Smart Beginnings Network

Smart Beginnings partnerships bring together community and business leaders, child care providers and families, to work on a local plan to make sure all children are ‘ready’ for kindergarten. When organizations, schools, and families collaborate on this common goal, families are supported, and all children can reach their potential.

These local Smart Beginnings activities build a strong early childhood system.

Local Smart Beginnings Activities

VECF provides support to local Smart Beginnings across Virginia.

VECF Smart Beginnings Support

Where can I find a Smart Beginnings Partnership?


City of Alexandria

Estimated 0-5 population = 13,137 

Strategic Plan

Central Virginia

City of Lynchburg and Counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford (includes Town of Bedford) and Campbell

Estimated 0-5 population = 12,091 

Strategic Plan Statement

Danville Pittsylvania

City of Danville and County of Pittsylvania

Estimated 0-5 population = 6,348   

Strategic Plan

Eastern Shore

Counties of Accomack and Northampton 

Estimated 0-5 population = 3,175  

Strategic Plan

Fairfax County School Readiness Collaborative

Fairfax County, City of Fairfax and City of Falls Church

Estimated 0-5 population = 92,543 

Strategic Plan

Greater Charlottesville

City of Charlottesville, Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson

Estimated 0-5 population = 16,035 

Strategic Plan

Greater Harrisonburg

City of Harrisonburg and the County of Rockingham

Estimated 0-5 population = 8,569 

Strategic Plan

Greater Prince William

Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and the County of Prince William

Estimated 0-5 population = 46,725 

Strategic Plan

Greater Richmond

Cities of Richmond and Colonial Heights and the Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan

Estimated 0-5 population = 76,270 

Strategic Plan

Greater Roanoke

Cities of Buena Vista, Covington, Lexington, Roanoke, and Salem, the Town of Vinton and the Counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, Roanoke and Rockbridge

Estimated 0-5 population = 23,369 

Strategic Plan

Martinsville Henry

City of Martinsville and the County of Henry 

Estimated 0-5 population = 4,182

Strategic Plan

Minus 9 to 5

Cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach

Estimated 0-5 population = 87,962 

Strategic Plan


City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of  Caroline, Culpeper, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford

Estimated 0-5 population = 31,819

Strategic Plan


Counties of Dinwiddie, Greensville, Surry, Sussex, and Prince George Counties and Cities of   Emporia, Hopewell and Petersburg

Estimated 0-5 population = 11,166 

Strategic Plan

Southwest Virginia

Cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton and Radford and the Counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe

Estimated 0-5 population = 32,587 

Strategic Plan

Virginia Peninsula

Cities of Hampton and Newport News 

Estimated 0-5 population = 25,583 

Strategic Plan

Western Tidewater

Cities of Franklin and Counties of Southampton and Isle of Wight

Estimated 0-5 population = 4,017 

Strategic Plan

How does Smart Beginnings transform communities?

To learn more, or to contact a Smart Beginnings initiative, email