First Steps

Book Walks Get Attention of Beloved Author of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”

At the Virginia Tech Duck Pond, a child helps place signs for a Book Walk. Throughout November, the Community Foundation's First Steps initiative worked with partners across the region to hold Book Walks featuring three classic children's books: If You [...]

2022-12-01T12:33:52-05:00December 1st, 2022|

First Steps Honors Early Childhood Champions

Above: 2022 Early Childhood Champion awardees (left to right): Bonnie Graham, Chelsea Naughton Sharlow, Shannon Marshall Mury, Judy Shelor, and Bonnie Caldwell, who is holding a red bandana in honor of her teammate and co-honoree, Ben Rowan. Christiansburg, Virginia; October [...]

2022-11-04T15:15:33-04:00October 6th, 2022|

First Steps Launches Program to Strengthen the Childcare Workforce with $1.15 million in ARPA Funds

A $1.15 million project to stabilize and grow the childcare workforce led by First Steps, an initiative of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV), is among the eleven community projects funded by the Town of Blacksburg with [...]

2022-07-05T13:13:21-04:00June 23rd, 2022|

First Steps Announces 2021 Early Childhood Champion Awards

First Steps: The New River Valley’s Early Childhood Education and Development Network announced its first ever Early Childhood Champion Awards at a virtual celebration on July 15th, honoring five individuals who work tirelessly to meet the needs of the New [...]

2022-05-04T10:45:08-04:00July 29th, 2021|

First Steps Network Hosts First Parent-Facing Meet Yourself Session

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley’s collaborative network, First Steps, hosted a Meet Yourself session focused on supporting kids during the COVID-19 pandemic, on February 24th. First Steps is a network of agencies and individuals working to support [...]

2021-03-11T18:54:48-05:00March 8th, 2021|

First Steps Session Brings Together NRV Educators to Discuss Remote Teaching and Learning

During the last several months of the COVID-19 pandemic, education and childcare has drastically changed with many children and families navigating hybrid and remote learning for the first time. Recently, the Community Foundation of the New River Valley’s (CFNRV) First [...]

2021-03-11T18:36:24-05:00November 23rd, 2020|

Senator Tim Kaine meets leaders from the CFNRV’s First Steps Initiative on Childcare

Accessing affordable, high-quality childcare in the New River Valley has long been a challenge for parents. That is why of one of the priorities of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley’s (CFNRV) Fund of the NRV is investing [...]

2021-03-11T18:44:46-05:00August 10th, 2020|

First Steps Early Childhood Network Creates Valuable Connections

Launched by the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV), First Steps is a network of organizations and individuals that provide programs and services for our region’s young children, their parents, and their caregivers. The CFNRV recognized that early [...]

2021-03-11T19:15:38-05:00January 15th, 2019|

Building A Network of Support for Children and Families

“No one would contest the fact that society’s first and best way to foster literacy, humanism, and a successful future lies within the opportunities provided for our very youngest citizens.” Ann Goette, Giles Early Education Project There is ample research [...]

2021-03-11T19:19:32-05:00May 7th, 2017|
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