Early Learning Conference Provides Training for Early Care Givers and Educators

ROANOKE— United Way of Roanoke Valley’s Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke, together with Virginia Quality and the Virginia Infant and Toddler Specialist Network, will host the “ABCs of Early Childhood Care & Education” on Saturday, October 12. The conference will be held from  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Virginia Western Community College’s Fralin Center.

“Working with and caring for young children requires special skills, and these teachers deserve the best we can give them in terms of training and support,” said Vivien McMahan, Director of Early Learning Strategies at United Way of Roanoke Valley.

Professional development topics include emotional development, developmentally appropriate practices, and STEAM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The event is hosted by Virginia Western Community College, with support from Davenport Institute for Early Childhood Development.

“We’re helping current and future preschool teachers meet Virginia’s requirement for early education annual provider training. Participants will receive 6 hours of high-quality training in the day-long conference,” said McMahan.

Other sessions will include:

  • Responsive Care Giving for Infant & Toddler Teachers
  • What to do with an IEP
  • BOYS! Wired to Move
  • Toddler Science on a Budget
  • Teacher Self Care
  • This is Your Brain on Music

Flu shots will also be available during the morning sessions, and lunch will be provided for participants.

Registration is open through Monday, October 7 here. (

The mission of Smart Beginnings of Greater Roanoke is to strengthen the system of indidivuals and organizations working with children ages birth to 8. Our goal is to ensure that all children are emotionally, physicially and intellectually ready for school.