Press Releases

Virginia Announces New Educational Pathways for Early Childhood Teachers

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that for the first time in the Commonwealth, early childhood educators will have access to a seamless pathway for earning marketable credentials in early childhood education. Now, due to regulatory changes made by the Board of Education and internal policy changes by participating community colleges and universities, early childhood educators can further their education...

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Releases School Readiness Report Card and Interactive Map Tool

Richmond, Va. (Oct. 24, 2018) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has released the 2018 edition of Virginia’s Biennial School Readiness Report Card. While the 2016 Report Card tracked a number of indicators over a ten-year period, this edition reviews trends over the past five years in two domains – Risks and Results. The School Readiness Report Card and...

Business Leaders Explore Economics of Early Childhood and the Connection to Future Workforce

Richmond, VA (Oct. 9, 2018) – The Virginia Chamber Foundation and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) hosted an invitation-only luncheon and executive briefing for statewide business executives on “The Economics of Early Childhood: Smart Beginnings for Virginia’s Workforce Pipeline.” The event, held Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, strengthened the growing recognition from Virginia’s business...

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Awards Six Innovative Partnership Grants for FY19

Richmond, Va. (Sept. 17, 2018) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has awarded Innovative Partnership grants to six Smart Beginnings entities that are engaged in collaborative initiatives designed to improve access to high-quality early childhood education for young children in their respective communities. First launched in 2015, Innovative Partnership grants are funded by a state appropriation to support local...

Smithfield Foods Donates $50,000 to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation to Improve Quality and Access of Early Childhood Education

SMITHFIELD, Va., July 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., is pleased to announce a $50,000 donation to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). This donation will fund an innovative pilot program that aims to improve the quality of early childhood education in the communities where Smithfield’s employees live and work....

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Elects Three Board Members

Richmond, Va. (June 20, 2018) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), a statewide public-private entity that supports early childhood education and school readiness for the Commonwealth’s youngest children, elected three new board members at the organization’s annual meeting on June 20, 2018. The new board members who will serve a three-year term include: Stephen Moret, President & CEO...

VECF Conference Explores Financing Strategies for Early Childhood Education

Richmond, Va. (June 4, 2018) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation will convene the state’s first-ever Virginia Early Childhood Integrated Financing Symposium on June 14-15 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Policymakers, state agency officials and six teams of community leaders selected from Smart Beginnings initiatives across the Commonwealth will meet with national experts to explore strategies and...

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Reinvests a Second $1,000,000 to Continue Support for Unique Dual-Generation School Readiness Initiative

Richmond, Va. (Jan. 25, 2018) – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich., awarded a grant of one million dollars to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) to renew support for Smart Beginnings for Southside Families (SBSF) – a unique dual-generation initiative that began in 2015. The initiative serves families with young children in the cities of Danville,...

Early Childhood Workforce is Focus of Statewide VECF Survey in 2017  

Richmond, Va. (Dec. 19, 2017) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) has released results of the Virginia Early Childhood Workforce Survey 2017. The report offers baseline data compiled for the first time in over a decade on the Commonwealth’s brain-builders, namely the early childhood professionals who are engaged in the business of educating and caring for young children...

Virginia’s Children’s Budget Details State Spending on Early Childhood

Richmond, Va. (Nov. 30, 2017) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) has released Virginia’s Children’s Budget 2017, a new report that represents a comprehensive fiscal profile detailing all spending directed to systems and services for children (birth to four years of age) by state agencies. During State Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018), total early childhood...