percentile, increased their reading +13 minutes each day, and saw +37 percentile gains in receptive and expressive language. Let’s give our grads a big round of applause!!
Are you a parent or caregiver interested in seeing your child’s language development grow or know someone who might be interested? Visit https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/lena-start for more information.

VBGrowSmart would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to our most recent Lena START Graduates!! Our grads achieved a 96% graduation rate and large increases in language skills among their babies. Just check the stats: they increased conversational turns +34 percentile, increased adult words +38 percentile, increased their reading +13 minutes each day, and saw +37 percentile gains in receptive and expressive language. Let’s give our grads a big round of applause!!
Are you a parent or caregiver interested in seeing your child’s language development grow or know someone who might be interested? Visit https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/lena-start for more information.

Virginia Beach GrowSmart wants to wish all of our early care and education providers, community partners, families and c...
11/24/2021

Virginia Beach GrowSmart wants to wish all of our early care and education providers, community partners, families and children a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for each and everyone of you! It's our collective spirit and collaboration that creates a sense of community which supports the healthy development of our children. #grateful

Virginia Beach GrowSmart wants to wish all of our early care and education providers, community partners, families and children a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for each and everyone of you! It's our collective spirit and collaboration that creates a sense of community which supports the healthy development of our children. #grateful

Please help us in congratulating Our Lil Miracles! They achieved the highest Level in Virginia Quality – a Level 5!!  Th...
10/22/2021

Please help us in congratulating Our Lil Miracles! They achieved the highest Level in Virginia Quality – a Level 5!! They also achieved National Accreditation with NAEYC. These distinctions demonstrate their commitment to providing high quality early education in VB. They are only the second program to be rated a Level 5 in the Eastern Region and are also the only Level 5 program which takes DSS subsidy. Give them a big round of applause! Our Lil' Miracles Childcare / Academy Virginia Quality Eastern Region at Tidewater Community College Thank you for your commitment to our children, families and community!! You are making a difference in the healthy development and kindergarten readiness of our children.

Please help us in congratulating Our Lil Miracles! They achieved the highest Level in Virginia Quality – a Level 5!! They also achieved National Accreditation with NAEYC. These distinctions demonstrate their commitment to providing high quality early education in VB. They are only the second program to be rated a Level 5 in the Eastern Region and are also the only Level 5 program which takes DSS subsidy. Give them a big round of applause! Our Lil' Miracles Childcare / Academy Virginia Quality Eastern Region at Tidewater Community College Thank you for your commitment to our children, families and community!! You are making a difference in the healthy development and kindergarten readiness of our children.

Virginia Beach GrowSmart is HIRING!!! Come join an innovative team who works to support the healthy development and scho...
10/19/2021
Hiring Development Specialist, ECO 020 GrowSmart - ECO-GrowSmart-Adm Econ Pgms

Virginia Beach GrowSmart is HIRING!!! Come join an innovative team who works to support the healthy development and school readiness of our children as well as our early education industry and professionals. Our Development Specialist plays a critical role in connecting local businesses to the important role quality child care plays in our economic vitality, as well as secure grants & sponsorship to support our innovative work. Join us in building a bright future for all!

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Please help us in congratulating Princess Anne ECE on achieving a Level 4 in Virginia Quality! This achievement distingu...
10/19/2021

Please help us in congratulating Princess Anne ECE on achieving a Level 4 in Virginia Quality! This achievement distinguishes their commitment to quality early education. Research shows that a child’s brain develops rapidly between the ages of 0-5 years. Quality early education ensures our children are getting a strong start in life and builds a strong foundation for all future learning. Let’s give these awesome educators a round of applause! Princess Anne Early Childhood Center achieved the distinction of the only Level 4 rated program in Virginia Beach. Great job!! Thank you for supporting our families, children and community Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Virginia Quality Eastern Region at Tidewater Community College

Please help us in congratulating Princess Anne ECE on achieving a Level 4 in Virginia Quality! This achievement distinguishes their commitment to quality early education. Research shows that a child’s brain develops rapidly between the ages of 0-5 years. Quality early education ensures our children are getting a strong start in life and builds a strong foundation for all future learning. Let’s give these awesome educators a round of applause! Princess Anne Early Childhood Center achieved the distinction of the only Level 4 rated program in Virginia Beach. Great job!! Thank you for supporting our families, children and community Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Virginia Quality Eastern Region at Tidewater Community College

You still have time to attend our FALL LENA START information sessions which begin next week!  CALLING ALL PARENTS AND C...
09/24/2021

You still have time to attend our FALL LENA START information sessions which begin next week!

