Star-Rated Early Learning Centers

June 3, 2013

Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area Recognizes Star-Rated Early Learning Centers

smart-beginnings-logoFredericksburg, VA, (June 3, 2013) - Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area (SBRA), a community-based coalition devoted to improving access to high quality early childhood education in the region, recently recognized nineteen child care centers and preschools who are star-rated through the Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI).

The Virginia Star Quality Initiative is a statewide voluntary program designed to assist child care providers in their efforts to assess and improve the quality of their services. VSQI was created to provide a consistent way to distinguish the level of quality in early education programs, allowing families to make more informed choices and allowing child care providers a way to improve the quality of their services.

"We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding early learning centers and feel fortunate to have many quality early childhood programs in our community ," said Sara Branner, SBRA's Executive Director. "Children with access to high quality early 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."

The recognition event, held at the Fredericksburg Country Club, acknowledged the following star-rated child care centers and preschools:

CDI Head Start/Caroline County Schools Children of America – Bluemont Crossing
Children of America – Salem Church Children of America – Deacon Road
Children of America – Lee's Hill Creative Childcare
Four Seasons Daycare King George Family YMCA Preschool
Learn 'n Play Preschool & Children's Center Lil' Sunflowers Childcare Center
Massad Family Branch YMCA of Stafford Preschool Minnieland: A Child's Place II
Ron Rosner Family YMCA of Spotsylvania Preschool Salem Fields Learning Center
Spotsylvania County Schools Head Start St. George's Episcopal Preschool
Stafford County Schools Head Start Sunshine Child Care Center
Vision Community Church WEE Center

In addition, ten "Champions for Children" donors were celebrated for their financial contributions to VSQI and other SBRA program initiatives.


Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area is a partnership of more than 40 public and private agencies, businesses, and individuals working toward a common goal: children arrive at school healthy and prepared to succeed in school and in life. SBRA serves Planning District 16, which includes the City of Fredericksburg and Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford Counties.

Other initiatives of Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area include:

Providing Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices to child care centers and preschools in Planning District 16. Al's Pals is a resiliency-based early childhood curriculum and teacher training program which develops personal, social, and emotional skills in children 3 to 8 years old. Al's Pals intervention shows statistically significant improvement in pro-social skills and behaviors. SBRA is currently serving over 2,300 children in 56 classrooms through this program and plans to implement the curriculum in 50 additional classrooms over the next three years, reaching a total of over 3,200 children.

Initiating Passport to Kindergarten, a community-based program which facilitates a connection among early learning centers, preschools, kindergarten staff, and parents to foster the kindergarten transition process. SBRA collaborated with the five area school divisions this spring on a special Kindergarten Enrollment Day where 706 children were registered for kindergarten.

Implementing a parent education program, Ages and Stages, a childhood developmental screening tool that identifies strengths or possible concerns and educates parents about developmental milestones.

For more information on Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area, visit
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Sara Branner
Executive Director
Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area
Phone: 540.479.6944
Fax: 540.479.1018

Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area
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