Training and Education

One of the key features of quality early childhood programs, is the qualifications, training and experience level of the staff. Effective early childhood professionals have a strong background in education and development, building specialized early childhood competencies.

Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke workshops and self study training options align with state early childhood standards. Content for our workshops is based on the pdfFoundation Blocks and pdfMilestones of Child Development The intent of our training and education programs are to improve the quality of early childhood professionals, because we know that children with access to high quality learning experiences are more likely to acquire the skills they need to enter kindergarten ready to succeed and adapt to new learning and social environments.

Our Educator Training sessions are specifically designed for

  • Infant & Toddler Teachers
  • Pre-school & Pre-K teachers
  • Adminstrators & Directors
  • Home-based childcare providers

To learn more about our educator workshops, please call us at 540.283.2786, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To schedule an individualized training session at your childcare center or preschool, please contact Meg Fitzwater, Director of Early Education.

Is your childcare program high quality?

Watch this PDF slideshow showing examples "high quality" early education programs in action:


or Use this checklist to find out.....

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pdfWhat to look for in high quality childcare and preschool facilities

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Early childhood education is critical to our community's future economic well being. It's a question of pay-now or pay-later. Research indicates that if children are prepared when they start school and reading on grade level in their early years, they're far more likely to stay on track and finish school rather than become a costly drain on the community's social service system. Those who finish school are much more likely to become contributing members of our workforce.

Joyce Waugh, CEcD
President, Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce

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The United Way of Roanoke Valley serves as the fiscal agent for Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke.

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