The diversity of child care programs available to families presents a challenge and an opportunity for many parents when relocating to a new community. Choosing the program that best suits your child and meets your family's needs depends on an active, purposed selection process. The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care recommends that you visit several day care programs before making a decision, staying for at least an hour "to watch activities, check the surroundings and ask questions." Blacksburg has many high quality child care centers and pre-schools offering a variety of curriculums for children of all ages.
The Adventure Clubs began in 1991 as the result of many parents needing quality before and after school-age child care in the public school system for children in grades K-7/ages 5-12. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. There also is an Adventure Club Pre-School Center designed for pre-school children with full day care. The curriculum is based on the Foundation Blocks of Learning.
For many years Blacksburg United Methodist Church (BUMC) has provided an excellent program of educational enrichment for young children of the Blacksburg area. The Preschool day includes a wide variety of activities. These are designed to encourage creativity and discovery as well as to meet the developmental needs of the child.
Blacksburg Montessori is a small, long-established preschool using Montessori methodology to both educate children and to help them develop the social and emotional skills needed in group settings. Children receive individual lessons and are also given ample opportunity to work together in the mixed-age classroom.
The hours of operation are 9 to 12:30 and children aged 3 to 5 years may attend for 3,4 or 5 morning per week.
The mission of The Children’s Garden is to provide an exceptional learning experience for young children. They provide fun, challenging, age-appropriate curricula in a warm and nurturing environment. In addition to providing instruction in the academic areas of language arts, math, science, and social studies, they include art, music, physical education, and emotional intelligence components. They offer a state-licensed Preschool Program for children ages 3-5 and both half-day and full-day kindergarten and first grade programs.
The Children’s Nest Child Care strives to create a loving environment that fosters learning through exploration and play. It welcomes children ages six weeks to twelve years from 6:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. There also is a summer program for school age children. Transportation provided.
Providing high-quality, affordable childcare and education to all families throughout the New River Valley, including low-income and student families. Kids’ Heaven is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is licensed for ages six weeks to six years. There are also half day sessions available - 3 or 5 days/week. They have a Funshine Express curriculum including English, Math, Arts and Crafts, Social Sciences and educational fieldtrips. A summer program is also available for 5 to 12 year olds; however the Child Care Center is still open year round with transportation to Blacksburg Public Schools.
The mission of MINE is to provide a nurturing, home-like, Montessori environment for the very young wherein they are encouraged and supported to do the important lifework of becoming a fully developed, whole person who is mindful of individual, environmental and community responsibilities. As an organic Montessori School, MINE provides a full time, year round Montessori education (ages 6 weeks- 6 years), Montessori certified teachers, organic vegetarian menus, organic products, and classrooms filled with natural materials.
The purpose of the Rainbow Riders Childcare Center is to provide a healthy, secure, nurturing and creative environment for children ages six weeks through twelve years. The hours of operation are 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. There is part-time preschool from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rainbow Riders Childcare is accredited by the National Association for The Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Tall Oaks Montessori School offers a unique and quality educational program . Their program is based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, to work individually with the students. There are part time and full time programs available for children two years to twelve years old. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Valley Interfaith Child Care is a non-profit program serving low to moderate income working families who live or are employed in Blacksburg. They are supported by people of many faiths and open to all. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the facility includes children from the age of birth to 5 ½ years.
The Virginia Tech Child Development Center for Learning and Research is accredited by The National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It is a full year program without any specific summer programs. The school has three classrooms that include children from 15 months to 5 years of age. The school hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. First preference is given to Virginia Tech faculty, staff and students.
The Virginia Preschool Initiative emphasizes collaboration among the home, school and community to provide a quality program which fosters the development of the whole child. A safe, nurturing environment is provided at each location which promotes active exploration, curiosity, and an excitement for learning.
Did You Know?
Blacksburg was named a Top Ten "Best Affordable Mountain Town for Retirement" by U.S. News & World Report in 2010.