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June 6, 2011


Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania named Ann Vandervliet Stratton as its executive director.

Stratton begins June 20 after serving as interim executive director while the board conducted its extensive search process.

"Ann has proven herself through a complex start-up process and has done a tremendous job building the coalition to the point it is today," said Averett University President Tiffany Franks, board chairwoman for SBDP. "The initiative has momentum, thanks in large part to her leadership."

Stratton will lead SBDP through a five-year school readiness initiative funded by the Danville Regional Foundation and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. United Way of Danville-Pittyslvania County serves as the fiscal agent.
The Smart Beginnings missions is to ensure that all children are ready for success in school and life.

"We will work closely with every individual and organization caring for, educating, or serving children from birth to age 5 to strengthen the system of early childhood development in our communities," Stratton said.

Previously, Stratton served as a program officer for the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. During that time, she created or strengthened infrastructure for Smart Beginnings coalitions in 22 cities and counties across southern Virginia. She also served as a communications consultant for one of North Carolina's Smart Start partnerships, the Down East Partnership for Children, during a five-year early childhood systems building process funded by the Kellogg Foundation.  Before that, she was the first executive director for the Loudon County Education Foundation in Loudon, Tenn.

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