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Local Early Childhood Leaders Selected for Inaugural Smart Beginnings Leader Institute

July 19 2013

Roanoke, VA

Two local leaders have been selected as members of the charter class for the Smart Beginnings Leader Institute, a new seven-month series of informative sessions launched by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation to engage, educate, and enrich the capacity of leaders across the state to advance school readiness for Virginia's young children.

The leaders representing this region are:
Kris Meyers, Program Director Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke
Lisa Denny, Executive Director, Greenvale School

Roanoke is Named "One to Watch" by United Way Worldwide

May 16 2012

Roanoke, VA

The early childhood development work in Roanoke, Virginia, was recognized in the category of "Ones To Watch" for the Common Good Awards at the United Way 2012 Community Leaders Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  The inaugural Common Good Awards, created for the 125th Anniversary of United Way, shines a spotlight on communities around the world that are creating community-wide change in education, income and health – the building blocks of a good life.  Communities recognized demonstrate strong collaborations across a variety of sectors, demonstrate effective use of data to inform strategies and show successful engagement of volunteers and advocates.

USAF Brigadier General Headlines Virginia Job One Event in Roanoke

April 06 2011

Business execs hear about link between school readiness, workforce development and national security

Roanoke, VA (April 7, 2011) – Almost 100 local business leaders in greater Roanoke learned that investing in quality early childhood development is not only vital to growing a smarter workforce, it’s a matter of national security. So said Brigadier General John W. Douglass, U.S. Air Force (ret.) at a breakfast meeting on April 7 at the Hotel Roanoke.

Local Childcare Centers Hailed for Quality

November 01 2010

ROANOKE, VA – NOVEMBER 1, 2010

Quality early education matters. Now, Roanoke's parents have two additional childcare centers from which to choose and feel confident that their children are in a great learning environment. One Step Further Childcare Center and Northwest Child Development Center, both located in the Northwest neighborhood of the City of Roanoke, recently received a 3-Star Quality Rating from the Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI). The VA Star Quality Initiative (VSQI) is a state-wide system designed to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education settings. Participation in the VSQI is voluntary, and programs that participate demonstrate their commitment to quality beyond basic expectations and licensing requirements. This rating puts these two centers in line with 190 other early learning centers rated throughout the state, which are already touted for their quality learning environments through this system.

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“The Virginia Star Quality Initiative can raise the bar on early childhood education, but success will depend on consumers demanding it.  Help spread the word."


Elizabeth Strother, Editor Roanoke Times

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

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