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Watch: Challenge Campaign Video for The New E3 School

Earlier this month, we kicked off our Challenge Campaign for The New E3 School in Norfolk, VA. To help us make the case for the importance of investing in early education, we called in a few friends to help us out.  Check it out below! Want to learn more about The New E3 School?  Click […]

In The News: Members Announced for Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success

  You may have heard that last month, Governor McAuliffe announced the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success, saying, “The Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success and its members are charged with ensuring that every child born in Virginia has the resources he or she needs to succeed in school and thrive in a new Virginia economy.” […]

Virginia Is For Kids & Families: Charlottesville

Sadly, it’s time to wrap up our mini-tour of great places for kids and families across Virginia.  Our fourth and final stop?   Charlottesville! Charlottesville isn’t just for college kids, there are SO many fun things for children and families! Here are some favorites: Carter’s Mountain–head up to Cater’s Mountain for peach and apple picking […]

Virginia Is For Kids & Families: Roanoke

  Today, we continue to hop across Virginia scouting out great places for kids and families.  Today’s city was sent into us from Julie, mother of 4.  Below are some of her family’s favorite spots: Mill Mountain Park–it’s a one-stop shop with hiking, play ground, a small zoo, and a picnic area.  Click here to […]

Virginia Is For Kids & Families: Abingdon

  We are continuing to move through Virginia and highlight great spots across The Commonwealth for kids and families.  Last week, we popped into Virginia Beach and today we’re heading to Abingdon, VA! Abingdon is a great family spot with SO much to do! Get outside for a family hike or bike ride. Have a […]

Let’s Be #1 For Kids & Families

  Who says, “Virginia is for Lovers?” Virginia should be for kids and families! Do you know a great community in Virginia that makes kids and families #1? Tell us all about them by sending a quick blurb describing how your city or town put kids first. And, we love photos too!! Check out Virginia […]

R U Ready 4 K?

Is your child ready for kindergarten? Check out our kindergarten transition checklist to help you both ease into kindergarten this fall! MAKING THE JUMP: Successfully Moving From Preschool to Kindergarten Need some help to get your little one transition to kindergarten?  Look no further!  Here are a few simple tips for making the jump from […]

In The News: SBDC of Hampton Roads Recognized for Work With Early Education

Last month The Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (SBDC) was selected as Virginia’s Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center by the U.S. Small Business Administration Richmond District Office for their work with the Early Education Small Business Mentoring Program, an innovative program that has transformed local businesses, providing care and education to […]

Virginia’s Kindergarten Readiness Project Update

Back in February, we filled you in on the latest in regards to Virginia’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (VKRP). Good news!  Phase II is underway! Our research team at UVA CASTL recently released an overview of selection of readiness tools that will complement Virginia’s Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) this fall to help provide a snapshot of […]

When it Comes To Early Education, Take Notes From Tulsa

It’s no secret: when it comes to early education, unfortunately, the quality of early education settings nationwide varies dramatically, ranging anywhere from unlicensed, unregulated programs to high-quality, state-of-the-art programs. So what exactly constitutes a “high-quality” program?  NPR set out to discover what separates the “best” from the “rest” and were surprised to find their search […]

Watch: The Economics of Early Learning Summit

Last month, in Indiana, United Way of Central Indiana, Light of the World Christian Church, The Expectations Project and several other community organizations brought over 500 educators, faith leaders, business leaders, and elected officials together for an Early Education Summit focused on improving and expanding early education throughout the state. The keynote speaker was none […]

Family Matters (Part 2)

In response to a recent New York Times Op-Ed, yesterday, we talked about how being an “involved parent” isn’t about simply checking a box, but rather, it’s about being engaged and interacting with our children and finding specific, creative ways to spend quality time with them. Today, as promised, we have one mom with quite the […]

Family Matters (Part 1)

We often talk about how as parents, YOU are your child’s first and most important teacher.  As a parent, you can never underestimate the power of quality time spent with your child. Yet, a recent New York Times Op-Ed from researchers Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris suggests that parental involvement may be overrated.  We’ll be […]

Phase I Complete! New update on Virginia’s Kindergarten Readiness Project

  You may recall, back in October, we gave you the latest update on Virginia’s Kindergarten Readiness Project (VKRP).  (Need a refresher?  Click here.) Last fall, in partnership with The University of Virginia, we launched Phase I of VKRP, a validity study of Teaching Strategies GOLD (TS GOLD) Assessment to: Validate TS GOLD as an accurate […]

Top 10 Ten Reasons Why Expanding High-Quality Early Learning Is Inevitable

  David Letterman has his “Top 10” lists and so does U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan! Last week Secretary Duncan spoke at the National Governors Association winter meeting and shared the “Top 10 Ten Reasons Why Expanding High-Quality Early Learning Is Inevitable In The Next Few Years.”  Check them out below: 10.  Greater public awareness […]