Building the capacity of local communities to create optimal environments for children’s healthy growth and development is complicated work, requiring the ability to impact local change through influential leadership, strategic focus, credibility, long-term sustainability, and innovation. VECF is committed to ensuring that Smart Beginnings communities have access to the expert technical assistance needed to attain excellence as they address the complex issues faced by young children and their families.
VECF’s “Building Excellence” provides Smart Beginnings communities opportunities to work with topic area experts to learn system development skills and explore strategies for innovation.
- Learning Tables - Smart Beginnings communities are invited to identify strategic local teams and apply to participate in high-quality multi-session coursework and consultation provided by topic area experts.
- Executive Institute - New or seasoned Smart Beginnings directors are invited to engage in a six month institute designed to build skills unique to leading the development and operation of a collaborative community system.
- Ask the Expert - Inspired by a popular session at the Smart Beginnings annual meeting, these quarterly sessions offer community leaders the opportunity to participate in conversations and Q+A with state agency leaders and other experts.
- Data Capacity Booster Grants - Support and expert technical assistance for Smart Beginnings partners to help grow their expertise around data, including data sharing, data systems and management, statistical analysis, and capacity for using statistics to promote better programs and policies.