New childcare facility opening in Campbell County ‘daycare desert’
That’s because, according to Crews, the closest childcare facility is about 30 miles away. “That’s not just hard on the parents, it’s hard on the children to have to get up and be ready that early in the morning. It’s a partnership between Campbell County Public Schools, Lynchburg Community Action Group, and Smart Beginnings of Central Virginia which is part of United Way. AdSmart Beginnings received a $1.25 million grant from the commonwealth’s Early Childhood Foundation to reach underserved parts of the region. Gerin Martin, early childhood coordinator for Campbell County schools, says the new center is five years in the making, and it’s vital for children ages three and four to have a social experience.
Virginia looking to make child care affordable for all by 2030
ROANOKE, Va – A new group is working to make child care more accessible in Virginia. On Friday, members of the Back to Work Virginia task force announced the Virginia Promise Partnership, which will work to make child care in the commonwealth affordable to anyone who may need it. “We know our early childhood system has been hit harder than most, that’s why the governor and the General Assembly acted quickly with our Office of Early Childhood to direct over $150 million in federal emergency funding to keep thousands of programs, open,” First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam said. The coalition has a goal of providing quality and affordable childcare by the year 2030.
Website created to help with child care needs in Martinsville, Henry County
MARTINSVILLE, Va. Theres a new website available to help people locally with child care. Several organizations in Martinsville and Henry County collaborated to create it. Along with information about available child care programs, it has information about feeding programs and information to help small businesses and nonprofits. Philip Wenkstern, the executive director of the Martinsville-Henry County United Way, said one popular feature is the application for child care subsidies. The Martinsville-Henry County United Way is one of the organizations that helped create the site.
Its really a crisis now: Sen. Tim Kaine on childcare concerns in New River Valley
BLACKSBURG, Va. Were going to see an uptick in these rates, said parent Andi Golusky, sharing her childcare concerns with United States Sen. Tim Kaine. On Friday though, the lack of it in the New River Valley was a big focus of a modified roundtable with Kaine. Kaine wants to make childcare programs a priority in the new coronavirus relief bill that lawmakers will be working on. Childcare was short before COVID, its really a crisis now.His hope is for legislation to be ready by Aug. 5. Theres a whole lot of concerns in the NRV for all kinds of families because of this situation, Golusky said.