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Early Childhood Guidance for Families and Caregivers

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Empowering You to Become A Proactive Educational Partner

Ever wonder what your child should know by the time they finish preschool, kindergarten or first grade, in order to be ready for the next year of learning? Did you know that parents who understand the educational learning objectives for their child can reinforce these skills at home by incorporating fun family activities? Join a school readiness course, and learn how you can help your child reach their educational goals.

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Readiness Courses

A close-up photo of a child's smiling face.Courses are designed to empower parents and caregivers of children ages 3 to 6 to become learning partners with a child and their school based educators. Participants will learn engaging ways to help children learn school readiness skills. Age appropriate games and everyday activities will be taught to help foster learning in a fun and effective manner. Develop awareness of phonemic awareness, phonics, number sense, spatial relationships, and fine motor skills that promote school success for the child, as well as how to support students in print, as well as verbal and nonverbal reasoning. Parents and caregivers will learn how to proactively embed readiness skills in everyday life, and will be provided with a list of resources to make learning engaging.

Critical Thinking and Logic Skills courses for parents and caregivers of children through the 5th grade are also available this fall!


Live online classes are taught by certified gifted education teachers.

What to Expect

Synchronous Online Sessions

Our Zoom sessions are in real-time and offer an opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants.

Attendance and Participation

You are required to have your camera on during these sessions to allow for student engagement. VCU expects that students limit outside distractions, remain in one location for the duration of the session (no driving/errands), and actively participate in group discussions and activities.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

You may cancel your registration up until 7 days prior to the course start date, and receive a full refund minus any credit card processing fees. After that date, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be received via email at ocpe@vcu.edu. (Processing fees are being waived through 6/30/2023.)

In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including change or cancellation charges to include but not limited to airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

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