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Our Core Strategies

about usExpand advocacy and education efforts that emphasize the value of early care and education as an economic development strategy.

Coordinate a system of professional development opportunities that aligns with the State’s Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals and the early childhood milestones.

Implement a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for preschools and childcare centers.

Coordinate a parent education system that reinforces parent’s role in providing quality early childhood education experiences and supporting their child’s development.

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pdfSBGR Committee Leaders 2012-2013

pdf SBGR Goals & Strategies for School Readiness

pdf Smart Beginnings: Why They Matter (SBGR brochure)

pdfSchool Readiness Report (Fall 2011 PALS K results)

School Readiness

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On April 15th, 2011, SBGR was featured on Cox Connections to give an overview of the work they are doing related to school readiness.

Learn more about the issue of School Readiness from United Way WorldWide's pdfEducation Research Overview - School Readiness UWW info.pdf

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Early childhood education is critical to our community's future economic well being. It's a question of pay-now or pay-later. Research indicates that if children are prepared when they start school and reading on grade level in their early years, they're far more likely to stay on track and finish school rather than become a costly drain on the community's social service system. Those who finish school are much more likely to become contributing members of our workforce.

Joyce Waugh, CEcD
President, Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce

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

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