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Early Learning

 Children are born wired to learn through play and exploration. Provide your child with quality experiences and environments that promote learning.

  Early Learning

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Children are born wired to learn through play and exploration, and families are often their most influential teachers. That’s why it’s up to you to provide your child with quality experiences and environments that promote learning. Children typically develop and master new skills in a certain order or gradual progression. Every child develops at his or her individual rate and possesses unique characteristics, talents and interests. These new skills are often categorized into the six domains of learning with many of the skills overlapping between domains.


Many factors can determine whether kids have a solid foundation or one that will crumble when they are challenged with tough decisions. Read More


As children change and grow, their brains are busy learning and making connections. As they explore and interact with the world around them, their cognitive development rapidly expands. Read More


During the first few years the human body changes rapidly and dramatically. Children’s physical well-being, health, and motor development are cornerstones of early development and learning. These are all key dimensions of school readiness. Read More


Social and emotional development is essential to children’s growth. Help your child succeed by guiding them in the following areas: Read More


Your child is going to experience a variety of emotions as he or she matures. As a parent, it is up to you to understand your child’s behaviors and handle them appropriately. Read More


Children start developing listening skills at birth. Your baby begins to hear sounds and they begin to recognize familiar voices. Read More

Related Information

Why Attendance Matters

Research shows consistent school attendance, missing no more than 10% of school days, can result in higher success rates in the classroom. Students that miss school frequently, often get too far behind in their coursework to be successful in completing the class. Both chronic absenteeism and tardiness cause academic issues as early as kindergarten and negatively impact academic success for the year. Find out what VB is doing to promote on-time consistent school attendance here.

KG Transition Checklist

GrowSmart, in partnership with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, the Virginia Beach Public Library, YMCA-Early Discoveries, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, and area preschool providers, has developed a Kindergarten Transition Plan that outlines strategies for families, schools and the community to help children and families transition successfully from preschool to kindergarten. Download our checklist here.

School Locator

Have you just relocated to Virginia Beach or are you considering placing your child in a VB public school? Use the school division’s School Locator to find out which school your child will attend.

Out-of-School Time Learning

Virginia Beach’s Department of Parks and Recreation offers a variety of before and after care programs for children.  Many of these programs are conveniently held at your child’s school before the school day begins, while others operate during the after-school hours.  In addition, you may be eligible for a fee waiver.  This means that you may quality to receive the same level of services as a full paying member, at a fraction of the cost.  Visit any of the six recreation centers to get more information.  Not sure which center is closest to you?  Call 385-1100 or visit the Parks & Recreation website.

Independent Schools

The National Association of Independent Schools states that private schools provide students with individual attention, smaller classes and higher academic standards. As a parent, only you can decide if private education is right for your child. Identify your child’s needs, do your research, and review your choices before making a decision. Visit the Virginia Council for Private Education’s website to find an accredited nonpublic school here.

Exceptional Children

Read about the Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Special Education Program here. Virginia Beach City Public Schools has several programs and services available for students designated as gifted. Visit the VBCPS website to learn more about available programs.

Home Schooling

The decision to homeschool is often a very personal and a difficult choice for parents. There is no one reason that parents list consistently as to why they select this option for their child. Regardless of the reason, if homeschooling is the right choice for your family, equip yourself so that your child’s homeschool experience will be the best. Find out the VB Policies and Regulations for home instruction, and discover valuable resources for VA home educators.

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GrowSmart’s mission is to promote and improve the healthy development, school readiness, and reading proficiency of young children, ages 0-8, in Virginia Beach.