CALLING ALL PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN AGES 0-3: GrowSmart is offering FREE LENA Start classes for the fall that begin in September. These classes aim to make a difference in your baby’s life through early talk and interaction! If you are interested, see more information and complete an interest form at: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/lena-start”

You still have time to attend our FALL LENA START information sessions which begin next week!

CALLING ALL PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN AGES 0-3: GrowSmart is offering FREE LENA Start classes for the fall that begin in September. These classes aim to make a difference in your baby’s life through early talk and interaction! If you are interested, see more information and complete an interest form at: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/lena-start”

Calling all early care and education professionals!  We are offering a FREE Conscious Discipline training on Friday, Aug...
08/18/2021
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Calling all early care and education professionals! We are offering a FREE Conscious Discipline training on Friday, August 27th OR Saturday, August 28th. Register now at: https://sqone.org/event/conscious-discipline/ and view this video to learn more about Conscious Discipline https://consciousdiscipline.com/videos/the-company-story-of-conscious-discipline/

This site was designed to provide information and resources for Virginia Beach parents, caregivers,and teachers of young children, ages 0-8. The site is also intended for our community stakeholders who wish to find out more about the City of Virginia Beach’s early learning efforts and how you can ...

CALLING ALL PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN AGES 0-3: GrowSmart is offering FREE LENA Start classes for the fall that...
08/09/2021

CALLING ALL PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN AGES 0-3: GrowSmart is offering FREE LENA Start classes for the fall that begin in September. These classes aim to make a difference in your baby’s life through early talk and interaction! If you are interested, see more information and complete an interest form at: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/lena-start”

CALLING ALL PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN AGES 0-3: GrowSmart is offering FREE LENA Start classes for the fall that begin in September. These classes aim to make a difference in your baby’s life through early talk and interaction! If you are interested, see more information and complete an interest form at: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/lena-start”

We are excited to launch the First Grade READS program for the upcoming school year!  If you'd like to join us in suppor...
07/20/2021
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We are excited to launch the First Grade READS program for the upcoming school year! If you'd like to join us in supporting our striving readers visit: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/tutoring-program

This site was designed to provide information and resources for Virginia Beach parents, caregivers,and teachers of young children, ages 0-8. The site is also intended for our community stakeholders who wish to find out more about the City of Virginia Beach’s early learning efforts and how you can ...

Let's give a BIG round of applause to our GROW graduates for the past year!  These early education professionals and pro...
07/07/2021

Let's give a BIG round of applause to our GROW graduates for the past year! These early education professionals and programs committed to coaching and strengthening their classroom language environment and program interactions. Their dedication supports the healthy development and love of learning of our youngest learners! Congratulations and THANK YOU to:
Barefoot Kids Christian Day School, First Discovery Academy at Indian River, Holistic Life Schools, Making A Difference Step By Step, Parish Day School, The Gathering Academic Preschool- Lynnhaven Location, Mile High Kids and Community Development Inc.,and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation.

Let's give a BIG round of applause to our GROW graduates for the past year! These early education professionals and programs committed to coaching and strengthening their classroom language environment and program interactions. Their dedication supports the healthy development and love of learning of our youngest learners! Congratulations and THANK YOU to:
Barefoot Kids Christian Day School, First Discovery Academy at Indian River, Holistic Life Schools, Making A Difference Step By Step, Parish Day School, The Gathering Academic Preschool- Lynnhaven Location, Mile High Kids and Community Development Inc.,and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation.

It's not too late to join our Summer LENA START classes for Virginia Beach families with children ages 0 - 3 years. Emai...
06/14/2021

It's not too late to join our Summer LENA START classes for Virginia Beach families with children ages 0 - 3 years. Email us at [email protected] or call 757-385-0144 for more info!

It's not too late to join our Summer LENA START classes for Virginia Beach families with children ages 0 - 3 years. Email us at [email protected] or call 757-385-0144 for more info!

This is a must read to understand the challenges the child care industry is facing. They need a qualified workforce so t...
06/14/2021
Major staffing shortages beset Virginia's child care providers - Virginia Mercury

This is a must read to understand the challenges the child care industry is facing. They need a qualified workforce so they can open up enrollment and support others in joining the workforce. Support our #earlyed professionals.

