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Business Executives Explore Impact of Early Childhood on Future Workforce - Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Richmond, VA (Oct. 13, 2016) – The Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) will host an invitation-only luncheon and executive briefing for statewide business executives on “The Economics of Early Childhood: Smart Beginnings for Virginia’s Workforce Pipeline.”   
Business Leaders Acknowledge School Readiness as First Step in Workforce Development - Friday, October 07, 2016

Manassas, VA (September 12, 2016) – In Greater Prince William, 15.8% of kindergarteners begin school already behind; more than the state average of 12.7%. Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce have partnered to present Smart Beginnings: Job One, a luncheon and briefing for business leaders that provides information on the role of quality early learning as the foundation for workforce success.

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Virginia CACFP Summit Explores Nutrition Landscape for State's Young Children - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Early childhood education and child health champions from across Virginia gathered in Richmond to promote nutrition and food security as priorities for the health and school readiness of young children in the Commonwealth, focusing on making sure that low-income children in child care settings have nutritious meals and snacks.

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VECF Releases 2016 School Readiness Report Card - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

An analysis of trends in key indicators over the past decade shows that Virginia’s children are faring better now than they were 10 years ago. A deeper look however, reveals disparities by economic status and race/ethnicity that persist even in the face of large statewide improvements overall.

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Virginia CACFP Summit Explores Nutrition Landscape for State's Young Children - Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Early childhood education and child health champions from across Virginia gathered in Richmond to promote nutrition and food security as priorities for the health and school readiness of young children in the Commonwealth, focusing on making sure that low-income children in child care settings have nutritious meals and snacks.

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VECF Announces the Election of Jeffrey Novak to Board of Directors - Wednesday, March 16, 2016
VECF is pleased to announce the election of Jeffrey Novak, Vice President - Public Policy and Chief Counsel - Litigation and Compliance, AOL, to the VECF Board of Directors. read more ...
VECF Awards $450,000 Grant to Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia - Monday, January 25, 2016

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has awarded a $450,000 grant to Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia to support school readiness initiatives in 16 jurisdictions in the Southwest region.  A check presentation is scheduled for January 26th at the Virginia Highlands Business Incubator in Abingdon, Virginia.

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VECF Awards $180,000 Grant to Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond receives a grant of $180,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation to support their long range goals to help children throughout the region achieve lifelong success.  Now housed at the Greater Richmond Chamber Foundation, this initiative is a partnership among public and private agencies, businesses, and individuals working to enhance the quality of early childhood care and learning for young children, so they will be well-prepared to enter the workforce. read more ...
VECF Awards $170,000 to Smart Beginnings Thomas Jefferson Area - Thursday, December 03, 2015

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has awarded Smart Beginnings Thomas Jefferson Area a grant in the amount of $170,000 to help enhance the quality of early childhood care and learning for young children in the city of Charlottesville as well as Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson and Greene counties.

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VECF Awards $195,000 Grant to Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has awarded Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William a grant in the amount of $195,000 to help enhance the quality of early childhood care and learning for young children in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

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2015 Smart Beginnings Annual Meeting October 19 & 20 - Monday, October 26, 2015

VECF to hold the Smart Beginnings Annual Meeting at The Westin Richmond on October 19 and 20, 2015. 

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VECF and VA Chamber to Host 2nd Annual Executive Briefing - Tuesday, October 06, 2015

VECF and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce will host an invitation-only executive briefing for statewide business executives on "The Economics of Early Childhood: Smart Beginnings for Virginia's Workforce Pipeline."  The event, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 19 at the University of Richmond's Jepson Alumni Center, will build on the growing recognition and support for a strong public-private early childhood system in Virginia.

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W. K. Kellogg Foundation Invests $1,077,000 to Support School Readiness Initiative in Southside VA - Monday, September 14, 2015

Many families with young children in the Southside region of Virginia will benefit significantly from a grant of almost $1.1 million awarded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to VECF.  This grant will fund a three-year dual-generational initiative called Smart Beginnings for Southside Families, serving 100 families in the cities of Danville, Emporia and Martinsville along with Brunswick, Greensville, Henry, Pittsylvania and Sussex counties.

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VECF Launches 2015 Back to School with Q - Thursday, August 06, 2015

As families turn their attention to back-to-school activities in August and September, VECF and Smart Beginnings Partners across the Commonwealth will kick-off an effort to highlight  - quality – a key driver for successful school readiness.

 

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VECF Elects Officers and Four New Board Members at June Annual Meeting - Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation elected officers and four new Board of Director’s at the June Annual Meeting held at the offices of Williams Mullen in Richmond.

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VECF Launches 2015 Smart Beginnings Start with Families Campaign - Thursday, May 07, 2015

VECF and the VA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics have partnered to launch "Smart Beginnings Start with Families: Healthy Children are Ready to Learn".  The campaign is an opportunity to focus on the healthy development of children between Mother's Day and Father's Day.

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Smart Beginnings Job One Business Leaders Breakfast to be Held in Fredericksburg - Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Business leaders from the Rappahannock area will gather to attend a Smart Beginnings Job One breakfast event on April 29th to learn more about the role of quality early learning as the foundation for workforce success.  The invitation only event will be held at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center at Mary Washington University and will feature speakers Paul D. Koonce, Executive Vice President of Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power and Dr. Stephen S. Fuller, Dwight Schar Faculty Chair & University Professor; Director, Center for Regional Analysis School of Policy, Government & International Affairs at George Mason University. (Due to the whether this event was reschedule from January.)

 

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Smart Beginnings Job One Business Leaders Breakfast to be Held in Harrisonburg - Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Business leaders from the Shenandoah Valley will gather to attend a Smart Beginnings Job One breakfast event on April 15th to learn more about the role of quality early learning as the foundation for workforce success.  The invitation only event will be held at the Explore More Discovery Museum and will feature speakers Dr. Craig T. Ramey, Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Monica Q. Matherly, Senior Vice President and Human Resource Manager with Wells Fargo.

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Virginia Business Names VECF as Nonprofit Partner for The Big Ball - Monday, February 23, 2015

For the second consecutive year, Virginia Business magazine has selected the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation as its nonprofit partner to receive a portion of the proceeds from The Big Ball event scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2015 at The Jefferson Hotel.

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Smart Beginnings Job One Business Leaders Breakfast to be Held in Blacksburg - Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Business leaders from the New River Valley and Roanoke Valley Region will gather to attend a Smart Beginnings Job One breakfast event on November 12th to learn more about the role of quality early learning as the foundation for workforce success.  The invitation only event will be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center and will feature speaker Barry DuVal, President & CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

 

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VECF Annual Meeting Convenes Smart Beginnings Partners, Legislators and Business Leaders - Thursday, October 16, 2014

More than 75 statewide early childhood leaders gathered in Richmond on October 14th and 15th for the annual meeting of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.  Distinguished speakers throughout the two day event included Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, Chair, Commonwealth Council for Childhood Success, Maurice A. Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade and Olivia Golden, Executive Director, Center for Law & Social Policy.

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VECF and VA Chamber of Commerce to Host Executive Briefing on Economics of Early Childhood - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation will host an invitation-only luncheon and executive briefing for statewide business leaders on “The Economics of Early Childhood: Smart Beginnings for Virginia’s Workforce Pipeline.” The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Center.  Mike Petters, President & CEO of Huntington Ingalls, Industries and Dr. Craig Ramey, Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will be the featured speakers.

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VECF Announces "Back to School with Q - School Readiness Starts with Quality" - Friday, August 15, 2014

As families with children turn their attention to traditional back-to-school activities in August and September, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and Smart Beginnings Partners across the Commonwealth will join forces with early learning centers in an effort to highlight one of the key drivers for successful school readiness - quality early learning.

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VECF Elects Two New Members to Board of Directors at June Annual Meeting - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation elected two new members to the Board of Director's at the June Annual Meeting: Ned Massee, Vice President, Corporate Affairs with MeadWestvaco and Nicholas "Mick" Sladic, General Counsel, Operations, Collections & Rediscoveries Divisions for Capital One.

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VECF & Library of VA Launch "Smart Beginnings Start with Families Campaign" - Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and the Library of Virginia have partnered to designate May 11-June 15, the time period between Mother's Day and Father's Day, as an opportunity to focus on the unique needs of young children and to recognize that Smart Beginnings Start with Families. 

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Wytheville Healthy Kids-Healthy Start Conference Focuses on Nutrition & Fitness for School Readiness - Friday, April 04, 2014

The Healthy Kids-Healthy Start Conference, scheduled for Saturday, April 12th, is funded through joint partnerships with Smart Beginnings Wythe Bland, Wythe and Bland County Department of Social Services, and Heal Appalachia in order to promote health, wellness, and well-being in childcare settings serving Southwest Virginia.  Childcare providers and local leaders involved in organizations that work with young children and their families can attend to learn more about giving young children a healthy start in life through better fitness.

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VECF Elects New Board Members - Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has elected two business leaders to serve on the board of directors. The new board members, who began their three-year terms upon their election at the Foundation’s quarterly board meeting on March 12, 2014, are:
  • Bill Ermatinger, Corporate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Huntington Ingalls Industries, the parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.
  • Monica Matherly, Senior Vice President and Human Resources Manager at Wells Fargo in Richmond, Va.

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Smart Beginnings Leader Institute Wraps Up in Charlottesville - Tuesday, March 04, 2014

On Friday, March 7, participants will meet in Charlottesville for the fifth and final session of the inaugural Smart Beginnings Leader Institute - "Sustaining a Local Early Childhood System."  Dr. Karl N. Stauber, President & CEO of the Danville Regional Foundation, will present the keynote address and Dr. John P. Thomas, Director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, will provide closing remarks.  Fifty Leader Institute members from around the Commonwealth will be recognized for their participation.

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Virginia Business Names VECF as Nonprofit Partner for The Big Ball - Monday, February 24, 2014

Virginia Business magazine has selected the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation as the first nonprofit organization to receive a portion of the proceeds from The Big Ball event scheduled for March 6, 2014 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  The Big Ball celebrates Virginia's business leaders and unveils The Big Book, an annual publication that features lists of business leaders including the 50 most influential Virginians as well as more than 50 lists in areas ranging from Construction & Development to Tourism.

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VECF Partners with UVA’s Curry School to Pilot Online Course for Early Childhood Educators - Friday, February 21, 2014

Through a partnership with the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), within the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation is offering a free online course, “Effective Classroom Interactions,” to early childhood educators interested in improving the quality of their teaching.  To be eligible for the course, participants are required to be employed as teachers at child care centers, preschools or family child care homes that participate in the Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI).

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VECF Recruiting Programs for Training Sessions in Early Childhood Obesity Prevention - Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation is actively recruiting early childhood programs in three regions of the state to participate in training sessions aimed at reducing childhood obesity in the Commonwealth.  This effort is part of Phase One of a significant grant by Nemours to VECF and its grant partners: Child Care Aware of Virginia, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Social Services.  VECF has hired a Health Initiative Coordinator to manage planning, implementation and evaluation of the Nemours grant, which is valued at potentially up to $1.5 million over a 5 year period.

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UPDATE: Rescheduled Date: March 7 - Final Session of the Smart Beginnings Leader Institute - Friday, January 24, 2014

On Wednesday, January 29th, participants will meet in Charlottesville for the fifth and final session of the inaugural Smart Beginnings Leader Institute - "Sustaining a Local Early Childhood System."  Dr. Karl N. Stauber, President & CEO of the Danville Regional Foundation, will present the keynote address and Katherine Busser, VECF board member and former EVP of Capital One, will provide closing remarks.  Fifty Leader Institute members from around the Commonwealth will be recognized for their participation.

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Taking Aim at Childhood Obesity - VECF & Partners selected to Receive National Nemours Grant - Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Nemours, an internationally recognized children's health system, has selected VECF and its collaborative partners: Child Care Aware of VA, the VA Foundation for Healthy Youth, the VA Dept. of Social Services and the VA Dept. of Health to receive a national grant.  VA was one of three states selected to implement strategies to reduce childhood obesity.

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VECF 2013 Annual Meeting to Focus on Building Partnerships & Public Engagement for School Readiness - Monday, October 14, 2013

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation will hold its annual meeting at the Hotel Roanoke on October 21-22 with the focus "Making the Case: Building Will & Public Engagement."  Approximately 100 business, education and community leaders who are involved in local Smart Beginnings school readiness initiatives from across the Commonwealth will convene for this annual event.

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Smart Beginnings Eastern Shore Launches School Readiness Initiative - Monday, September 16, 2013

Smart Beginnings Eastern Shore, which was originally known as the Eastern Shore Early Childhood Coalition, is a collaborative effort involving community leaders from public and private sectors throughout the Eastern Shore region.  Kathy Glazer, VECF President, is "pleased to welcome this new initiative to the Smart Beginnings family and to support their regional collaboration for school readiness."

