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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...

Business Executives Explore Impact of Early Childhood on Future Workforce

Richmond, VA (Oct. 13, 2016) – The Virginia Chamber of Commerce 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 Monday, Oct. 17 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, will build...

Business Leaders Acknowledge School Readiness as First Step in Workforce Development

Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William & Prince William Chamber host executive briefing on quality early learning Manassas, VA (September 12, 2016) – In Greater Prince William, 15.8% of kindergarteners begin school already behind; more than the state average of 12.7%. Smart Beginnings Greater Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce have partnered to present Smart Beginnings: Job...

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Virginia CACFP Summit Explores Nutrition Landscape for State’s Young Children

Virginia CACFP Summit Explores Nutrition Landscape for State’s Young Children Event focuses on collaboration for healthy child development & school readiness A number of early childhood education and child health champions from across the Commonwealth, including the First Lady of Virginia, will gather in Richmond on June 9 for the Virginia Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Summit...

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Elects AOL Executive to Board

Virginia CACFP Summit Explores Nutrition Landscape for State’s Young Children Event focuses on collaboration for healthy child development & school readiness ​Jeff Novak, Vice President of Public Policy and Chief Litigation and Compliance Counsel for AOL in Dulles, Va., was elected to the board of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) at the organization’s quarterly meeting on March 16,...

Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia Receives $450 ,000 Grant from VECF

Virginia CACFP Summit Explores Nutrition Landscape for State’s Young Children Event focuses on collaboration for healthy child development & school readiness Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia, a school readiness initiative established to help young children throughout the region achieve lifelong success, will receive a significant grant of $450,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF). The grant will be presented...