After more than a year of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosalind Cutchins is braced for a busy June as she prepares to reopen two Head Start programs at her child care centers across the Hampton Roads region. But she’s been confronted by a staffing shortfall — 22 unfilled positions across ei...

Are you looking for a job that makes a meaningful difference?  Do you want to build a brighter future for children and o...
06/09/2021

Are you looking for a job that makes a meaningful difference? Do you want to build a brighter future for children and our community? The child care industry is HIRING! Plus, you can get FREE training and a BONUS once you are employed at a center for a month. Register for the HR Child Care Training Program https://vasharedservices.acquire4hire.com/careers/details.json?id=20908&source=17
Need assistance finding or paying for childcare to participate? Visit: https://www.dss.virginia.gov/cc/parents/index.html?pageID=4

Are you looking for a job that makes a meaningful difference? Do you want to build a brighter future for children and our community? The child care industry is HIRING! Plus, you can get FREE training and a BONUS once you are employed at a center for a month. Register for the HR Child Care Training Program https://vasharedservices.acquire4hire.com/careers/details.json?id=20908&source=17
Need assistance finding or paying for childcare to participate? Visit: https://www.dss.virginia.gov/cc/parents/index.html?pageID=4

Calling All Parents & Caregivers of children ages 0 - 3 years of age!  We are registering for our FREE LENA START parent...
06/04/2021

Calling All Parents & Caregivers of children ages 0 - 3 years of age! We are registering for our FREE LENA START parent groups. LENA Start supports families with simple techniques and talking tips you can utilize in your daily routines. Explore how to support your child's healthy development through early talk and interaction. Parents receive amazing resources and weekly books to build a home library and early love of learning! For more information email us at [email protected] or visit: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/lena-start
#talkbuildsbabiesbrains #parentshavethepower

Calling All Parents & Caregivers of children ages 0 - 3 years of age! We are registering for our FREE LENA START parent groups. LENA Start supports families with simple techniques and talking tips you can utilize in your daily routines. Explore how to support your child's healthy development through early talk and interaction. Parents receive amazing resources and weekly books to build a home library and early love of learning! For more information email us at [email protected] or visit: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/lena-start
#talkbuildsbabiesbrains #parentshavethepower

Have you heard the news about HB2206?  This bill has expanded access to help with child care costs. The Child Care Subsi...
06/04/2021

Have you heard the news about HB2206? This bill has expanded access to help with child care costs. The Child Care Subsidy Program has temporarily expanded eligibility (including income eligibility and job search eligibility) through July 31, 2021 to now include job search as a qualifying category. Previously, parents or guardians had to be employed or participating in a work-related training or education program to qualify. Visit www.ChildCareVa.com to learn more. https://www.dss.virginia.gov/cc/parents/index.html?pageID=4

Have you heard the news about HB2206? This bill has expanded access to help with child care costs. The Child Care Subsidy Program has temporarily expanded eligibility (including income eligibility and job search eligibility) through July 31, 2021 to now include job search as a qualifying category. Previously, parents or guardians had to be employed or participating in a work-related training or education program to qualify. Visit www.ChildCareVa.com to learn more. https://www.dss.virginia.gov/cc/parents/index.html?pageID=4

It is the time of year to celebrate our GRADUATES!!!  GrowSmart wants to congratulate all of our LENA START families who...
05/24/2021

It is the time of year to celebrate our GRADUATES!!! GrowSmart wants to congratulate all of our LENA START families who graduated this spring!! What a committed group of families who spent 11 weeks strengthening their early talk skills with their babies! Today we want to celebrate each of you!!! Want to learn more about LENA START - visit: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/lena-start . New classes begin in JUNE!! #parentshavethepower #talkbuildsbabiesbrains

It is the time of year to celebrate our GRADUATES!!! GrowSmart wants to congratulate all of our LENA START families who graduated this spring!! What a committed group of families who spent 11 weeks strengthening their early talk skills with their babies! Today we want to celebrate each of you!!! Want to learn more about LENA START - visit: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/lena-start . New classes begin in JUNE!! #parentshavethepower #talkbuildsbabiesbrains

Today was an exciting day!  Virginia Beach welcomed First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam, Delegate Nancy Guy, Mayor Bob...
05/20/2021