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Leaders Convene in Roanoke for 2nd Session of the Smart Beginnings Leader Institute - Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Smart Beginnings Leader Institute members from Central Virginia, Danville Pittsylvania, Greater Roanoke, Martinsville Henry, New River Valley, Shenandoah Valley and Southwest convened at Cox Communications in Roanoke for their second Leader Institute session.  Their session was led by Deborah Roberston (South Carolina First Steps) and David Lisk (York County First Steps.)

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School Readiness Leaders Convene in Richmond for Smart Beginnings Leader Institute Session Two - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

On August 20th school readiness leaders met at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond to convene for Session Two of the Smart Beginnings Leader Institute.  The speakers from South Carolina's statewide early childhood initiative, First Steps, were Deborah Robertson, Director of Quality Business Engagement for South Carolina First Steps, and David Lisk, Executive Director of York County First Steps.

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Early Childhood Leaders to Participate in Inaugural Smart Beginnings Leader Institute - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

VECF announces the creation of the Smart Beginnings Leader Institute, a seven-month series of sessions designed to engage, educate and enrich the capacity of leaders across the state in advancing school readiness for Virginia's young children.

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VECF Announces New Board Leadership and Members - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ben Davenport, chairman of Davenport Energy and First Piedmont Corporation in Chatham, VA, was elected Chair of the Board of Directors. Other officers elected were Katherine Busser, Adrian Chapman, & Reggie Jones.  Drawing on Virginia’s top business, education, and health leaders, VECF welcomes six new board members.

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VECF Announces Regional Support for Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

VECF and United Way Virginia Highlands have partnered to build a regional system of support and operations for the local Smart Beginnings Initiatives in Southwest Virginia.  Leadership will be provided by Buckey Boone, the newly hired Regional Coordinator for Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia.

