First Steps Blog2017-05-25T10:21:11-04:00

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 its allocation of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Established in 2016, [...]

June 23rd, 2022|

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 [...]

June 10th, 2022|

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 [...]

October 22nd, 2021|

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 [...]

July 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 young children and families in the New River Valley. One of the goals of [...]

March 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 Steps initiative brought together a panel of regional education leaders to discuss this topic. [...]

November 23rd, 2020|
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