Ready for School.
Ready for Life.

Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula reaches out reach out to regulated family child care providers, child care centers and preschools in Newport News, Hampton and beyond.

Whether you are a provider, teacher, academician or other professional working in the field of early care and education, we will provide you with up-to-date information that can support you in your work.  

Early Childhood Professionals


We're here to help! Our Child Care Specialist counsels individuals who are considering becoming child care providers.

We'll support you in:

  • Virginia Department of Social Services regulations and licensing standards
  • Connecting with other child care providers and early childhood professionals
  • Training and educational opportunities
  • Visiting and observing other high-quality programs
  • Recommendations for curriculum materials for early childhood education
  • Guidelines for setting up an appropriate environment for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • Record keeping and best business practices
  • Resource and referral services for families
  • Educational books and toys
  • Connecting with local Departments of Social Services to provide child care for their eligible clients

Just contact our Child Care Specialist, Melissa Diamond, for personalized support:  (757) 240-2731 or

And be sure to download our handy checklist: