Active RVA announces new Early Childhood Education certification

2017 Active RVA Awards ceremony set for May 17


Active RVA, a program of Sports Backers, today announced the addition of Early Childhood Education to the certification areas for the Active RVA Awards. The Active RVA Awards are scheduled for their new date on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:00pm at the Omni Richmond Downtown. The goal of the Active RVA Certification and Awards program is to highlight and recognize organizations throughout the Richmond region that create a culture of daily physical activity and encourage active lifestyles.

Along with the Active RVA certifications for schools and workplaces, Active RVA will now recognize early childcare providers as Active RVA certified if they pass criteria that demonstrates their commitment to physical activity for children ages 0-5. The criteria for the Early Childhood Education certification was developed by Active RVA with a team of early childhood experts from the Richmond region, including the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Virginia Infant and Toddler Specialist Network, Smart Beginnings, Child Savers, the City of Richmond Department of Social Services, and the Ready to Learn Program of the Community Idea Stations.

“With inactivity playing a key role in the development of chronic disease and other health risks, this new Active RVA certification will help preschool children develop healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime,” said Jeff McIntyre, Director of Active RVA. “Important factors include active play for preschoolers and toddlers, short periods of tummy time for babies, access to free play, and written policies on physical activity.”

On May 17, 2017, Sports Backers will host the annual Active RVA Awards. The Awards will be held at the Omni Richmond Downtown and will recognize the 2017 Active RVA Certified companies, schools, and early childhood education centers. During the 2016 awards ceremony, 99 schools and 68 companies received Active RVA certification for their efforts to encourage daily physical activity. Also recognized will be the Active RVA Changemaker of the Year and Infrastructure Awards. More information about the Active RVA Awards will be released in 2017 at

Applications for Active RVA Certification for schools, workplaces, and early childcare providers are now available. Those interested can apply at the following links:

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Also that week in Richmond, mark your calendar for Movement Makers: The National Active Living Summit from May 17-19 and Dominion Riverrock, the nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival, from May 19-21 in Richmond.


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