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)
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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 readiness, and reading proficiency of young children, ages 0-8. We provide resources for parents and caregivers through a variety of events, trainings, and article shares. 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. Some of GrowSmart's programming includes: Early Education Small Business Training Program, Provider Training series, Virginia Beach Reads, Virginia Quality initiative, and a few other events for children and families.

Mission: Virginia Beach GrowSmart seeks to promote and improve the healthy development, school readiness, and reading proficiency of young children, ages 0-8.

Operating as usual

Check out the newest training calendar in partnership with Children's Harbor Hampton Roads, R U Ready Chesapeake, and Po...
10/07/2020

Check out the newest training calendar in partnership with Children's Harbor Hampton Roads, R U Ready Chesapeake, and Portsmouth Reads ⬇️

EXCITING NEWS! Recently, our local campaign for grade level reading, VB READS, was honored as a Campaign for Grade-Level...
10/01/2020

EXCITING NEWS! Recently, our local campaign for grade level reading, VB READS, was honored as a Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's Pacesetter in Summer and Afterschool. Special shoutout to Virginia Beach Public Library and VBSchools for leading the charge in the program implementation.

Read more here: https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/news/news-item-1-1-2

09/24/2020
Virtual LENA Start classes bring families with young children together

LENA Start has gone virtual! Virginia Beach families, join us from the comfort of your home and be empowered to build your baby’s brain. Early talk is crucial to supporting the health development of your child.

Learn more about LENA Start in Virginia Beach ➡️ https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/lena-start

Interested? Fill out a Caregiver Interest Form and email it to [email protected] ➡️ https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/_assets/Docs/Fillable_LENA_Start_Caregiver_Interest_Sheet.pdf

https://youtu.be/QPUdE5FpBgs

LENA Start is an evidence-based community program designed to engage families and help them learn how to increase conversation with their children during the...

09/17/2020
94.9 The Point

Give a shout out to your virtual learning heroes! Tune into 94.9 The Point in the mornings to hear the messages played back - thank your teachers, children, parents and child care provider! You guys ROCK and are doing great - give a shout out on the homeschool hotline @ 965-2368!

Mike and Woo Work’s Homeschool Hotline!

Call Now 757.965.2368

Brought to you by Virginia Beach GrowSmart.

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Be sure to get registered with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation for Out-of-School Time’s Before & After School Programs...
09/15/2020

Be sure to get registered with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation for Out-of-School Time’s Before & After School Programs ⬇️

🚸 Important Childcare Info! 🧒🏾
Tomorrow, Sept 16 at noon, we will begin taking registrations for our regular ✏️ Out-of-School Time Before and After School Programs 🍎 with a tentative start date of Oct 6 (pending the return the in-person instruction by VBCPS.) For locations, cost, and registration instructions, visit VBgov.com/childcare.

Thank you 94.9 The Point for sharing about LENA Start!  Interested? Send us your Caregiver Interest Form ➡️ https://www....
09/14/2020

Thank you 94.9 The Point for sharing about LENA Start!

Interested? Send us your Caregiver Interest Form ➡️https://www.vbgrowsmart.com/_assets/Docs/Fillable_LENA_Start_Caregiver_Interest_Sheet.pdf

Mike and Woo Woo's #HomeschoolHotline wants to hear from YOU! Call now & leave a message letting us know how Virtual Learning is going for you, or leave a shout out for a special teacher or student. Anything school related, leave a message after the beep! 757.965.2368

#HomeschoolHotline brought to you by Virginia Beach GrowSmart. Visit VBGrowSmart.com for more information !

09/09/2020
Piecing Together Solutions: An Essential Industry for Economic Recovery

Thank you, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, for shining a light on the world or early childhood education. GrowSmart, along with Virginia Beach City Government, is extremely grateful for our Virginia Beach-based programs who have served the community over these last 6 months and will continue to do so moving forward.

Childcare is a absolutely essential to American business, but it is crucial that we find the supports to stabilize the industry as the pandemic continues (and beyond).

Be sure to thank these everyday heroes, who continue to quietly show up for us.

In a series of in-depth conversations, childcare providers of varying types and sizes from across the country highlight how the pandemic has magnified the di...

Wishing everyone a wonderful first day of school! Here’s to a great year ahead 👏
09/08/2020

Wishing everyone a wonderful first day of school! Here’s to a great year ahead 👏

Happy first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year!

Share your photos with us using the hashtag, #VBDAYONE.

We hope everyone has a great day!

Are you a parent/caregiver to a child 0-3 years old? Join us for LENA Start this Fall! Information below on the virtual ...
09/08/2020

Are you a parent/caregiver to a child 0-3 years old? Join us for LENA Start this Fall! Information below on the virtual options to participate with us or Virginia Beach Public Library ⬇️

LENA Start is coming back this Fall! Join GrowSmart or Virginia Beach Public Library virtually for classes.

