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Great Beginnings Academy, a 501c3 nonprofit, delivers quality and affordable early development programs so that children have an equal opportunity to succeed, especially disadvantaged children. The Center is located at 3101 Cove Road NW, Roanoke, VA 24017, inside the Garden of Prayer #7 Vision of Faith Ministries church.


Provide a safe, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate learning environment in conjunction with a quality educational curriculum that assists the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of children.

Anti-poverty Initiative

Literacy is our premiere program to reduce the impact on poverty. The National Institute for Literacy estimates that 43% of adults with deficient literacy skills live in poverty. We provide a literacy-rich environment to focus on:


We know that the most critical factor contributing to a child's learning success is teachers' quality. Our staff and teachers meet the required qualifications, and they actively continue their professional development in child development.

Religious Exempt Center

In compliance with the Code of Virginia, Section 63.2-1716, this Center is religiously exempt from licensure and is classified as a “religiously exempt child day center.”

Statement of Non-discrimination

The Center welcomes all families, regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, ancestry, marital or parental status, and physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability.

Statement of Affiliation

Great Beginnings Academy is a Christian-based child development program affiliated with the Garden of Prayer #7 Vision of Faith Ministries church. While providing a loving, Christian environment for learning, we do not enforce religious beliefs on enrolled children or their parents.


Great Beginnings Academy was established on July 20, 2015, by Garden of Prayer #7 Vision of Faith Ministries church. The Family Day Home daycare, located at 3037 Cove Road, was named Providence House Child Care and Development, and it served 12 children. In May 2017, the daycare moved to the old sanctuary building located at 3101 Cove Road. With a new building came the name change to Great Beginnings Academy. May 20, 2017, was the ribbon-cutting and dedication. The summer of 2017 hosted the first summer camp for school-age and preschool children, which seeded the full-day and part-day programs for the 2017-2018 school year. The Center currently offers toddler, preschool, and after school year-round programs. The Center has the capacity to serve 100 children.