Innovation Mini-Awards Now Available!

You are invited to apply for an Innovation Mini-Award from Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania.  The purpose of this funding is to increase early and effective connections between schools, preschools, community services and parents.  Mini-Awards will be up to $1,000.  Full eligibility requirements are described in the application below.  The deadline to apply is Friday, February 26, 2015.  Be creative and let us know how we can help!  If the cost of your concept is greater than $1,000, and is highly collaborative (i.e. multiple partners), please call our office to explore the possibility of a full Innovation application.  Awards will be announced by Friday, March 4, 2016.  Awards are reimbursement based and will require submission of receipts or other appropriate documentation. 



Regional Training Calendar

If you are a childcare provider, check out the upcoming training opportunities available in our area here:

Training Calendar


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.


Winter Newsletter is here!

Click here to read the most recent newsletter, packed with training tips, news and upcoming opportunities.


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


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. 


Job One Summit

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The DP Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Smart Beginnings DP will host an executive briefing on the importance of school readiness in our region. 



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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.