Our Work

Virginia Beach GrowSmart exists to promote and improve the healthy development, school readiness, and reading proficiency of young children, ages 0-8. If you are a parent or caregiver of a young child, please visit our "Parents" page for resources and information on raising healthy, happy, and school-ready children.

In addition to providing resources for parents and families, GrowSmart offers programming to ensure the availability of high-quality early education and to promote reading proficiency by third grade. Follow the links below to learn more about these initiatives.

GrowSmart Programs

Early Education Small Business Training Program

Early Education Small Business Training Program was launched in 2010 as a partnership between Virginia Beach GrowSmart and the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Professional Learning & Development

Through its Provider Training Series and Kindergarten Readiness Training, Virginia Beach GrowSmart provides high-quality training and career advancement opportunities to Virginia Beach early education professionals.

Celebrating Children

In 2015, GrowSmart took lead on planning Celebrating Children. This yearly event highlights the healthy development of children through physical activity.

Virginia Beach READS

As a member of the national network of communities across the United States that have joined the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Virginia Beach READS focuses on three pillars of success proven to directly impact reading proficiency in the early grades.