Since 2005, VECF has served as Virginia’s public-private partner in building strategic and sustained focus on the healthy development and school readiness of our youngest children. VECF is the non-partisan steward of Virginia’s promise for early childhood success, working in tandem with diverse stakeholders to ensure equitable opportunities for all families with young children to thrive.
Our Areas of Work
How does our work show up in the world?
An Example of Systems Building:
Preparing our systems builders for success: Building a strong early childhood system is the key to unlocking the potential and promise of every child. Here you’ll find the tools to create and sustain a system that’s ready to support children and set them on a path to school readiness.
An Example of Partnerships & Innovation:
Innovative solutions that solve early childhood challenges often emerge from the collective efforts of community partners with a history of working together. VECF invests in and supports innovative and replicable approaches, like Smart2Start, built and launched by Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke to provide their community with an accessible, simple on-line application that helps families find child care. Smart2Start connects families to the care option they want, and supports local partners like Head Start, VPI, and private child care businesses in keeping their programs full. By investing innovative solutions like this coordinated enrollment pilot, VECF aims to identify and promote entrepreneurial strategies to solve challenges faced by children, families and communities.
An Example of Policy & Advocacy:
Recognizing the profound influence of early childhood educators in building the brains of Virginia’s next generation, VECF focused policy and advocacy efforts on the early educator workforce by elevating awareness of the early education profession and supporting their skill building through access to competency-building coursework and credentials. Focus on this important work began in 2015 and progress continues today through various state and national initiatives.