June 10, 2013
 First United Methodist Church Early Learning Center Wins

In celebration of "Week of the Young Child," Smart Beginnings MHC recently held a contest for the most creative display showcasing the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation's "Invest in Children" poster series. The contest was designed to engage early childhood educators and businesses in helping get the message out to the community about the importance of investing in early childhood education. Research shows that every dollar invested in high quality early childhood education saves the public $8 - 17 in future special education, grade retention, criminal justice and welfare costs. The display created by Laura Elkins' team at First United Methodist Church Early Learning Center used a group of colorful children's books to frame literary posters selected from the series. Smart Beginnings MHC awarded First United Methodist Church Early Learning Center a $50 gift card for having the most creative display.