ChildSavers, formerly Memorial Child Guidance Clinic, was founded in 1924. They believe all children have the right to be safe, healthy, happy and ready to learn. They provide trauma response, mental health counseling and early childhood development services so that children have a chance to reach their potential and thrive.
Child Development Services focuses on the needs of teachers, professional child care providers and others who care for and educate children. They offer a broad range of services aimed at helping families and caregivers provide the best possible care to their children.
ChildSavers programs include:
Child Care Aware of Central Virginia
ChildSavers serves as the Central Virginia Resource Center for Child Care Aware, a community-based network that provides services to 27 localities. Their purpose is to deliver services that increase the accessibility, availability, and quality of care in Central Virginia through:
- free Technical Assistance for early care and education professionals
- assisting unregulated providers in meeting and maintaining state qualifications
- increasing early care and education professionals access to professional development opportunities
- advocating for child care issues at local, state, and federal levels
ChildSavers Child Development Workshops
ChildSavers’ Child Development Workshops provides high-quality early child development education to hundreds of child care professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills in working with children to provide them with the best possible outcomes. ChildSavers workshops are offered throughout the year, on or off-site, and are conducted by experienced and knowledgeable trainers that cover a wide variety of topics. Workshops meet the needs of the adult learner by providing them with hands-on learning opportunities that are accessible and affordable.
Child Development Associate Certificate Program (CDA)
The Child Development Associate Certificate is a credential that can be earned by early care professionals through performance based training and assessment. ChildSavers’ CDA program has assisted many early care professionals in obtaining their CDA through the Council for Professional Recognition. The program enhances the quality of early care by defining, evaluating and recognizing the competencies of early care professionals across Central Virginia through individualized training and advising.
ChildSavers’ Voluntary Registration program provides family child care providers that care for four or fewer children in their home with a basic framework for providing a healthy and safe early care environment, along with assisting them in receiving their certificate of Voluntary Registration from the Virginia Department of Social Services. This is conveyed through the education of providers, technical assistance, and opportunities for continued growth in professional development.
Virginia Quality is designed to assist child care and preschool programs in providing high quality early care and education and to recognize programs for the services they are providing to families. Virginia Quality provides consistent, unbiased information to families about the different types of child care and preschool options available. Virginia Quality is a voluntary method used to define, measure, and improve the level of quality of child care and preschool programs.
Virginia Quality awards quality levels to child care and preschool programs based on four nationally recognized quality standards and best practices:
• the education and qualifications of the staff,
• the curriculum or intentional teaching approach the program uses to guide children’s learning,
• the learning environment,
• teacher-child interactions
Virginia Quality offers a variety of quality improvement supports and allows programs to request specific technical assistance according to their readiness for change and specific quality improvement goals.
USDA Child Care Food Program
ChildSavers is a sponsor for the USDA Child and Adult Food Program which aids regulated home providers with providing nutritious meals served to children under 12 years of age by providing nutrition training, early care resources, and reimbursement for nutritious meals.