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The Radford Child Development, Inc. (RCD) is making steady progress towards opening a state-of-the-art early childcare center to serve the Radford community. This facility, named the Radford Early Learning Center, will be operated by Rainbow Child Care Center, a nationally accredited provider (not affiliated with Rainbow Riders in Blacksburg). The center is now accepting reservations for their January 2016 opening, for infants through Pre-K aged students, with both full and partial week options. Radford University Foundation is providing a no-interest loan to support the building’s construction by Price Williams. RCD is currently focused on marketing and fundraising to support its operations and to establish a scholarship fund that will ensure the center is accessible and affordable to everyone. To learn more or to support the effort: connect via Facebook or www.radfordchilddevelopment.org.

Rainbow Riders in Blacksburg is currently working with TAP (Total Action for Progress) Head Start in the Roanoke Valley, who was awarded a $2.7 million grant to partner with child care programs in the NRV and expand high quality early care and education. As a result, Rainbow Riders has located two small classrooms for a new early Head Start program at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Blacksburg. There will be two classes of eight children ranging in age from six weeks to three years. Rainbow Riders is currently moving through the approval processes with an ambitious goal to open on September 8, 2015. Eligible families must meet federal poverty guidelines, work at least 30 hours per week or be enrolled as a full time student, as well as meet other criteria. For more information: Kristi Snyder, rainbowkws@gmail.com

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