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Minus 9 to 5 to lead Ready Region Southeastern

We’re thrilled to announce that EVMS Minus 9 to 5 has been selected to lead Ready Region Southeastern!

Through this exciting new network, we’ll be working with families, childcare providers and communities, and bringing new resources needed to support early education programs across our region: Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, as well as Western Tidewater (Franklin, Isle of White, Southampton) and the Eastern Shore (Accomack, Northampton).

Learn more about Ready Regions and the Virginia Quality Birth to 5 Program (VQB5).

Explore quality early child care opportunities including Mixed Delivery Programs

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Minus 9 to 5

A new equation for Hampton Roads' Youngest Residents

A child GROWS, DEVELOPS and LEARNS from the time a woman discovers she’s pregnant through the child’s fifth birthday. Preparing Hampton Roads' families from CONCEPTION TO KINDERGARTEN is exactly why Minus 9 to 5 exists.

Minus 9 to 5 unites a variety of COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS dedicated to improving the lives of our region’s youngest residents and their families. Learn how Virginia residents and organizations—from Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach—have joined together to ALIGN and COORDINATE PROGRAMS and services focused on young children and their families.

Featured Initiatives

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The Basics HR

Our vision is simple

Each family in Hampton Roads is equipped and supported to raise children who are healthy, thriving, and ready to learn.
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Learn about our network of more than 100 community members and local organizations.

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See how we use collective impact to unite a diverse group to work towards common goals.

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Explore the nine indicators we use to measure our progress and evaluate our impact.

Working Groups

Minus 9 to 5 needs early childhood champions just like you!