Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond

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.

Locality Group Goals

  • Support and advocate for expansion of prekindergarten experiences (public and private)
  • Increase quality in early learning environments (public schools, private preschools, daycare settings in homes, etc.)
  • Prepare children socially, physically, and intellectually within the developmental domains addressed in Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning
  • Prepare families to understand their role as their child’s first, most important, and lifelong teacher
  • Provide families with resources and strategies to promote good health, foster curiosity, build excitement about learning, instill determination, and develop self-control within their child

Locality Group members include but are not limited to local school divisions, government agencies, social service agencies, childcare/family day home providers, local media outlets, parents/caregivers, and representatives from Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond.

Chesterfield County / Colonial Heights

7051 Lucy Corr Blvd.
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Bimonthly  (September, November, January, March, May, July)
3:00-4:30 PM

Carolyn Sears
Assistant Director of Library Services 
Chesterfield County Public Library
804-748-1761
SearsC@chesterfield.gov

Goochland / Powhatan Counties

Powhatan Village
Building 3910
Old Buckingham Road, 
Powhatan VA 23139

Biannual meetings
Meeting dated TBD

Joanne Simpson
Service Coordinator/Developmental Specialist – Social Work
P.O. Box 186
Goochland, VA 23063
804-657-2044
jsimpson@goochlandva.us

Hanover County

12310 Washington Hwy
Ashland, VA 23005

Bimonthly
(September, November, January,

March, May, July)
8:30-10:00 AM

Katie Stockhausen
Coordinator of Federal Programs
200 Berkley Street
Ashland VA 23005
Phone:  (804) 365-4500
Fax:  (804) 365-4800

Henrico County

5915 Nine Mile Road
Henrico, VA 23223

Quarterly (October, January, April, July)
11:00-1:00 PM

Stephanie Wilkinson
5915 Nine Mile Road
Henrico, VA 23223
804-328-8113
slwilkinson@henrico.k12.va.us

New Kent / Charles City Counties

Members of the New Kent and Charles City County school divisions, community organizations, and Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond are collaborating to develop a Locality Group to address the needs of the area. 

David Williams
Regional Mixed Delivery Liaison
Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond
3409 W. Moore St. 
Richmond VA 23230
804-337-0291
David.Williams@smartbeginningsrva.org

City of Richmond

The Early Childhood team, Mayors office, community organizations, and Smart Beginnings is in the process of restructuring the Locality Group to better meet the needs of the children and families of Richmond.

Meg Pienkowski
Vice President of Community Partnerships and Programs
Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond
3409 W. Moore Street
Richmond VA 23230
804-409-5651
Meg.Pienkowski@smartbeginningsrva.org