Child Care Task Force

A Public / Private Partnership

The Richmond Region Child Care Task Force is a partnership of public and private organizations, from government and public schools, to child care and out of school time partners in Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield and Henrico. 

The RVA Basics Campaign

Working With Parents & Caregivers

Promoting everyday interactions between children, their parents, and other caregivers in the first three years of development to provide abundant learning opportunities that give children from every background a more equal start in life.

Supporting Locality Groups

Research, Reports, Results

Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond provides information and data about early childhood demographics, risk factors and emerging trends so that our region can better understand the challenges faced by our families with young children. 

Quarterly SBGR Coalition Meetings

Smart Beginnings works with more than 100+ partner organizations on a daily basis. Quarterly, we come together to discuss what’s going on in the sector, challenges, successes, barriers and make connections. Those meetings for 2021 will be:

  • March 17, 2021:  Virtual Coalition Meeting Register!
  • June 10, 2021:  Virtual Coalition Meeting Register!
  • September 16, 2021:  Location TBD
  • December 9, 2021:  Location TBD

Learn More about the SBGR Coalition

Ready Regions

Check out the new Ready Regions for Smart Beginnings (PDF) launched by VECF.


Ready Regions

Early Childhood Advocacy Opportunities

Text VAEARLYED to 52886

Smart Beginnings Locality Groups

Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond supports six locality groups.  Their individual missions are closely aligned with the Virginia Department of Education. Each coalition strives to assist children and families with developing foundational skills and providing resources to help promote student success in kindergarten and beyond.

Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond - Why Every Day Counts

Brain Growth from 0-3 Years Old
Days From Birth to Kindergarten
Children 0-5 with All Parents Working
Children 0-5 in Low-Income Families