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What We Do


What is Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater?

Smart Beginnings initiative, spearheaded by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, is the catalyst for bringing a diverse set of public and private partners together to drive efficiencies, accountability, and strategic investment in human capital at the most promising stage of development.

Our Vision… is that all Western Tidewater children transition to school healthy and ready to learn.

Our Mission… is to foster collaborative leadership through public and private partnerships that will increase awareness and support for early childhood care and educational systems as to ensure all children enter school healthy and ready to learn.

Our Programs and Services
Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater accomplishes its mission through convening the Western Tidewater Early Childhood Collaborative and through sustaining Virginia Quality.