Today was an exciting day! Virginia Beach welcomed First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam, Delegate Nancy Guy, Mayor Bobby Dyer and Councilman Michael Berlucchi at one our child care centers Childcare Network. First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam has been such a champion for early education and an advocate for families. It was a joy to celebrate CNI62's commitment to serving young children and families. CNI62 participates in Virginia Quality, is a DSS Subsidy vendor and engages in Infant Toddler Specialist coaching. We are so grateful for the commitment and vision of our First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam and our State and Local leadership for supporting #earlyeducation . If you need assistance with child care visit: https://www.dss.virginia.gov/cc/parents/index.html?pageID=4&fbclid=IwAR2cQQ9qdHlMa1aL2B6hxb3kHitpGbFCxXFxNu-Qgd5YA2ZPjSOjEJkP0Ck

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Virginia Beach GrowSmart is the City of Virginia Beach’s early childhood education initiative. GrowSmart was created in 2009 when the former “Ready to Learn” team of the Virginia Beach Public Libraries formed a strong partnership with the Virginia Beach Health Department’s Healthy Families Virginia Beach program. Under the new name of GrowSmart, a team of practitioners, led by a full-time GrowSmart Coordinator, came together regularly to assess the state of early childhood in our city and region and to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated local early childhood system.

The GrowSmart office was strategically moved from the Department of Public Libraries to the Department of Economic Development in 2011. This important organizational shift represents our City’s understanding that early childhood education is an important economic issue. Workforce development begins in the years prior to kindergarten, when brain development occurs most rapidly. By helping our youngest children to grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school, we do what is right not just for our citizens, but for our future economic vitality.

Our Work ​​Virginia Beach GrowSmart exists to promote and improve the healthy development, school readiness, and reading proficiency of young children, ages 0-8. If you are a parent or caregiver of a young child, please visit our “Parents” page for resources and information on raising healthy, happy, and school-ready children. In addition to providing resources for parents and families, GrowSmart offers programming to ensure the availability of high-quality early education and to promote reading proficiency by third grade.

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🎈RAAD (Read Across America) DAY🎈 Thank you Virginia Beach GrowSmart for our wonderful books!
VB PUBLIC SCHOOLS PARENTS ... Will you be sending your children back to school when they resume in class instruction? Comment below AND leave a message on our Homeschool Hotline. Call now and share your thoughts about VB Public Schools return to in class instruction. Leave a message after the beep! 757.965.2368 Homeschool Hotline brought to you by Virginia Beach GrowSmart.
We’re pleased to announce that Mile High Kids has been awarded a grant from the Administration for Children and Families for $198,000.00. This award will be used for making technology upgrades, training and the purchase of PPE equipment. Thank you to our staff, students and parents who continue to push Mile High Kids to new heights !! #LivingLifeAMileHigh Delegate Glenn Davis Elaine Luria for Congress Mayor Bobby Dyer Sabrina Wooten, Virginia Beach City Council Member Virginia Beach GrowSmart
A LENA Start coordinator from Virginia Beach GrowSmart put together this fun video of how she's talking with her toddler about the ABCs while her family stays at home. How are you engaging with little ones in new ways these days? Share your ideas in the comments!
Thank you Councilman Aaron Rouse for being part of Read Across America Day at Parish Day School and caring about these little hearts and minds❤️Virginia Beach GrowSmart
Virginia Beach GrowSmart offers resources to support military families in the Hampton Roads, VA area. Check them out here!
Attending LENA Start classes through Virginia Beach GrowSmart helped the Ochoa family to realize how important it is to speak Spanish with their children.
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Recap: Celebrating Providers Event! Saturday, May 4, 2019. Thank you to our partners R U Ready Chesapeake, Minus 9 to 5 Portsmouth Reads, Virginia Quality, Children's Harbor Hampton Roads, and Virginia Beach GrowSmart, and to the wonderful attendees, you rock!
Tonight!!! Please come out and represent Mile High Kids and Community! This is a totally free event. Every time we go, we have a blast. Virginia Beach GrowSmart #LivingLifeAMileHigh
Virginia Beach CASA is excited to partner with Virginia Beach GrowSmart to host Celebrating Children & Pinwheel Palooza! This event is the culmination of our Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign. A fun, FREE family event complete with games, activities and a 1 mile fun run! For more event information and to register visit https://www.virginiabeachcasa.org/palooza
Barbara Lito, look what Grayson got 😍. Thank you!!!