Smart Beginnings partners across the state are working to ensure that every child will enter school ready to learn. Smart Beginnings communities collaborate across public and private sectors, including K-12 education, early care, health, local government, faith-based, family support, social service, higher education, and the business community to build a comprehensive locally driven early childhood system.
These are just a few highlights of our partners' recent work:
For the 5th year in a row, Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond has raised awareness of kindergarten registration and school readiness. The kindergarten registration date was April 16, and included 15 localities in their region - 152 elementary schools. Smart Beginnings facilitated PSAs, TV and radio interviews, bi-lingual newspaper inserts, posters and social media to help raise awareness. Check out some of their highlights on the link below to see how they collaborated with media partners to help ensure regional kindergarten registration was a success in 2015.
Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond's 2015 K-Registration Materials and PSA
Smart Beginnings Thomas Jefferson Area along with the United Way - Thomas Jefferson Area hosted an Early Education Summit on April 23rd in Charlottesville. The discussion focused on bridging the gap of at-risk children in need of early learning programs. Mike Chinn, Smart Beginnings Thomas Jefferson Area Leadership Council Chair and President/CEO of SNL Financial, initiated a community discussion on the importance of equal access to pre-k for young children. Approximately 80 community leaders were in attendance including several Albemarle County supervisors, Charlottesville City councilors and Charlottlesville and Albemarle school board members, including both superintendents. To learn more about the event, click on the link below:
Article on the April 23rd Early Education Summit
Read all about Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia's regional and local achievements, partners, and activities in their recent edition of Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia’s E-newsletter.
Read about Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania's work in their latest newsletter.