1. VECF Invests in Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia

    VECF Board Member, Beth Rhinehart, Bristol Chamber of Commerce CEO, presented a $450,000 grant to Smart Beginnings Southwest VA on Jan. 26th at the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator in Abingdon.  Smart Beginnings Southwest VA serves 16 jurisdictions working to achieve school readiness for all children.

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  2. VECF Invests in Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond

    VECF President Kathy Glazer presented a $180,000 grant award to SBRVA at the Bank of America building in downtown Richmond on Jan. 20th.  Now housed at the Greater Richmond Chamber Foundation, SBRVA is poised to continue its great work to advance school readiness in the Richmond region.

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  3. Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Project Evaluation

    The results are in! 93% of participating child care programs improved nutrition and/or physical activity routines, according to the Round 1 evaluation results of VA's Nemours/CDC funded obesity prevention project.  Congrats to participating centers in South Richmond, Virginia Peninsula and South Hampton Roads.

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  4. VECF Invests in Smart Beginnings Thomas Jefferson Area

    VECF Chairman, Reginald Jones presented a $170,000 grant check to Smart Beginnings Thomas Jefferson Area on Dec. 3 at CitySpace in Charlottesville.  This investment supports quality early childhood education in Charlottesville and counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson.

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  5. Virginia Quality "Coffee Talk" Series

    As Virginia prepares for the launch of Virginia Quality (QRIS 2.0), the Hub is offering a series of "Coffee Talks" to help Coordinators, Technical Assistance Specialists, and other stakeholders learn more about the changes.  Participants can join live or listen to the webinar recordings.

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  6. VECF & VA Chamber co-host Executive Briefing

    Featured speakers for the Oct. 19 event were Jeffrey Lacker, (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond) and Paul D. Koonce, (Dominion VA Power.)  Remarks addressed the economics of investing in human capital and the need for strategic investments to ensure a strong future workforce for Virginia.

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  7. VECF Releases 2015 Annual Report Celebrating 10 Years

    This report highlights our top achievements over the past ten years, underscoring the impact and value of Virginia's own Smart Beginnings public-private network.

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  8. Virginia's QRIS Gets New Name

    Along with a new name comes new quality standards recognizing the key role of early learning in improving child outcomes.  The Virginia Dept. of Social Services and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation are excited to announce that Virginia's QRIS will now be known as "Virginia Quality."

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  9. Upskilling VA's Early Learning Workforce

    Over the next year VECF will convene key stakeholders in a series of solutions-oriented discussions with the goal of developing consensus & implementing a plan for continuum of high quality early education, training, & professional designations supporting & acknowledging a highly skilled early learning working in VA.

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