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