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Engaging Preschoolers in STEM Subjects Builds Future Workforce - Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Richmond, Virginia (October, 2012) - Two preschools in the Tri-Cities region will benefit from an innovative program that teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts and skills to young children through the arts. The program, a partnership between Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Northrop Grumman Foundation, will visit Lil Angels Day Care in Hopewell and Cornerstone Tender Care in Petersburg/Prince George County during the week of October 22-26. read more ...
Glazer Named New President of Virginia Early Childhood Foundation - Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Richmond, VA (December 2011) -  The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has announced that Kathy Glazer, a longtime advocate for policies benefiting young children and families in Virginia, will become the organization’s new president effective January 16, 2012. read more ...
Grant from VECF Boosts School Readiness Efforts in Fluvanna & Louisa Counties - Monday, August 22, 2011
Richmond, VA (August 2011) - Smart Beginnings Fluvanna Louisa, an initiative launched in 2009 to enhance school readiness among the area’s youngest citizens, has received a $100,000 grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation read more ...
Grant from VECF Boosts School Readiness Efforts in Northumberland & Lancaster - Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Richmond, VA (July 2011) - Smart Beginnings Northumberland Lancaster, an initiative launched in 2010 to enhance school readiness among the area’s youngest citizens, has received a $95,000 grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). read more ...
VECF Grants Take School Readiness Efforts to the Next Level in Central VA - Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Richmond, VA (July 2011) - The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has awarded several new grants to advance school readiness initiatives in Central Virginia so that young children can start school healthy and ready to learn. read more ...
Prince William Area Launches School Readiness Initiative with $50,000 PNC Grant - Monday, June 27, 2011
Richmond, Va. (June 2011) – Hundreds of young children and their families in the Prince William County, Manassas City and Manassas Park areas will benefit from a new school readiness initiative launched with a $50,000 planning grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and the PNC Foundation. read more ...
Early Learning in SW Virginia Gets Financial Boost from Dominion - Monday, June 27, 2011
Richmond, VA (June 2011) - The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, has awarded a grant of $100,000 to support the Southwest Virginia Regional School Readiness Initiative of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation read more ...
USAF Brigadier General Headlines Virginia Job One Event in Roanoke - Thursday, April 07, 2011
Roanoke, VA (April 2011) – Almost 100 local business leaders in greater Roanoke learned that investing in quality early childhood development is not only vital to growing a smarter workforce, it’s a matter of national security. read more ...
USAF Brigadier General Headlines Virginia Job One Event in Bedford - Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Bedford, VA (April 2011) – More than 100 local business leaders in Lynchburg and Bedford learned that investing in quality early childhood development is not only vital to growing a smarter workforce, it’s a matter of national security. read more ...
VECF Awards Booster Funds to Support Local Early Childhood Initiative - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Richmond, VA (February 2011) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), in conjunction with the Office of Early Childhood Development, has awarded $21,585 in supplementary Virginia Star Quality Initiative booster funds to Smart Beginnings Alexandria/Arlington through the Campagna Center. read more ...
Crater Region Receives $50,000 Grant for New School Readiness Initiative - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Richmond, VA (February 2011) – The statewide Smart Beginnings initiative brings people together to help Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages prenatal to five, be better prepared for success in school and in life. read more ...
Quality Child Care Rating Initiative Expands to Home-Based Providers In Six Virginia Communities - Saturday, January 01, 2011
Richmond, VA (January 2011) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) and the Virginia Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD) are pleased to announce a pilot program to expand the Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI) to include child care services provided in home-based settings. read more ...
Brunswick, Halifax & Mecklenburg Counties Receive $50,000 Grant For New School Readiness Initiative - Saturday, January 01, 2011
Richmond, VA (January 2011) – The statewide Smart Beginnings initiative brings people together to help Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages prenatal to five, be successful in school and, ultimately, in the future workforce. read more ...
2010 Press Releases
Smart Beginnings Conducts Community Assessment of Early Childhood Needs
Smart Beginnings Wythe Bland is conducting a comprehensive community needs assessment to determine the full-scope of current and potential early childhood development programs and services that will help young children be successful in school. read more ...
$5.4 Million to Boost School Readiness & Future Workforce in Danville & Pittsylvania County
The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) announced today that the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) has awarded an unprecedented five-year grant of over $5.4 million for Smart Beginnings Danville- Pittsylvania County to dramatically expand the region’s commitment to school readiness for thousands of young children. read more ...
$150,000 grant awarded to smart beginnings rappahannock area
Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area, a community-based coalition working to improve early childhood education and school readiness in the region, announced it has received a $150,000 grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), a statewide public-private partnership. read more ...
Virginia Chosen by U.S. Dept. of Defense for Pilot Program to Provide Military Families with Quality
The U.S. Department of Defense has selected the Commonwealth of Virginia, among 12 other states, to participate in a nationwide pilot partnership to ensure that all military families in active service have access to high quality early education opportunities for their young children. read more ...
Early Childhood Stakeholders to Attend 2-Day Statewide Summit in October Event Kicks Off on Oct. 20
The needs of young children around the Commonwealth will take center stage in mid-October. A two-day statewide Summit, Virginia’s Plan for Smart Beginnings: Strategies for 21st Century Prosperity, is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, October 20-21, at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. read more ...
