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Roanoke Region Embarks on $600,000 Early Childhood Education Initiative

June 25 2009

Grant from Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Benefits Building Children’s Futures Coalition

What: Building Children’s Futures, a coalition formed to improve the quality of early childhood programs and services in the Roanoke Region, will receive a $400,000 grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation to create a systemic and unified approach to early childhood education ensuring that more children in the Roanoke region enter Kindergarten emotionally, socially, academically, and physically ready to succeed in school and in life. The Roanoke region includes the Cities of Roanoke and Salem and Roanoke, Botetourt, Craig, and Franklin Counties. Local matching funds will bring the total cost of implementation for the program to $600,000.

Governor Kaine to Highlight Early Childcare Improvement Pilot Program in Roanoke

June 25 2009

Building Children’s Futures of Greater Roanoke is hosting a roundtable discussion and site visit to highlight Virginia’s Quality Rating and Improvement System.

(February 2008) – Building Children’s Futures (BCF) announced today that Governor Kaine, along with several constituents, will be participating in a tour and roundtable discussion at the Honey Tree Early Learning Center in Salem, VA. on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 11:30 A.M. The purpose of the visit is to highlight Virginia’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) as a way of highlighting the QRIS as facilitating public-private aspect of preschool. QRIS is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system that utilizes state licensing as a foundation and establishes a continuum of clearly defined Star levels of increasing quality. Virginia’s Star Quality initiative provides early learning sites with a roadmap for continuous quality improvement, while participation also gives programs the positive community recognition they deserve for their continued dedication to achieving higher standards and improving quality.

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