as a provider
Free help is just
a phone call away!
We're here to help! Our Preschool Partners counsel individuals who are considering becoming child care providers.
We'll provide you information about:
• 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
• Contracting with local Departments of Social Services to provide child care for their eligible clients
Get Your Program RegulatedInthe state of Virginia, there are a number of ways in which child careprograms can be regulated, included licensing and certifications.
Become Part of the Referral DatabaseWhen parents or caretakers call us to help them find quality care or preschools, the Child Care Specialist will create a list of regulated providers from our data base whose programs could meet the their needs. To learn how to take part, contact Patti Kernodle, 757-240-2731. Directors' Academy
Register for our annual summer training weekend for early childhood directors and assistant directors on the Peninsula.
MiniConference for Family Child Care Homes
Register for our fall gathering of home child care providers.
One easy, fun and educational Saturday!Virginia Training Academy
Quality online child care trainings are available for your convenience. You can participate in training when you want, in comfort of your own home. Take a class whenever you wish and complete it at your own pace! Our courses are designed to provide quality, accessible, educational opportunities for child care professionals pursuing a CDA credential, CDA renewal, or completing annual training hours.This training was developed by NACCRRA (National Child Care Resource and Referral Agency) and is supported through VACCRRN (Virginia Child Care Resource and Referral Network) and member agencies.Virginia Star Quality Initiative
How to get your center, preschool or family home care rated through thestate's rating and improvement system for early learning programs.
Help Me Grow: A Resource Guide for Caregivers and Parents
Our social-emotional health guide
.Tidewater Association for Early Childhood Education
News and events for providers, through this nonprofit organization that provides support and training for child-care and elementary school teachers and children in the Tidewater area.
Jobs & Career Planning
Employment sources and resources for providers and others in the education field.
Professional Development Opportunities
Courses, contacts and organizations to help you in your field, through KidsPriorityOne.
Teacher Training through WHRO
Training via video conference, face-to-face and more.
OTHER LOCAL RESOURCES:
Virginia Department of Social Services (TIPS)
Child and Family Connection
The Planning Council: USDA Food Program
The Peninsula Health District (email Pamela Parham)
Children’s Harbor: USDA Food Program
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Maintaining the Child Care Resource and Referral database of child care providers, and work under the Virginia Star Quality Initiative, is funded in part by the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula is a member of VACCRRN (Virginia Child Care Resource and Referral Network) and NACCRRA (National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies), state and national organizations. Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula is a collaborative partner with Child and Family Connection.