Professional Development

Virginia Beach GrowSmart provides high-quality training and career advancement opportunities to Virginia Beach early education professionals.

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Professional Development

GrowSmart provides ongoing professional development opportunities to early care and education professionals. Due to the high turnover and low wages of this workforce, this training is free and supports best practice and developmentally appropriate care. Early education training opportunities occur monthly for all levels – entry, leadership and quality improvement. Due to licensing requirements, early education professionals need 16 hours annually of professional development and training.

With funding from Virginia Beach GrowSmart, Children's Harbor presented a series of nine professional development workshops from September to June. Topics included: positive discipline, improving communication with parents and staff, meeting the needs of children, and many more. 

If you are an early education provider working in the city of Virginia Beach, contact Children's Harbor to register for one of these FREE workshops! Call (757) 399-1337 or email:

2020 Raising the Bar - Virtual Summitt

Main Event: Saturday, October 10, 2020 via Zoom

GrowSmart will offer a limited number of scholarships for the Main Event! Scholarships are on a first-come, first-served basis - with a limit of 4 per program. To register and apply for a scholarship, go here. Providers are encouraged to attend the weekday programs, payments for bundles and additional sessions can be coordinated with Children's Harbor. 

Registration/Scholarship Form Here

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