The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and the Library of Virginia have partnered to designate May 11-June 15, the time period between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, as an opportunity to focus on the unique needs of young children and to recognize that Smart Beginnings Start with Families.
Smart Beginnings Start with Familiesoffers several free resources:
- A Tip Sheet of suggested activities and parenting tips to help young children be better prepared to start kindergarten healthy and ready to learn
- A series of 5 short writeups about how schools, libraries, child care providers and healthcare professionals can support families with young children within the community
“We are excited about this special campaign to showcase the important role that parents and loving adults play in the early learning experiences of their young children,” said Kendra Kielbasa, executive director of Smart Beginnings Prince William. “A parent can be a child’s first and most important teacher, as well as an enduring influence on their success in school and in life. All parents with young children can benefit from the resources provided by Smart Beginnings Start with Families.”
“One way to celebrate Smart Beginnings Start with Families is for parents to enroll their children in the summer reading program sponsored by their local library,” said Dr. Sandra “Sandy” Treadway, Librarian of Virginia. “Even the youngest child enjoys being read to and looking at picture books with an adult. Reading helps children discover and understand how the world works.”
“Since Smart Beginnings Start with Families is bookended by Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, it’s an ideal time to renew our collective commitment to support families with young children at all levels of community involvement, including business leaders, elected officials, libraries, healthcare and social service agencies, among other stakeholders,” said Kathy Glazer, President of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.
“During this special time, we salute moms, dads, grandparents and other family members across the Commonwealth in their efforts to provide children with a strong foundation for school, life and workforce success.”
For more information, visit www.smartbeginnings.org.