Upcoming Events

Exploring Childhood Literacy
Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Time: 10:00am - 12 noon
Location: Chatham History and Research Center
RSVP to training@smartbeginingsdp.org or 797-8887.
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Director's Network
State Level Changes: What's New with VSQI
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2014
Time: 11:45am - 1:00pm
Location TBA

Director's Network
Motivation: How to Keep Yourself and Your Staff Motivated
Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 11:45am - 1:00pm
Location TBA

Developmental Milestones of Child Development
Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location TBA

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


Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania receives regional grant to improve quality of infant and toddler care

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania has been awarded $92,865 from Child Development Resources to administer a regional Virginia Infant Toddler Specialist Network grant for the Piedmont Southside Region. The Piedmont Southside Region includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, Henry, Nelson, Patrick, and Pittsylvania; the cities of Danville, Lynchburg, and Martinsville; and the town of Bedford. The region is one of nine service areas in Virginia.


Smart Beginnings expects record attendance for early learning symposium

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania will host its 3rd annual Early Learning Symposium on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9 am to 2:30 pm at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Record attendance is anticipated, with childcare professionals from private childcare centers, family home providers, the Virginia Preschool Initiative, and both Danville and Pittsylvania County Head Start programs.


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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.