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Smart Beginnings’ Virginia Quality program is kicking off a full schedule of events this Spring to make sure every child is ready for kindergarten by five. Programs include a “Step Up to Quality” early childhood and childcare conference on March 4th at Germanna Community College, story times at childcare centers during the Week of the Young Child in April, and several kindergarten registration programs in April and May.

Every child deserves access to high-quality early learning experiences, says Virginia Quality regional coordinator Janine Sewell. “We are deeply concerned that in our region, up to 1 in 7 children arrive in kindergarten without the basic skills to succeed. This severely limits their chances for success. We believe that supporting early childhood education is a smart investment with a proven return.”

Sherilyn Preston, long-time owner of Minnieland at Salem Fields agrees. “Virginia Quality is one of the tools we use to continually improve our educational quality so all of our children are ready to go to school.”

More than 90 childcare programs in the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, Culpeper, Fauquier, King George, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania and Stafford participate.

For a complete list of events and of childcares participating in accredited programs, including Virginia Quality, NAEYC, NAC and Montessori, signup for the special edition Now Enrolling in Quality eletter. Be sure to select the Education eletter option.

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.