With steady investment and bipartisan support from Virginia’s governors and legislature, local Smart Beginnings have brought public and private leaders together to collaborate on priorities for young children since 2005. Building from this asset, Ready Regions will bring unprecedented levels of coordination, accountability, and family engagement to early education programs in every community in the Commonwealth by:
The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a bright light on the importance of a strong child care system to the well-being of children, families, and communities. Launch of the Ready Regions network is a critical component of bipartisan efforts to reimagine our child care system in the wake of the COVID crisis. This includes the July 2021 consolidation of child care oversight at the state level to the Virginia Department of Education, creating a single point of accountability for early childhood education. Through public-private partnerships at the regional level, Ready Regions will allow every child and family to benefit from greater access to quality child care services.