Regional Groups Promote ‘Week of the Young Child’

by | Apr 15, 2015 | Schools & Education

(L to R) Bev Abrams, Germanna Community College, Brandi Williams, Parent Education Infant Development (PE-ID) Program, and Rebecca Purdy, Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Article and photo by Susan Larson.

Organizations that serve the Fredericksburg region are using the national “Week of the Young Child” to promote their programs and services.

Bev Abrams, Germanna Community College assistant professor in Early Childhood Development and board member with Smart Beginnings, Brandi Williams, coordinator of the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board Parent Education Infant Development (PE-ID) Program, and Librarian Rebecca Purdy, Youth Services Coordinator at Central Rappahannock Regional Library, were guests April 13 on “Town Talk,” the local morning show on WFVA 1230 AM Radio.

Listen to a podcast of the show.

“Brain development between birth and age five is the most active, and has lifelong effects,” said Bev Abrams. The programs and services the groups provide focus on educating caregivers to maximize learning opportunities in the early years.

The purpose of this article is to provide the program details and contact information shared on the radio program.

Websites for More Information

Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area

Germanna Community College Early Childhood Development

Rappahannock Area Community Services Board Parent Education Infant Development (PE-ID) Program

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Upcoming Special Events

“Week of the Young Child” Special Guest Readers at Central Rappahannock Regional Library
Alphabet Soup
Ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Daycares welcome
Snow, Monday, April 13, 11:00 – 11:30 with Delegate Mark Cole
Headquarters, Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 – 10:00 with Speaker of the House William Howell
England Run, Wednesday, April 15, 10:00 – 10:30 with Stafford Supervisor Meg Bohmke
Porter, Friday, April 17, 9:30 – 10:00 with Delegate Michael Futrell

Preschool Time
Ages 3-5 with a caregiver
Salem Church, Thursday April 16, 10:00 – 10:50 with Senator Bryce Reeves
10:15 – 12:00 Drop in and visit Jen Miller from the Dr. Yum Project for healthy and delicious smoothie tasting.

Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, 4600 Spotsylvania Ave., Fredericksburg
Caregivers with babies and young children will be able to meet with library staff, area non-profits and companies that will share information and samples of products and services. Activities include free car seat safety checks by the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, face painting, teddy bear check-ups, 3-D printer demonstration and costumed character photo opportunities. The March of Dimes’ “March for Babies” will also be held, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Call 540-498-4000 for more information.

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