For more info., email us at [email protected]

Join Dr. Spence tomorrow for the final #VBSafeTogether session ⬇️
09/02/2020

Join Dr. Spence tomorrow for the final #VBSafeTogether session ⬇️

Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence will host the final #VBSafeTogether info session, Thurs. Sept. 3 from 6-7 p.m., focusing on Being Safe Together as School Returns. This session will include questions from parents, students, employees and community members about the reopening of schools. To register and join the Zoom info session: https://bit.ly/2QE7QQu

Safe Learning Centers information below ⬇️
08/31/2020

Safe Learning Centers information below ⬇️

You've been so patient while we've been working with VBCPS to get the plans for the new Safe Learning Centers in place. Registration for the general public begins NOW! First priority has been given to City essential workers and teachers, and we have a limited number of spaces available for working parents who are in still need of childcare during the period in which VBCPS is in the red virtual learning setting. An FAQ has been posted on the website to answer your questions, but here is a snapshot of what the Parks & Program involves:
✏️Students in grades K-5
✏️Hours: 6:30 am to 6 pm, M-F
✏️Locations: 22 designated VB elementary schools (see list on website). Note, you do not have to register your child at their home school site!
✏️Cost: $160 for the first 2 weeks, $80 for each week following as long as schools are still in virtual learning.
🍎 ➡️ Register now! VBgov.com/childcare

As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, the Virginia Beach Child Care Task Force has compiled a database of resources f...
08/31/2020
Child Care Resources

As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, the Virginia Beach Child Care Task Force has compiled a database of resources for families, to include a map of child care programs in the city. Be sure to check out the link below ⬇️

A task group comprised of VB Schools staff, City of Virginia Beach staff, local youth-serving agencies and faith-based leaders, has compiled a database of resources to assist families as they select child care options to meet their children's care and learning support needs during virtual learning a...

Don’t miss out on our Fall LENA Start virtual offerings! ⬇️
08/28/2020

Don’t miss out on our Fall LENA Start virtual offerings! ⬇️

LENA Start is coming back this Fall! Join GrowSmart or Virginia Beach Public Library virtually for classes.

For more info., email us at [email protected]

Mile High Kids and Community Development Inc. is still currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. S...
08/18/2020

Mile High Kids and Community Development Inc. is still currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. See info. below ⬇️

We're still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 School Year. 📚

To register, simply SCAN the code and APPLY!!!
#LivingLifeAMileHigh

LENA Start is coming back this Fall! Join GrowSmart or Virginia Beach Public Library virtually for classes. For more inf...
08/14/2020

LENA Start is coming back this Fall! Join GrowSmart or Virginia Beach Public Library virtually for classes.

For more info., email us at [email protected]

*ATTENTION* Child Care providers apply today for PPE and Cleaning Supplies!
08/13/2020

*ATTENTION* Child Care providers apply today for PPE and Cleaning Supplies!

It's that time! Applications are available for a select number of child care programs to receive a FREE package of PPE and cleaning supplies- including a set quantity of face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, gloves, and hand soap. Apply today through August 31st. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Application: https://bit.ly/2PKiIfi

It is a privilege to be able to support the incredible work our child care professionals are doing during this time. A big thanks to #ATTImpact for their contribution.

08/13/2020

🎉CONGRATS to our newest LENA Start graduates! GrowSmart, among with partners from Virginia Beach Public Library and Virginia Beach Dept of Human Services, launched classes in the spring. While COVID created a programming, we relaunched virtually this summer with our families. We are so proud of you all!

*NEW* classes launching virtually in September!

Calling all Virginia Beach families❗️ Be sure to complete Minus 9 to 5’s survey about your child care needs for the upco...
08/12/2020
Hampton Roads Families! We need your input on child care needs during the pandemic!

Calling all Virginia Beach families❗️ Be sure to complete Minus 9 to 5’s survey about your child care needs for the upcoming school year.

Minus 9 to 5 and Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula need your help. Please take the survey titled "COVID 19 Child Care Survey" to help us better understand the child care needs in the community. Please share with other parents with children under 13 years old.

This is great news for our early care and education programs and professionals. Support early care!
07/30/2020
SmartBeginnings

This is great news for our early care and education programs and professionals. Support early care!

Grateful for the leadership of VA's own @BobbyScott and other US House of Representatives members who recognized the critical importance of child care through passage of the #ChildCareisEssentialAct and #ChildCareforEconomicRecoveryAct. Thank you!

Virginia Beach GrowSmart is committed to ensuring young children are supported in their early development and offer LENA...
07/26/2020
LENA

Virginia Beach GrowSmart is committed to ensuring young children are supported in their early development and offer LENA Start,Grow and Home with our community partners. Ensuring children experience a healthy start supports them in their future learning and life success.

Take a look at how school districts around the country are using LENA programs to improve kindergarten readiness and boost child outcomes.

• It's time to invest in the education and compensation of essential #earlychildhood educators. That's why I'm in for th...
07/24/2020

• It's time to invest in the education and compensation of essential #earlychildhood educators. That's why I'm in for the Unifying Framework. RT if you agree & check out PowerToTheProfession.org to watch, talk, and learn more.

