Our 4th Annual Early Learning Symposium 

We hope you will make plans to join us for this exciting annual training event on Saturday, September 26, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, at The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research .  For more information or to register, click on the link below or call Talitha Kirby at 797-8887.

Workshop Descriptions and Registration Form



Free Parenting Classes Begin August 18th!

Smart Beginnings DP is sponsoring The Incredible Years, a free parent education class for parents and caregivers of children ages 2 - 8. Childcare and a meal or snack are provided. Classes are offered at a variety of locations and times to fit parent schedules. Class length includes a 15-week and a 6-week option to fit a variety of parent needs. Advance registration required. Registration ends September 10th. For more information or to register, call Smart Beginnings at (434) 797-8887.


2014 Smart Beginnings Annual Report

Starting with a core focus on the child, Smart Beginnings help local communities deliver on creating optimal conditions for child development, laying the foundation for school and life success. In this report, we are pleased to share the progress of our Smart Beginnings partners in improving school readiness in communities across the state, as demonstrated by improved early literacy scores, reduced rates of need for reading intervention services, and lower rates of kindergarten retention. This is just a small slice of the many successes of the Smart Beginnings communities.

Read the Annual Report


Fall 2015 Newsletter

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Read about training tips, upcoming events, staff changes, and other news in the latest edition of our newsletter for early childhood professionals.


Kindergarten registration begins Friday, March 20

Monday, March 16, 2015

Kindergarten registration begins at Danville City Schools and Pittsylvania County Schools on Friday, March 20, 2015. 

“When a parent registers a child early for kindergarten, it is a sign that they are thinking about the exciting and sometimes challenging transition to elementary school.  There is so much that parents and caregivers can do between March and August to prepare a child for success in kindergarten,” said Ann Vandervliet Stratton, executive director, Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania.



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The Science of Early Childhood Development

The Science of Early Childhood Development


Virginia's Getting Ready Model

Virginia's Getting Ready Model

Ready Families. Able to support and provide for healthy children.

Ready Communities. Able to support families as child's first teacher.

Ready Services. Able to provide high quality care to all young children.

Ready Schools. Able to accept "ready" children and provide seamless transitions.

Ready Children. Age appropriate in all six developmental domains: physical developmental and health; social and emotional development; approaches to learning; language and literacy development; cognition and general knowledge and fine arts.