About Ready Region West

Ready Region West consists of the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, Lexington, Martinsville, Roanoke, and Salem; and the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, Henry, Highland, Patrick, Roanoke, and Rockbridge.

United Way of Roanoke Valley serves as the Ready Region West lead. The Ready Regions lead is responsible for on-the-ground coordination and integration of essential early childhood care and education (ECCE) services and resources.

Although one organization is identified as the Ready Regions lead, they must partner with school divisions, social and human services, quality improvement networks, ECCE programs, and other organizations involved in Virginia’s public-private early childhood system.

Ready Region West At-A-Glance

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68%

of children under the age of 6 years old have all available parents in the workforce

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23,680

children under the age
of 5 years old

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16,411

child care slots
in the region

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2,011

child care slots needed to meet demand

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$66,641,350

in lost business revenue due to inadequate child care

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40%

of children started kindergarten without key skills

ContactReady Regions

Denise Ellis

Email: denise@uwrv.org

Phone: (540) 777-4206

Sources:

Percentage of Parents in Workforce: U.S. Census American Community Survey, 5-year estimates. 2019.
Children Under 5 Years Old: U.S. Census American Community Survey, 5-year estimates. 2019.
Existing Child Care Slots: Bipartisan Policy Center, Child Care Gaps Assessment. 2019.
Child Care Slots Needed to Meet Demand: Bipartisan Policy Center, Child Care Gaps Assessment. 2019.
Lost Business Revenue: Author calculations based on data from Ready Nation, Council for a Strong America, The Economic Impacts of Insufficient Child Care on Working Families. September 2018; U.S. Census American Community Survey, 1-year estimates. 2019.
Kindergarten Readiness: Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program results, Fall 2021, by locality. Weighted average across public school systems within each Ready Region. Data provided by Virginia Department of Education.