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smart beginnings smSmart Beginnings Rappahannock Area has been selected to participate in Virginia's Early Childhood Needs Assessment, which is being conducted through James Madison University. Dr. Teresa Harris, Professor of Early Childhood, Elementary, & Reading Education, is overseeing the project.

The purpose of this research study is to collect local and state-wide data that will identify the current accessibility and affordability of quality early childhood care, education, and services for children from Birth to age 5 and their families. The information will help project the need for services into the future. It is important to hear from families, child care providers, and community members because the strengths/assets of the communities and the barriers/limitations to quality can vary widely.

To complete a survey, please go to http://www.jmu.edu/coe/eere/. On the right-hand side of the page, you can access the Educator or Family Survey link. Deadline: Feb 1, 2013

Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area is excited about the opportunity to work with the community to identify our early childhood needs and help to inform future early childhood education policy and program funding.

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Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (BACA) exists to create a safer environment for abused children by empowering children to not feel afraid of their world. Imagine how an abused child feels when a group of large bikers rides up to their house, inducts them into their club and then escorts them to court to testify against their abuser.

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