Summer Newsletter is Here

Our latest newsletter offers a sneak peak at the upcoming early learning symposium, tips from spring trainings you may have missed, and an overview of recent regulatory changes for family home providers.

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Are you looking for high quality childcare?

When choosing childcare, it's important to know what quality is and where to find it. Click here to read our brochure with tips on what high quality childcare is and resources you can use to help find it. 


2015 Smart Beginnings Annual Report

As we commemorate a decade of Smart Beginnings, I am pleased to share the 2015 Annual Report for the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). This report highlights our most significant achievements over the past decade. Our track record reflects the synergy and collaboration of many Virginians who understand the direct link between a strong early start and a productive future workforce.

Our vision remains that every child in Virginia is prepared for school, laying the foundation for workforce and life success. As we look ahead to the next decade, VECF will continue to bring investment and innovation to the Commonwealth’s early childhood and workforce development efforts. 

Read the Annual Report


Kindergarten Registration

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DANVILLE and PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY – Kindergarten registration for Danville City Schools and Pittsylvania County Schools begins Friday, March 18, 2016.
“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.


Early Learning Symposium brings high quality training to region

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania will host the 4th annual Early Learning Symposium on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 8:30 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.