GrowSmart is proud to be a Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Pacesetter Community for Supporting Early School Success wit...
07/17/2020

GrowSmart is proud to be a Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Pacesetter Community for Supporting Early School Success with exemplary work in the using technology, as well as a Pacesetter Finalist for Summer & Afterschool work.

Our collaborative system and partners Virginia Beach City Government makes all of our work possible and helps move the needle on school readiness and grade level-reading. This recognition of the hard work is made possible through the entire GrowSmart Team:
- Virginia Beach Public Library
- United Way of South Hampton Roads
- Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation
- VBSchools
- Virginia Beach Health Department
- Mile High Kids and Community Development Inc.
- Virginia Beach Department of Human Services
- Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development
- City of Virginia Beach Office of Volunteer Resources
- LENA

• Investing in the #earlychildhood education profession is essential to ensuring quality, affordable, and accessible #ch...
07/17/2020

• Investing in the #earlychildhood education profession is essential to ensuring quality, affordable, and accessible #childcare that is critical for our nation’s economic recovery. Visit PowerToTheProfession.org to learn more!

If you are an Early Education program and did not apply for  PPP loan or had issues when applying,join this webinar for ...
07/14/2020

If you are an Early Education program and did not apply for PPP loan or had issues when applying,join this webinar for some tips. The PPP application deadline has been extended and there is still funding available.

Child care providers (both home- and center-based) who have not been able to successfully access, apply for, or receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are invited to join a briefing on Thursday, July 16 at 1:00 pm. The briefing will feature representatives who will share guidance/tips for applications for the PPP program. Register here: https://bit.ly/38U4Asx

Countdown to Kindergarten continues ⬇️
07/13/2020

Countdown to Kindergarten continues ⬇️

Will your child be age 5 by September 30? If so, NOW is the time to register for kindergarten.
Visit www.ReadySetRegisterHR.org for more information on what you'll need for registration and where to make an apointment to turn in your forms.

• The challenges of the #COVID19 crisis show how much #earlychildhood educators need a unified profession so we can stan...
07/10/2020

• The challenges of the #COVID19 crisis show how much #earlychildhood educators need a unified profession so we can stand together across states and settings! The Unifying Framework offers a path to get there. Learn more at PowerToTheProfession.org

Early Care and Education Leaders  - join us next week for the Directors Leadership Academy. Let’s discuss the newest gui...
07/03/2020

Early Care and Education Leaders - join us next week for the Directors Leadership Academy. Let’s discuss the newest guideline for Phase 3 operations, discuss fall operations and up-to-date funding sources. Register today!

It's not too late to join us for free on Zoom to learn how to navigate your business during Covid-19!

Child care is open and taking extra precautions for the safety of the children and staff. It is still a hard decision fo...
06/27/2020
Many parents facing new daycare dilemma

Child care is open and taking extra precautions for the safety of the children and staff. It is still a hard decision for families who are going back to work. This news story shares the challenges families have faced during COVID -working from home with young children, to finding a safe child care option if you are heading back to work.

As people transition back to the workplace, many parents will have to make a tough decision about child care.

Join Chesapeake Health Department this Saturday for immunizations ⬇️
06/23/2020

Join Chesapeake Health Department this Saturday for immunizations ⬇️

Join NAMI Coastal Virginia this Thursday!
06/22/2020

Join NAMI Coastal Virginia this Thursday!

The effects are devastating- please read this story about the reality of the pandemic on early care and education. The e...
06/18/2020
First Five Years Fund

The effects are devastating- please read this story about the reality of the pandemic on early care and education. The effects on childhood development are dramatic 😞. Change is needed and public support is critical.

“I’m struggling to pay the mortgage, the lights, to keep the water running and pay for the cleaning supplies I need just to stay open.”

#Childcare providers are facing increased expenses and decreased enrollment, making it challenging to break even.

Early education providers - check out this grant available to small businesses and women/minority owned providers. This ...
06/11/2020
Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development

Early education providers - check out this grant available to small businesses and women/minority owned providers. This is a quick turn around so act quickly!

Truist-LISC Small Business Release Grants - Available June 11th - June 17th
Thanks to a $5 million grant from Truist, and other partners, LISC will provide the emergency assistance that small businesses desperately need to stay afloat. Grants of up to $10,000 each to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. For more information, visit this site.https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/small-business-assistance/small-business-relief-grants/truist/

As Virginia continues to reopen, child care will be a critical piece to ensure the smooth transition back to work. Smart...
06/09/2020

As Virginia continues to reopen, child care will be a critical piece to ensure the smooth transition back to work. SmartBeginnings has a task force committed to ensuring the child care system is stable and supported during this time. Please take time to fill out the short survey below to help the Back to Work Virginia Task Force understand the needs of our workforce.

As Virginians return to work, child care is a critical workforce support. To better understand employer perspectives on the child care needs of employees, we need employers across the Commonwealth to complete this short survey. Responses will inform Back to Work Virginia: A Child Care Recovery and Renaissance Task Force whose recommendations for an improved child care system will support Virginia's families, businesses, and economy. You can access the survey here: https://bit.ly/2MM8ucZ.

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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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