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Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Elects Three Board Members

Richmond, Va. (June 20, 2018) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), a statewide public-private entity that supports early childhood education and school readiness for the Commonwealth’s youngest children, elected three new board members at the organization’s annual meeting on June 20, 2018. The new board members who will serve a three-year term include: Stephen Moret, President & CEO...

VECF Conference Explores Financing Strategies for Early Childhood Education

Richmond, Va. (June 4, 2018) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation will convene the state’s first-ever Virginia Early Childhood Integrated Financing Symposium on June 14-15 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Policymakers, state agency officials and six teams of community leaders selected from Smart Beginnings initiatives across the Commonwealth will meet with national experts to explore strategies and...

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Reinvests a Second $1,000,000 to Continue Support for Unique Dual-Generation School Readiness Initiative

Richmond, Va. (Jan. 25, 2018) – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich., awarded a grant of one million dollars to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) to renew support for Smart Beginnings for Southside Families (SBSF) – a unique dual-generation initiative that began in 2015. The initiative serves families with young children in the cities of Danville,...

Early Childhood Workforce is Focus of Statewide VECF Survey in 2017  

Richmond, Va. (Dec. 19, 2017) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) has released results of the Virginia Early Childhood Workforce Survey 2017. The report offers baseline data compiled for the first time in over a decade on the Commonwealth’s brain-builders, namely the early childhood professionals who are engaged in the business of educating and caring for young children...

Virginia’s Children’s Budget Details State Spending on Early Childhood

Richmond, Va. (Nov. 30, 2017) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) has released Virginia’s Children’s Budget 2017, a new report that represents a comprehensive fiscal profile detailing all spending directed to systems and services for children (birth to four years of age) by state agencies. During State Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018), total early childhood...

Listening, Learning and Leading: Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Hosts Collaborative, Idea-Sharing Event for Statewide Smart Beginnings Leaders and Stakeholders

Richmond, Va. (Oct. 24, 2017) – More than 75 early childhood leaders from across the Commonwealth will gather in Richmond on Oct. 25-27 for the Smart Beginnings Annual Meeting, coordinated by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation fosters Smart Beginnings initiatives to ensure that communities across Virginia have capacity to support the good health and...

Business Leaders Gather to Explore Economics of Early Childhood and the Connection to Future Workforce

  Richmond, VA (Oct. 4, 2017) – The Virginia Chamber Foundation and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) will host an invitation-only luncheon and executive briefing for statewide business executives on “The Economics of Early Childhood: Smart Beginnings for Virginia’s Workforce Pipeline.” The event, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, will build...

Innovative Dual-Generation School Readiness Initiative Expands to Petersburg

Richmond, Va. (Aug. 24, 2017) – Smart Beginnings for Southside Families, a dual-generation school readiness initiative that is funded through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), is expanding to include families with infants in targeted communities throughout the Petersburg area. The initiative, which first launched in 2015 in Danville, Emporia, Martinsville...

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Awards Innovative Partnership Grants

Richmond, Va. (July 10, 2017) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has awarded Innovative Partnership grants to three Smart Beginnings entities that are engaged in collaborative initiatives designed to improve access to high-quality early childhood education for young children in their respective communities. First launched in 2015, Innovative Partnership grants support local communities as they implement and document –...

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Elects New Board Members and Honors Legislator

 Richmond, Va. (June 21, 2017) – William “Bill” Ermatinger, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va., was elected chairman of the board of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) at the organization’s annual meeting on June 21, 2017. He succeeds Reginald “Reggie” Jones, partner at Williams Mullen law firm in...