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The National Association for the Education of Young Children celebrates April 6-12 as the Week of the Young Child. Smart Beginnings, the region's advocate in school readiness, has activities planned to help you better prepare your children ages birth to 5 with programs and activities that serve as building blocks for early life success.

 

 

Kindergarten, Here I Come

2nd Annual Kindergarten Enrollment Day
Tuesday, April 8

90 percent childs brainThis special kindergarten enrollment day is a collaboration between Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area and the ¬five school divisions. If your child is turning 5 before September 30, visit your local elementary school during the designated times to enroll your child into kindergarten.
• Caroline: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
• Fredericksburg City: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
• King George: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
• Spotsylvania: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
• Stafford: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

 

Babypalooza

Saturday, April 12
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is hosting Babypalooza and partnering with Smart Beginnings and the March of Dimes March for Babies.

This family-centered event will showcase over 40 local companies who will share information and samples of products and services, a children's festival and fashion show. Bring your baby's car seat for a free safety check by Spotsylvania County Sheriffs. Participate in the March for Babies walk, enjoy bounce houses, storybook characters, raffle prizes, and so much more!

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Pouches' Community Corner

On August 17, three weeks after a routine pediatrician appointment for their then 4-month-old son, Levi, Liz and Angel Colon received news that no parent ever wants to hear: Levi’s liver wasn’t processing bile correctly, and he will very likely need a liver transplant—and time is of the essence.

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