Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula is a coalition to improve early childhood services through a network of public-private partnerships.
We are a collaboration of parents, businesses, civic leaders, nonprofits, school systems, early childhood professionals and private citizens—all working together to ensure that every child on the Peninsula enters
kindergarten prepared to achieve success in school and in life.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, which merged with Preschool Partners of the Virginia Peninsula in 2012. Smart
Beginnings implements early childhood strategies in our region to
enhance the quality of early childhood education and service programs
for children under age 5.
We are part of a statewide network of other Smart Beginnings locations and funded in part by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.
We serve the cities of Hampton and Newport News, which comprise one of six Pilot Communities in the statewide project to promote the social, emotional and behavioral development of infants and toddlers. The project is managed by the Virginia Department of Social Services, Office of Early Childhood Development, and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Board Members are community leaders dedicated to advancing early childhood services.
Visit our Staff Page for names, roles and contact information.
Learn what we've been doing and are hoping to do, with your help, for children on the Peninsula.
Dozens of companies and organizations are getting involved with our cause. See our list of coalition members.
5 Ways To Get Your Child Ready by Age 5
5 Reasons Every Virginian Should Support Children Under 5
Supporting Children with Challenging Behavior
Learn about our program that brings early-childhood speakers to local clubs and businesses
Preview the Speakers' Bureau presentation.
Help Me Grow:
Supporting the Social-Emotional Health of Infants and Toddlers
From moving stories of children whose lives are changed, to animated demonstrations, these videos give a compelling look into what makes early childhood so important.
321 Main Street, Suite A
Newport News VA 23601
will start school prepared and healthy
To provide collaborative leadership to ensure access to high-quality care, education and health services for all young children in Hampton and Newport News