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Become Part of our Family Council!

If you have small kids, you could make a big impact! We are always looking for new members to join the Ready Region Chesapeake Bay Family…

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FirstSpark Now Has Texting

Whether you’re at home or on-the-go, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to have access to the resources you need to give your…

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Nonprofit fills regional need for early childhood education

As we celebrate the back-to-school season with first-day pictures and honor-roll goals, we must also pause to consider the nearly 50,000…

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A Recipe for Self-Care

We are off and running! A new school year is upon us, and early childhood educators have been busy getting their classrooms ready for…

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Caring for the Ones that Care for Our Children: Enhancing Your Child Care Staff Morale

My days as an early childhood director were memorable ones. It provided me opportunities to not only support high-quality learning…

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Child care is limited and expensive in Hampton Roads — and it’s not getting easier

(this article originally appeared in the Daily Press on March 29, 2023) Fruits and vegetables, electricity, gasoline, milk, eggs —…

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A Gender Balanced Approach to Our Early Childhood Workforce – Part One

There is a buzz word in our early childhood community that is getting lots of attention these days. Yes, you know it, the big “D” word -…

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Hampton Roads Show – Interview 9/21/21

Looking to the future: What ‘good’ came out of the struggle There is no question that children, parents and educators faced many challenges…

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