TAP Head Start

TAP Head Start

Why invest in quality early childhood education like TAP Head Start? Leading experts in this field explain why in this compelling video.

Cox Connections

Cxx Connections

Cox Charities continues to make its mark on the Roanoke Valley.  Earlier this year Cox awarded grants totaling over thirty-thousand dollars; Statewide in Virginia totaled $160,000!  Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke received a ten-thousand dollar grant. The Program Director, Kris Meyers, and the Executive Director at Greenvale School, Lisa Denny talk about the Grant and the programs that are utilizing it.



On April 10, 2014, The Virginia Star Quality Initiative was a topic on WDBJ's morning news, and featured Children's Castle Early Learning Center, located here in Roanoke.

Quality in Action

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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)

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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.

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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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