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VIDEO SLIDESHOW from SBGR Open House Events 2013

Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke held open house events at 6 area early education centers, including public preschool programs and Star Rated Head Start programs, childcare centers and faith based preschools.  (4 min slideshow)

Blue Ridge PBS


On October 24, 2012, the panel, featuring Dr. Craig Ramey, a world-renowned child development researcher and developmental psychologist discusses pre-school readiness, the lifelong benefits of early educational programs.

Cox Connections


On June 15th, 2012, Kris Meyers discusses the importance of parent education and how Smart Beginnings supports parents with young children in the Roanoke Valley.

Round Roanoke

Round Roanoke

Kris Meyers appeared on Round Roanoke in November 2011 to talk about great books for school readiness and to provide details about the Smart Beginnings book fair event.

Daytime Blue Ridge

Smart Beginnings Helps Kids Learn

On October 12th, Smart Beginnings appeared on WSLS Daytime Blue Ridge to share some fun and easy ways to help teach young children their ABCs.

Our Blue Ridge

Our Blue Ridge

On August 4, 2011, Kris Meyers discusses the importance of school readiness and provides some helpful tips for helping little ones be ready for the first day.

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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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