Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke is a collaborative of community leaders from businesses, school systems, nonprofits and private individuals who are working together to ensure that every child in Greater Roanoke enters kindergarten with the skills needed to succeed in school and in life.

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A Place to Learn

November 06, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

South County Library

Free training about what to look for in high quality early childhood classrooms.


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READY FOR SCHOOL....READY FOR LIFE!

Ready children are ...

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  • Children who have had a variety of quality learning experiences.
  • Comfortable with their peers and have positive interactions with them.
  • Able to communicate and interact effectively with adults.
  • Children who have their basic life needs met prior to coming to school so they can put all their energy into learning.

Is my child ready? Free Online Developmental Screening for children ages birth-5.

Star Rated Sites in Roanoke

Star Rated Sites in Roanoke

Click on the MAP to view locations & a list of current star rated programs in the Roanoke Valley.  To access specific star rating information for all rated programs, visit the state of Virginia's "Find a Star Rated Center" page at www.smartbeginnings.org

pdfWhat does high quality early education look like? (Click to download checklist)

If you would like more information about the Virginia Star Quality Initiative in Roanoke, please call 540.777.4211, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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"Successful third grade reading strategies do not begin in elementary school; reading proficiency is the culmination of a variety of experiences and skill building beginning in the earliest years of a child's life."

Kathy Glazer, President of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

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The United Way of Roanoke Valley serves as the fiscal agent for Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke.

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