USAF Brigadier General to Headline Virginia Kids Now! Event Young professionals hear about link betw
A top military officer is the featured speaker at the first major gathering of Virginia Kids Now!, a new initiative of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) that targets young professionals who are committed to helping young children be successful in school and in life. read more ...
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Announces New Location
The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) has moved to new offices in the Koger Center at 8001 Franklin Farms Drive, Suite 116, Richmond, VA 23229. The organization will occupy most of a first-floor wing of the building. read more ...
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Announces New Officers & Board Members
The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) has elected several new members to its Board of Directors, including elected officials, a retired brigadier general and executive leaders from corporations and educational institutions from around the state. read more ...
$150,000 Grant Awarded to Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula Funds by Virginia Early Childhood Foun
Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula, a local collaborative coalition working to improve the quality of early education and care in Newport News and Hampton, has received a significant grant of $150,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), a public-private partnership headquartered in Richmond, Va. read more ...
$100,000 Grant Awarded to Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater Funds by Virginia Early Childhood Found
Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater, a local collaborative coalition working to improve the quality of early education and care in the City of Franklin, as well as in Southampton and Isle of Wight counties, has received a significant grant of $100,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), a public-private partnership headquartered in Richmond, Va. read more ...
$125,000 Grant Awarded to Smart Beginnings Alexandria/Arlington Funds by Virginia Early Childhood Fo
Smart Beginnings Alexandria/Arlington, a local collaborative coalition working to improve the quality of early education and care in Alexandria and Arlington, has received a significant grant of $125,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), a public-private partnership headquartered in Richmond, Va. read more ...
$100,000 Grant Awarded to Smart Beginnings Central Virginia Funds by Virginia Early Childhood Founda
Smart Beginnings Central Virginia, a local collaborative coalition working to improve the quality of early education and care in the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford, and Amherst, Appomattox and Campbell counties, has received a significant grant of $100,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). The VECF is a public-private partnership headquartered in Richmond, Va. read more ...
$116,000 Grant Awarded to Smart Beginnings Hopewell-Prince George Funds by Virginia Early Childhood
Smart Beginnings Hopewell-Prince George, a local collaborative coalition working to improve the quality of early education and care in the City of Hopewell, as well as in Prince George County, has received a significant grant of $116,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), a public-private partnership headquartered in Richmond, Va. read more ...
$100,000 Grant Awarded to Smart Beginnings Martinsville Henry County Funds by Virginia Early Childho
Smart Beginnings Martinsville Henry County, a local collaborative coalition working to improve the quality of early education and care in the City of Martinsville, as well as in Henry County, has received a significant grant of $100,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), a public-private partnership headquartered in Richmond, Va. read more ...
$125,000 Grant Awarded to Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley Funds by Virginia Early Childhood Found
Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley, a local collaborative coalition working to improve the quality of early education and care in the Cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro, as well as in Augusta, Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties, has received a significant grant of $125,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), a publicprivate partnership headquartered in Richmond, Va. read more ...
$100,000 Grant Awarded to Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke Funds by Virginia Early Childhood Foundat
Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke, a local collaborative working to improve the quality of early education and care in the Roanoke, has received a significant grant of $100,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), a public-private partnership headquartered in Richmond, Va. read more ...
Wythe and Bland Counties Receive $50,000 Grant For New School Readiness Initiative
The statewide Smart Beginnings initiative brings people together to help Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages prenatal to five, be better prepared for success in school and in life. Community leaders from the public and private sectors in Wythe and Bland counties recently received a $50,000.00 Smart Beginnings planning grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). The early childhood development and education initiative will be known as Smart Beginnings Wythe Bland. read more ...
Landmark Summit in SW Virginia to Focus on Needs of Young Children
Early childhood development as the foundation of Virginia’s 21st century workforce is the focus of an exciting day-long Summit. read more ...
Russell, Washington Counties and City of Bristol, Va., Receive $50,000 Grant for New School Readines
The statewide Smart Beginnings initiative brings people together to help Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages prenatal to five, be better prepared for success in school and in life. Community leaders from the public and private sectors in Russell and Washington counties, as well as the city of Bristol, Va., recently received a $50,000 Smart Beginnings planning grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). read more ...
Early Childhood Summit Brings Top Leaders Together for Young Children Event to be held on March 2 in
What do George Mason University and the Federal
Reserve Bank of Richmond have in common? Executive-level officers of both of those esteemed institutions are featured speakers at a statewide Summit to improve the state’s early childhood development system, so that today’s young children will become tomorrow’s workforce and maybe even executive-level officers themselves. read more ...
2009 Press Releases
Dec. 8 is Graduation Day for 13 Local Early Childhood Stakeholders New Smart Beginnings Leadership T
A new training program that is custom-designed to develop the leadership skills of early childhood stakeholders in communities around Virginia will honor the first-ever class of graduates locally on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6:00 PM. read more ...
Local Counties Receive $50,000 Grant for Smart Beginnings Initiative
