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United Way Day of Reading A Success

June 25, 2013
United Way Day of Reading A Success

 - Day of Action-Day of Reading, A Community Wide Reading Project--The United Way of Henry County and Martinsville held their third annual Day of Reading today in partnership with United Ways across the country.  Day of Reading is a community wide reading project to help...


United Way Day of Reading 2013

June 12, 2013
United Way Day of Reading 2013
 
On June 21, United Way of Henry County and Martinsville and Smart Beginnings MHC will hold a Day of Action - Day of Reading. This community-wide reading project will highlight the importance...
 

First Virginia Star Quality Rated Facility for MHC

June 11, 2013
First Virginia Star Quality Rated Facility

Eleven children, mostly 2 to 4 years old, eagerly sang learning songs. Children spelled their names. They identified numbers, letters and colors.

It was a recent morning at Martin Family Day Care, the first day care in Henry County and Martinsville to be rated through the Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI).


First United Methodist Church Early Learning Center Wins "Invest in Children" Display Contest

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.


Week of the Young Child

June 10, 2013
Week of the Young Child April 14-20, 2013 was the nationally celebrated, Week of the Young Child. As part of the celebration many local activities were planned. SBMHC staff collaborated with the Blue Ridge Regional Library and Children's Medical Center to read aloud to children.

JMU Visits SBMHC

June 10, 2013
JMU Visits SBMHC The "14 Day Challenge for Children" was a recent campaign designed by Smart Beginnings MHC to help submit over 300 surveys from educators and caregivers of young children to the James Madison University

United Way Seeks an Early Childhood Initiatives Director

June 10, 2013
The United Way seeks an energetic, creative team member to lead progressive initiatives around Early Childhood Education. Proven ability to organize and manage community coalitions, demonstrated grant writing experience, and excellent communication skills required. Send resume and cover letter to info@unitedwayofhcm.org. No phone inquiries.

Holiday Basket Extravaganza

June 10, 2013
Join us at Piedmont Arts Association on November 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a Silent Auction to help support Smart Beginnings MHC. There will be a wide variety of basket themes, great for use as gifts or a personal reward. If you need more information or are interested in donating a basket or supplies for one contact Brenda Jordan or Francia Brown at 276-666-8901.

West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board awards Smart Beginnings $10,000

June 10, 2013
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012) - The West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board (WPWIB) awarded on Monday the region's Smart Beginnings network $10,000 to help build the region's infrastructure for a Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI).

Read for the Record Survey

June 10, 2013

Don't forget Read for the Record!! Smart Beginnings MHC is participating to help Jumpstart prepare every child in America to enter school prepared to succeed.


JMU Needs Assessment Survey for MHC

June 10, 2013
Smart Beginnings MHC has been selected to participate in a statewide early childhood needs assessment project, which is being directed by the VA Department of Social Services in partnership with the Office of Early Childhood Development. They have contracted with James Madison University to conduct the assessment which will include fiscal mapping.

Ages and Stages Assessment Expansion

June 10, 2013
The Starting Place is now offering Ages and Stages Assessments at the Health Department. Call 276-666-8901 for more details.

Smart Beginnings program for preschoolers funded

June 10, 2013
The United Way of Henry County and Martinsville has received a three-year, $537,225 Harvest Foundation grant for the Smart Beginnings Martinsville Henry County Initiative, according to a press release.

Commonwealth to Observe "School Readiness Month" in August

June 10, 2013
Richmond, VA (August 2011) - The first day of school for the 2011-2012 academic year is just round the corner and the workforce of the mid-2020s is busy getting ready to start kindergarten. In recognition of the Commonwealth's commitment to early childhood initiatives as the
foundation for success in school and in life, Governor Bob McDonnell has proclaimed August as School Readiness Month" in Virginia.

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June 10, 2013
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