The VICCC Story
In 2003, a group of Blacksburg friends from local faith groups gathered to identify the most pressing social needs in the New River Valley and to see if there was a way to address one of these needs. The group quickly identified the plight of the low-income working parents with infant and toddler children, who had few or no choices for good, affordable places to leave their children while they worked. At the most critical time in the child’s development, many of the youngest in the New River Valley are missing out on the experiences that could make the difference in their ability to succeed in kindergarten and in life.
The group began publicizing this issue, and found immediate and heartfelt responses for the vision of high-quality, affordable, fully-state-licensed care to the children of income eligible working families of the Valley.
VICCC was formally organized early in 2004. A Board of Directors sought and obtained 501 (c)(3) status as a true not-for-profit organization. Financial support was strong. Contributions from a community that recognized the need began coming in. After operating in separate centers in Christiansburg and Blacksburg, VICCC is now located in the beautiful facility owned by Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren at the corner of Prices Fork and Heather Drive.
The babies in the infant room like to play, eat, and sleep. Ms. LaKara helps them to build with blocks and knock them down. They are learning to crawl and hold their own bottles. They are becoming their own little people and begin to show their individuality. The babies squeal in delight when they are read to or helped to play with a toy. They are little people learning to grow, walk, bang into things, and throw! We are so glad they are here.
The 2 year olds are learning to sit still and listen to stories. They are singing their ABCs and 123s. They love to do crafts, especially when they get to cut with scissors and glue things. They run outside and play in the sunshine. They are learning to use their words when upset, instead of hitting their friends. They are learning that when their parent leaves, they always come back. Ms. Regina is teaching them about pottying and controlling their bodies. So much to do in the mind of a 2 year old! We love the Yellow Classroom.
The 4 year olds in the Blue Room are learning to recognize the sounds letters make, and learning to write their letters. They make crafts to go with the “Book of the Month,” and take turns “reading” it to their classmates. The preschool curriculum guides them through reading and phonics. They practice their letters every day by singing a neat song. The blue room children express themselves through their bodies with music, dance, and yoga. They are learning about diversity, individuality, and how these characteristics work together and in the world.
The toddlers are aged 12-24 months. They can walk around and explore their environment. They are learning to hold their spoons and sippy cups, and becoming independent. They love to go outside and play in the sandbox. They enjoy activities using their hands and bright colors. They are learning new words and love to sing everyday. We are thankful for each one of them!
The 3 year olds are starting to learn about shapes and letters. They sing about the weather and the days of the week. They are learning to follow the leader and take turns. They love to play in the water and explore their world with their bodies. They are read to everyday and are memorizing stories and asking development-appropriate questions. Oh, the things they are learning today with Ms. Lucy! It’s great to be in the Green Room.