We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” — Malala Yousafzai

What is Voluntary Registration?

Voluntary Registration (VR) is a form of regulation available to family day homes that are not required to be licensed. Becoming licensed can be overwhelming for those only wanting to care for a few children at a time. VR was created to give family day homes access to a less demanding form of regulation.

Our CDS team often receive calls and emails from providers with questions and want support. One of those providers who reached out is Sherry Nae, owner of a Voluntarily Registered family day home called The Infant Connection in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Read her story and experience with our Child Development Services below.

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Donor Spotlight: The Robins Foundation

Access to quality child care is essential for any community to thrive. Without these options, children enter kindergarten unprepared for learning and parents and caregivers cannot fill essential jobs. In Virginia today, 50% of families live in “child care deserts,” with few to no options for child care.


The Robins Foundation recognizes that investments in early childhood can not only change the trajectory of individual lives and families, but also will deliver significant returns for the community. They have prioritized early childhood for children from birth through 5 years old, and are working closely with nonprofits supporting child care providers to ensure these spaces have the resources they need to offer high-quality care options for families in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, and Petersburg. 

Christopher Chin, President and CEO of the Robins Foundation says, "Robins Foundation highly values our longstanding partnership with ChildSavers. The strong relationships they have with so many providers in our region, the high quality and innovative programs and services they deliver to the childcare community, and their passion and commitment to meet the needs of young children and families makes them a critical partner in our efforts to expand access to and quality of early care and education services."


For over 40 years, ChildSavers has partnered with child care providers to ensure the spaces in which care is offered are safe, nurturing, and developmentally-appropriate. Resulting from a reallocation of funding at the state-level, ChildSavers was no longer able to offer free and low-cost training, coaching, and technical assistance providers have come to depend upon effective at the start of our fiscal year. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Robins Foundation, a long-term partner of ChildSavers, the ChildSavers team is able to keep these resources in place for programs that will serve 4,000 children.  


“Early care and education is a resilient profession. The field is rebounding from one of the hardest hits it has seen but they will make it back with the support of their community,” Janet Burke, Director of the Child Development Services program at ChildSavers. “This means identifying and building a new workforce with provisions such as training, coaching, and resources. We are so thankful to Robins for seeing the need and the impact that these services play on our youngest and most vulnerable learners.” 


Many, many thanks to the Robins Foundation for their investment in early care options for families!

Mark Your Calendars

ChildSavers Night at the Mantu – Thursday, November 2 @ The Mantu 5:30 – 9 PM.

Chef Noori and his team at the Mantu are offering a special night for friends of ChildSavers’ to either dine in or take out menu options at Happy Hour prices all night. Join members of ChildSavers team for this unique opportunity! Reservations are recommended - call (804) 716-6760.

Giving Tuesday is back on Tuesday, November 28th!

Giving Tuesday is celebrated globally to encourage giving back to your community, and is our biggest digital fundraiser of the year. Your collective gifts connect children to trauma informed mental health services, and quality child care.

Last year was our most successful year to date, with gifts made from 78 donors and raising over $33,000 in one day. Save the date to give your best gift on November 28th!

Book Recommendations for Kids

To celebrate National Book Month and LGBT History Month our team has submitted and recommended the following books:

Ages 0-6: Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Elementary and Middle School: Melissa by Alex Gino

High School: Darius the Great is Not Okay By Adib Khorram

Sweater Weather!

The temperatures are falling! We've updated our online store so you can stay warm while supporting ChildSavers. Happy shopping!

Need to make a stop at Kroger?

Kroger has a program that benefits local organizations like ChildSavers

just by shopping!

When you link your Kroger's Plus Shopper's Card to the ChildSavers Kroger Community Rewards account online, we receive a small percentage of everything you spend at Kroger each quarter. Your spending information is 100% confidential and Kroger does not share this information with any organization which it funds.

Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com.

  • Log into your Kroger account, and in "My Account," scroll down to Community Rewards on the bottom left.
  • Under "Find an Organization," type ChildSavers from list and click enroll.

Resource Round-up

  • Read: How to Create a Safe Learning Environment for Children (5-minute read)

  • Watch: How to Spot Depression Symptoms in Children of Different Ages (Elementary Schoolers & Teens) (3 minutes and 20 seconds)

  • We have multiple free and fee-based CDS Training opportunities coming up. Register here!

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