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CFNRV’s Favorite Moments from 2022

Thanks for being a part of the Community Foundation. Your support throughout the year helps us reach more people and nonprofits in our community. As we reflected on 2022, we wanted to share some of our favorite moments from a year filled with connection, celebration, and excitement. These moments, in chronological order, are below. We’re looking forward to connecting in 2023!…

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Now Hiring: First Steps Program Coordinator

Overview The First Steps Program Coordinator at the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) provides leadership and administrative support for First Steps: the NRV’s Early Childhood Education and Development Network. This position will focus on managing a four-year project funded with a $1.15 million grant from the Town of Blacksburg to stabilize and expand the early childhood education…

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

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 Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, and If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Imagine our delight when we heard from the author, Laura Numeroff, that she was excited…

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November Book Walks Engage NRV Community

First Steps, an initiative of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, is holding “Book Walks” throughout the month of November to engage families and share resources about early education and childcare. First Steps is a network of early childhood professionals and advocates who want to help young children and families thrive. Placed at several locations around the New…

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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 5, 2021: First Steps, an initiative of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV), is celebrating 19 early…

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NRV Childcare Job Fair Coming June 14th

Christiansburg, Virginia, June 8, 2022 – First Steps: The New River Valley’s Early Childhood Education and Development Network is teaming up with ChildCare Aware of Virginia and the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) to host a childcare job fair on Tuesday, June 14th, from 5pm-7pm at Wonder Universe (in the former NRV Mall, 782 New River Road,…

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We Are the Frontline

First Steps Helps Caregivers and Families Navigate COVID-19 In July 2020, Senator Tim Kaine visited the New River Valley to hear from early educators, healthcare workers, and parents about the desperate need for childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFNRV provides leadership for First Steps, a network of individuals and organizations supporting young children and families.With this in mind, Senator…

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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 River Valley’s young children and their families.  Created in 2016, First Steps is an initiative of the Community Foundation of…

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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 young children and families in the New River Valley. One of the goals of the network is to increase knowledge…

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