Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change staff membership when there is staff turnover?

Yes you can! All you need to do is notify Child Care Aware of VA staff of the change.  You can call Professional Development Specialist at (804) 285-0846, M-F 8:30am – 4:30pm

What are some of the benefits of a Virginia Shared Services Network membership?

  • Purchase products and services at a HUGE savings!
  • Increase the professional look of forms and communication by using simple customizable templates for marketing, communication with parents, classroom events and More!
  • Access to over 1,200 resources to help you save time and money allowing you to increase the quality of your program

Are the discounts through vendors we know and use?

Yes they are! Vendors include: Constructive Playthings, Discount School Supply, Kaplan, Lakeshore, Staples, ADP Payroll, Sprint, ChaseBank, Food Source Plus and MORE!

How does the site get discounts?

By becoming a member of Virginia Shared Services Network you are becoming a member of a larger buying group across the country! Child care provider’s in 28 states use the same vendor’s on similar sites like ours. This expanded buying power allows the administrator of Virginia Shared Services Network to negotiate discounts and limited time offers that can’t be negotiated by smaller companies.

Are the resources and discounts up to date?

YES! The site is continually updated to include the latest best practices and new resources. Every month you will see the current featured or special discounts vendors are offering on the home page.

How will the website save me time?

You’ll have all of the resources you need in one place without needing to search for them. And they have all been vetted by lawyers so you know your business is protected. Ready-made templates will save you time with marketing, family communication, lesson plans and menus. VA Shared Services Network also has customizable templates for marketing, parent/staff handbooks, and budgets.

Are resources available in other languages?

Yes, many resources are available in Spanish and the website can be converted to 5 other languages.

Which of my staff can use the website?

Once your membership fee is paid, you can have up to 5 staff receive their own log in.

Does my subscription fee increase with the number of staff I have?

No, your fee is determined by your business type. Child care center/preschool or family child care home.

Can Virginia Shared Services Network help me with hiring and managing staff?

YES! The website has HR policies you can customize to fit your program needs along with other resources to assist you in hiring, supervising and terminating employment in a professional, legal way.

Can Virginia Shared Services Network help me with family involvement?

YES! There are many resources available to help you and your staff engage families. You will find parent handouts to print and share, templates for family events /newsletters, and child development fact sheets in English and Spanish.

For a FREE demonstration of the VA Shared Services Network site CLICK HERE to find your regional representative.