Community leaders from the public and private sectors in Smyth and Tazewell Counties applied for and received a $50,000 Smart Beginnings planning grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). The statewide Smart Beginnings initiative brings individuals together to help Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages prenatal to five, be better prepared for success in school and in life. read more ...
Young Children & School Readiness are Focus of Statewide Summit
More than 100 statewide professionals in early childhood development and education are gathering in Richmond today to discuss strategies and initiatives to help young children get high-quality early learning experiences in the first five years of life. read more ...
Local Counties Receive $50,000 Grant for Smart Beginnings Initiative Funding Supports Early Educatio
The statewide Smart Beginnings initiative brings people together to help Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages prenatal to five, be better prepared for success in school and in life. Community leaders from the public and private sectors in Franklin and Patrick counties applied for and recently received a $50,000 Smart Beginnings planning grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). read more ...
Heartland Counties Receive $50,000 Grant for Smart Beginnings Initiative Funding Supports New Early
The statewide Smart Beginnings initiative brings people together to help Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages prenatal to five, be better prepared for success in school and in life. Community leaders from the public and private sectors in seven counties in Virginia applied for and recently received a $50,000 Smart Beginnings planning grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). read more ...
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Announces New VP-Programs
The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has promoted Maria Brown to Vice President of Programs. She joined the VECF in 2008 as Senior Director of Initiatives and Technical Assistance, with responsibility for building and maintaining the Foundation’s focus on high-quality early learning programs and services for young children, as well as managing the technical assistance required to support the VECF’s grantees and service providers statewide. read more ...
Early Childhood Expert Joins Virginia Early Childhood Foundation to Oversee New Daycare Rating Progr
Phylis Benner has joined the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) as Special Projects Coordinator. In this position, she will be responsible for oversight of many aspects of Virginia’s new quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for daycare centers and preschool program providers, also known as the Star Rating Initiative. read more ...
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Awards $580,000 in Grants Money for early learning programs bene
The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) recently awarded eight new grants totaling $580,000 to support high-quality early childhood services in more than 25 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. read more ...
New River Valley Region Invests $62,500 in School Readiness Initiative
Smart Beginnings New River Valley, a collaborative coalition formed to support high quality early childhood services for the region’s young children, has received a grant of $50,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). read more ...
Southside Crater Region Invests $50,000 in School Readiness Initiative
Smart Beginnings Crater Region, a collaborative coalition formed to support high-quality early learning initiatives for the area’s young children, will receive a grant of $50,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). read more ...
Alexandria & Arlington Area Invests $150,000 in School Readiness Initiative
Smart Beginnings Alexandria/Arlington, a collaborative coalition formed to support high quality early learning initiatives for young children, has received a grant of $100,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). read more ...
Fluvanna County Invests $62,500 in School Readiness Initiative
Smart Beginnings Fluvanna County, a collaborative coalition formed to support high-quality early learning initiatives for young children in the county, will receive a grant of $50,000 from the Virginia Early childhood Foundation (VECF). read more ...
Multimedia/Marketing Pro Joins Virginia Early Childhood Foundation
The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) announces that Charles Edward “Eddie” Williams has joined the staff in Richmond, Va., as Marketing Communications Manager. read more ...
Southwest VA Region Invests $50,000 in School Readiness Initiative
Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia, a collaborative coalition formed by People Incorporated of Virginia to support high-quality early learning initiatives for the region’s young children, will receive a grant of $50,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). read more ...
Success By 6 Now Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley Coalition Hires First Coordinator
United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announces that the Success By 6 Coalition of the Shenandoah Valley, launched in 2001 to address the needs of young children from ages 0-5, will be renamed Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley. read more ...
Hopewell-Prince George Invests $150,000 in School Readiness Initiative Check presentation ceremony s
Smart Beginnings Hopewell-Prince George, a collaborative coalition formed to support high-quality early learning initiatives for young children in the region, will receive a significant grant of $100,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). read more ...
Appalachian Region Invests $61,000 in School Readiness Initiative
Smart Beginnings Appalachian Region, a collaborative coalition formed recently to support high-quality early learning initiatives for young children, will receive a grant of $50,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). read more ...
Appalachian Region Invests $61,000 in School Readiness Initiative
Smart Beginnings Appalachian Region, a collaborative coalition formed recently to support high-quality early learning initiatives for young children, will receive a grant of $50,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). read more ...
Noted Statewide Business Leaders Elected to VECF Board Jim Dunn & Glenn Kinard champion early learni
Two high-profile leaders in the state’s business community were elected to the board of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation: James W. “Jim” Dunn, the retired president and CEO of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and now an organization consultant for Bon Secours Richmond Foundation, and Glenn E. Kinard, regional president of PNC Bank in Fredericksburg, Va. The announcement was made at the board’s monthly meeting in January 2009. read more ...
Smart Beginnings MHC Receives National Recognition
Smart Beginnings of Martinsville and Henry County has been selected by Champions of Inclusive Communities (ChampionsInC) to be spotlighted as part of their Community Recognition Program which identifies communities that are good models of community-based service systems. read more ...