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					                              Richmond Quality
Issue 12
October 2011

                             Child Care Newsletter
Inside this issue:
                                           Introducing Let’s Move! Child Care
Richmond ECDI Training          2
                                     Everyone has a role to play in ending childhood obesity, and child care centers and
ASQ Technical
                                2    family providers are certainly no exception. On June 8, the First Lady announced Let’s
                                     Move! Child Care, a new initiative to assist child care providers in their efforts to help
Richmond Public Library              children develop healthy habits early in life. Let’s Move! Child Care is supported by
Fun Workshops                   3    Nemours, A Children’s Health System.
                                     Let’s Move! Child Care is geared to the needs of dedicated professionals caring for and
Infant & Toddler Training
                                3    educating young children in child care
and Video Conference                 centers and family child care homes.
RECA Membership                      Providers are in a position to influence the
Dinner and Training             4    eating and physical activity habits of the 12
                                     million children under the age of 6 in child
The Parent Support                   care across the nation. Child care providers
Corner                          5    who register, participate and achieve the
                                     goals laid out by the initiative will receive
2-1-1 and the                        recognition of their efforts. The goals are:
Motherhood Initiative           5
                                     1. Get Kids Moving - Provide 1-2 hours of physical activity throughout the day,
                                        including outside play when possible.
That energy which makes a child
                                     2. Reduce Screen Time - No screen time for children under 2 years. For children 2
hard to manage is the energy
                                        and older, strive to limit screen time to no more than 30 minutes per week during
which afterward makes him a
                                        child care, and work with parents and caregivers to ensure children have no more
manager of life.                        than 1-2 hours of quality screen time per day, as recommended by the American
        -Henry Ward Beecher             Academy of Pediatrics.
                                     3. Make Nutrition Fun - Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal, eat meals
                                        family-style when possible, and do not serve fried foods.
                                     4. Offer Healthier Beverages - Provide access to water during meals and throughout
                                        the day, and do not serve sugary drinks. For children age 2 and older, serve low-fat
                                        (1%) or non-fat milk, and no more than one 4-6 ounce serving of 100% juice per
                                     5. Support Infant Feeding Choices - For mothers who want to continue
                                        breastfeeding, provide their milk to their infants, welcome them to breastfeed during
                                        the child care day; and support all new parents in their decisions about infant
To subscribe to this newsletter or   Let’s Move! Child Care includes a web-based resource center with tools, training and
if you have questions, contact       technical assistance opportunities to support providers in their efforts to meet the
Cybil Faulks-Brown, Richmond         voluntary goals. The website also provides a personalized Action Plan to help providers
Quality Child Care Coordinator,      achieve the 5 goals. For more information on Let’s Move! Child Care, additional
at (804) 646-3331 or email           resources, and to register, visit         Printed with permission from Nemours.

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                                     In support of the five goals listed above and to promote a healthy environment in child
                                     care settings, the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
                                     has developed a series of webinars designed for trainers or child care providers. The
                                     next one is scheduled for October 24, 2011. Webinars will continue until January 2012.
            Dwight C. Jones, Mayor   For a complete schedule and to register, visit
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Richmond Early Childhood Development Initiative Training

The Richmond Early Childhood Development Initiative (Richmond ECDI) offers FREE training to early childhood professionals
who work in the City of Richmond. These training sessions are open to center-based and family child care programs, and
training hours will be awarded.
What’s All This Talk About Quality?
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Are you committed to quality? Do you know the components of a quality program? Is your facility welcoming and appropriate
for children? If you have questions about Virginia’s STAR Quality Initiative and believe your center is ready to move to the next
level, this training is for you! This training will take place at Children’s Hospital, 2924 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23220. Lisa
Thompson (ChildSavers) and Cybil Faulks-Brown (Richmond ECDI) will provide the training. Participants will become better
informed regarding child care quality standards and how to meet the standards. There are 25 seats reserved for this training.
Participants must register by October 14, 2011. Attendance does not obligate a center to enroll in the STAR Quality Initiative.
Stress Management and Responsive Care
Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
The responsive caregiver takes cues from each child and responds with appropriate activities and techniques. However, if the
caregiver is “STRESSED,” it is difficult for him/her to be positive and attentive. This training will explore responsive care,
primary caregiver and continuity of care concepts and practices; examine the different types of stress; and share quick and
relaxing ways to refresh at work. This training is intended for teachers who work with infants to two year olds. It will take place
at Broad Rock Library, 4820 Warwick Road, Richmond, VA 23224. This training will be conducted by Cybil Faulks-Brown
(Richmond ECDI) and Kimberly Taylor (Children’s Choice Regional Manager). Please register by October 31, 2011.
Can You Hear Me Now? Building Relationships and Engaging Parents
Monday, December 5, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Are you struggling with communicating with parents? Do you need strategies to get them involved and keep them involved?
Join us to learn more about the correlation between parent involvement and school success, the latest research for
strengthening partnerships with families, and concrete strategies for engagement. Mary France (Richmond ECDI Parenting
Education Developer) and Cybil Faulks-Brown (Richmond ECDI) will lead this training session at the North Avenue
Library, 2901 North Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222. Please register by December 2, 2011.

Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Follow-Up Training and
Technical Assistance
Calling all child care providers that attended Ages and Stages Questionnaire training at ChildSavers during the past year!!!
Who:     Child care center directors, administrators, key staff and teachers that attended
         ChildSavers training this past year on the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3
         and/or the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social and Emotional

What:    Two hours of FREE on-site technical assistance and hands-on training to help
         you utilize what you have already learned and take the next step to implement these important and easy-to-use
         screening tools. Training hours will be awarded.

Why:     Early detection is critical. ASQ-3 is an easy-to-use parent screening tool that helps identify children at risk for
         developmental or social-emotional delay. ASQ: SE is an easy-to-use parent/caretaker screening tool to accurately
         identify children at risk for developmental or social-emotional delay.

When: ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE technical assistance is available beginning October 2011. ChildSavers Help Us Grow Strong
      (HUGS) staff will provide the training and technical assistance. For more information, contact Ashley Everette or
      Jackie Burgeson at (804) 644-9596. 
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Richmond Public Library Offers FUN Workshops for Providers
Richmond Public Library continues to provide story times focused on early literacy at each branch. Check with your branch
librarian to see if there is a day/time that works for your group. In addition, the Library is implementing the second edition of
Every Child Ready to Read @ your library which provides a new framework and supporting materials to help caregivers
develop early literacy skills in children from birth to age five. The Library Literacy Outreach Coordinator is available to facilitate
workshops for groups of 10 or more child care providers or for your families. There are 4 new modules of research-based
practices to choose from:
   Fun for Parents and Children (a Provider version is also available)
   Fun with Letters
   Fun with Words
   Fun with Science and Math

Each workshop explains the importance of, and how to implement, the five practices that encourage early literacy: Talking,
Singing, Reading, Playing, and Writing and lasts for 1 hour. Training Certificates will be provided. Combined workshops can
also be arranged if more hours of training are desired. For more details on workshop content or to schedule a workshop,
contact Krista Dawson at 646-4147 or by email:

Learn About Infant Development and Making Learning Materials
The Infant & Toddler Specialist Network will offer the following training sessions on October 29, 2011:
Promoting Optimal Infant Development: What’s a Caregiver to Do?
8:30 - 11:30 am
This training will focus on the unique developmental needs of infants. Participants will learn strategies for supporting infants’
developing social–emotional health and strategies for promoting infants’ learning and development through room arrangement,
classroom materials, and interactions with the infant.
Making Learning Materials for Infants, Toddlers and Twos
12:15 - 3:15 pm
Young children learn best through their self-chosen active exploration. This training will help participants understand the
concepts young children are typically acquiring at various ages and materials teachers can create to support the child’s
development. Participants of this training are asked to bring old magazines and scissors for making materials during the
Both sessions will take place on Saturday October 29, 2011 at Children’s Hospital of Richmond, 2924 Brook Road,
Richmond, VA 23220. Intended solely for and entirely free to current child care providers caring for children ages two years
old and younger. Participants will receive a training certificate documenting the hours of attendance at the conclusion of each
session. Participants can attend one or both sessions. No food will be provided.
Please bring your own or plan to purchase fast food during the lunch break.
Offered by Christine Hallman, Infant & Toddler Specialist, Central Region.
You can register online at or call
Christine Hallman at (804) 828-6966. Please register by noon on Wednesday
October 26, 2011. Indicate in the message who will be attending which ses-
sions and a contact phone number.

