Our Strategy

In 2013 a coalition of community leaders, local government, educators, parents and childcare providers in the NRV started meeting to address and create systemic solutions for the early childcare and education crisis in the New River Valley.  ABCs was created to focus on this regional challenge, addressing scarcity, cost, quality and workforce issues. 

Strategic Actions: Addressing Access, Quality, Affordability and Support of the Childcare Workforce

  • Recruited three childcare companies, two national, one regional, to expand access.  One company has already opened one center in Blacksburg and another center is under construction. 

  • Collaboration with Virginia Quality with launch of joint training seminars for childcare educators as well as regional seminars.

  • Launch of CDA scholarship program for childcare educators.

  • Interviews, inventory of enrollment and capacity of all childcare centers, starting with Montgomery County to create baseline measurement and determine largest challenges.

  • Interviews with educators in higher education and other childcare stakeholders to understand current capacities and resources and leverage connections and collaborations.

  • Launched Montgomery County Childcare Educator of the Year with Virginia Quality with expansion into other areas.  

  • Participation in pilot stipend program to reimburse and provide bonuses for training and education for childcare educators.

© 2018 ABCs

Alliance for Better Childcare Strategies 

Call us: (540) 494-7175

Email us: bethanymott@abcsnrv.org

Find us:  990 Cambria St. NE, Christiansburg VA 24073

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