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Smart Beginnings for Southside Families

The VA Early Childhood Foundation is excited to announce a newly funded initiative in the southern region of Virginia (summary below). We seek a high capacity individual to lead this ambitious dual-generation approach to breaking the cycle of poverty for 100 families in communities in Southside VA by improving community capacity to support children’s optimal development as well as parents’ job training leading to employment. The Family Coach will be pivotal in ensuring the success of this exciting initiative funded by the WK Kellogg Foundation. Qualifications for the ideal candidate are shown in the job description (below) and include residency in the region.

Smart Beginnings for Southside Families Summary

Family Coach Job Description


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


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.


Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania encourages a shared vision for young children and families

Monday, February 2, 2015

Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania hosted “Creating a Shared Vision for Young Children in Danville and Pittsylvania County” on Friday, January 30, 2015, at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.  “More than sixty-five community leaders from multiple agencies such as Danville Public Schools, Pittsylvania County Schools, Head Start, the Health Department, the Danville Department of Social Services, the Chamber of Commerce, the Community Services Board, Averett University, Danville Community College, local government, the healthcare community and others participated in an interactive conversation about young children and families. 


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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.