VECF Press Release


Innovative Dual-Generation School Readiness Initiative Expands to Petersburg

Innovative Dual-Generation School Readiness Initiative Expands to Petersburg

Richmond, Va. (Aug. 24, 2017) – Smart Beginnings for Southside Families, a dual-generation school readiness initiative that is funded through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), is expanding to include families with infants in targeted communities throughout the Petersburg area.The initiative, which first launched in 2015 in Danville, Emporia, Martinsville and surrounding counties, builds collaborative partnerships that...

Read More...

Read More


Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Awards Innovative Partnership Grants

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Awards Innovative Partnership Grants

Richmond, Va. (July 10, 2017) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has awarded Innovative Partnership grants to three 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 support local communities as they implement and document – and potentially replicate – local, data-informed innovations...

Read More...

Read More


Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Elects New Board Members and Honors Legislator

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Elects New Board Members and Honors Legislator

 Richmond, Va. (June 21, 2017) – William “Bill” Ermatinger, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va., was elected chairman of the board of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) at the organization’s annual meeting on June 21, 2017. He succeeds Reginald “Reggie” Jones, partner at Williams Mullen law firm in Richmond, Va., who had served as...

Read More...

Read More


Business Executives Explore Impact of Early Childhood on Future Workforce

Business Executives Explore Impact of Early Childhood on Future Workforce

Richmond, VA (Oct. 13, 2016) – The Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) will host 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, which is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, will build on the growing recognition and support...

Read More...

Read More


Business Leaders Acknowledge School Readiness as First Step in Workforce Development

Business Leaders Acknowledge School Readiness as First Step in Workforce Development

Manassas, VA (September 12, 2016) – In Greater Prince William, 15.8% of kindergarteners begin school already behind; more than the state average of 12.7%. Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce have partnered to present Smart Beginnings: Job One, a luncheon and briefing for business leaders that provides information on the role of quality early learning as the foundation for...

Read More...

Read More


Virginia CACFP Summit Explores Nutrition Landscape for State’s Young Children

Virginia CACFP Summit Explores Nutrition Landscape for State’s Young Children

A number of early childhood education and child health champions from across the Commonwealth, including the First Lady of Virginia, will gather in Richmond on June 9 for the Virginia Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Summit to promote nutrition and food security as priorities for the health and school readiness of young children in Virginia, focusing on making sure that low-income children in...

Read More...

Read More


Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Elects AOL Executive to Board

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Elects AOL Executive to Board

​Jeff Novak, Vice President of Public Policy and Chief Litigation and Compliance Counsel for AOL in Dulles, Va., was elected to the board of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) at the organization’s quarterly meeting on March 16, 2016. The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation is a public­private partnership established to advance school readiness initiatives and quality early learning efforts across the Commonwealth. Novak manages public...

Read More...

Read More


Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia Receives $450 ,000 Grant from VECF

Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia Receives $450 ,000 Grant from VECF

Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia, a school readiness initiative established to help young children throughout the region achieve lifelong success, will receive a significant grant of $450,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). The grant will be presented at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator, 851 French Moore, Jr. Boulevard in Abingdon, Va. The meeting is a regional...

Read More...

Read More



Page 2 of 212