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

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|

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 in early childhood education and development through the First Steps initiative.  The NRV has [...]

August 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 childhood education and development was an area needing greater investment, but was uncertain how [...]

January 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 on the importance of early education to children, families, and communities. Whether talking about [...]

May 7th, 2017|
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