Infant & Toddler Specialist Network Audio-Conference
 The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network will present an audio-conference on Sensory Integration Needs of Infants
 and Toddlers on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Further information and registration details for the
 audio-conference will be available in November. Please visit for more resources for those who work
 with infants or toddlers.
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RECA Membership Dinner and Training Event
Attention Early Childhood Professionals! An exciting evening has been planned for you on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from
6:00 pm to 8:45 pm.
You are cordially invited to the 2nd Annual Membership Dinner and Training Event sponsored by the Richmond Early Childhood
Association (RECA). The RECA Board wants to thank Donna Peters, RECA Member at Large and the JCC staff for graciously
hosting this event at the Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226. You will meet board representatives,
learn about RECA goals and programs for the next year, network with other early childhood professionals and learn how you
can be involved in the association.
Training sessions will be offered after dinner. You will choose from the following sessions designed to meet the needs of all
child care professionals.
   Session One for Infant and Toddler Teachers and Assistants: Art as a Process presented by Christine Hallman and Pam
     Booker, Infant and Toddler Specialists, Infant & Toddler Specialist Network, Central Region.
   Session Two for Preschool Teachers and Assistants: Positive Behavior Supports… Let’s Start With Preventing
     Misbehavior presented by Marilyn R. Rice, M.Ed, ECSE Program Specialist, Training & Technical Assistance Center,
     Virginia Department of Education.
   Session Three for Directors and Administrators: Round Table Learning on Creating Professional Learning
     Communities in Your Program, Implementing PALS PreK and Screening vs. Assessments – What is Your Program
     Doing? The Directors portion of this event is supported through a partnership of the Richmond Early Childhood
     Association (RECA), Richmond Association of Directors (RAD) and the City of Richmond Early Childhood Development
     Initiative (Richmond ECDI). Thank you!
   Members: For professionals with a current membership in the Richmond Early Childhood Association (RECA) or if you
     hold a membership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or Virginia Association for
     Early Childhood Educators (VAECE) and RECA is your affiliate, this event including dinner and training is free. To inquire
     about your membership status, contact: VAECE at (888) 228-2323 or NAEYC at (800) 424-2460. Your membership will be
     verified from a current printed membership list. Please bring your member number/card.
   Non-Members: This event including dinner and training will be $10 dollars cash or money order at the door on October
     27, 2011. Exception: For programs attending the event with multiple professionals who are not members, a program
     representative may bring a check for the number of people registered. Please indicate the number of individuals attending
     when you register online.
Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships will be available for this event. Please indicate that you are requesting a
scholarship when you register.
Registration: Register online at Registration will end on October 24. Please indicate which training
session you will attend so RECA can plan for the event and ensure appropriate numbers of copies and chairs to accommodate
all that attend.
Please plan to attend this event. Directors: tell other directors about this event. Or consider using this event as your monthly
meeting, and bringing the whole staff! Teachers and assistants: invite co-workers and colleagues from other programs to join

                             - Margaret Meade
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The Parent Support Corner
Debuting with this issue of the newsletter is “The Parent Support Corner,” a regular article
presenting new, useful and important information to share with your families. This space is
dedicated to the wonderful families who do an awesome job of sharing their precious ones with
us. This issue provides information on upcoming FREE parenting education programs for
parents and grandparents of children ages 0 - 5. Share this information with your families and let
them know that you truly care.

Parenting Education Programs provided by the City of Richmond Early Childhood Development Initiative

FREE for parents and grandparents of City of Richmond children ages 0 - 5. Snacks, child watch and
transportation assistance available. Certificates of participation awarded.
You, Me, and the ABC’s
Join the Richmond Public Library’s Outreach Lady for a hands-on session using the book You, Me, and the ABC’s. Learn fun
new ways to help your young child get ready for reading. All participants receive a copy of the book to keep. Monday, October
17, 2011 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Neighborhood Resource Center, 1519 Williamsburg Road, Richmond, VA 23231.
The Role of Praise
Praise is something we all like to receive. Learn simple ways to use praise effectively everyday. Workshop will be Thursday,
October 20, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. It will take place at New Direction Childcare and Learning Center, 140 E. Belt
Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23224.
Building Your Child’s Self Esteem
Learn effective strategies and your role in helping little ones develop self worth. Explore the origins of self esteem and learn to
identify the things parents often do to tear it down. Discover effective ways to motivate and build confidence for children from
infancy through early school age. Monday, November 14, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at North Avenue Library, 2901 North
Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222.
Preregistration is required. Call Mary France at (804) 646-1870 or Patricia Hein at (804) 646-2030 at the Richmond Early
Childhood Development Initiative. For more early childhood information, call (804) 646-7320.

2-1-1 and The Motherhood Initiative
2-1-1 Virginia is a free resource anyone can call to obtain information on health and human
services available in your community and throughout the state. All calls are confidential and
handled by a trained professional who will compile a list of resources for the caller. The 2-1-1
professionals are equipped to assist callers that speak other languages or have hearing
impairments. Simply pick up the telephone and dial 2-1-1 to request information on such services
as: prenatal care, children's health insurance programs, mental health services, early childhood learning programs, after school
programs, family resource centers, protective services and child care referral. Information is also available on many other types
of health and human services.

You can also find this information on the Internet at

A special project is underway to ensure that 2-1-1 has complete and up-to-date information for pregnant women and families
with young children. 2-1-1 Virginia and the Virginia Department of Health are partnering on “The Motherhood Initiative.” A
goal of the initiative is to create public awareness about 2-1-1 Virginia, specifically pertaining to pre- and intra-conception
health, pregnancy-related resources, early postpartum resources and family support. The Initiative is also updating and
adding resources to the 2-1-1 database and educating professionals about the resource information available. For more
information about 2-1-1 and the Motherhood Initiative, contact Christy Escher, Community Outreach Liaison with Richmond
2-1-1 at (804) 225-7902 or email her at To update your organization’s information or download a
brochure in English or Spanish, please visit

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