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NRV Regional Childcare Summit Series 

NRV Child Care Summit Series is led by Virginia Tech in partnership with the Community Foundation of the NRV. The last meeting of the 2022-2023 year was held at the Inn at Virginia Tech on April 19, 2023. Through this meeting, over 35 local leaders showed their commitment to providing the best possible early care and education for our youngest learners and their families in the New River Valley.

Igniting Connections Annual Early Childhood Symposium

On Friday, September 22, 2023, the Office of Strategic Initiatives at Virginia Tech convened a symposium on early childhood education (ECE) at The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg for a full day of learning and networking. More than 100 ECE professionals from the New River Valley (NRV) area joined keynote presenter Mary Anderson, from My Music Starts Here, and a team of local speakers from nine institutions across the NRV. The day’s sessions engaged ECE educators on facilitated discussions, hands-on activities, experience sharing, and exercises around the theme of self-care. 

This year, the first part of the symposium's program was organized with The Community Foundation of the New River Valley and dedicated to recognizing extraordinary educators from the NRV area. ECE educators were joined by 26 representatives from a number of local business and organizations leaders to celebrate the 2023 Early Childhood Champion Awards, led by First Step for the third consecutive year.