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STORY is another great organization supporting children and family in Hopewell!   Two kids run past my car and up the steps into the Thomas Rolfe Community Center. Inside, they join a handful of other children coloring around a table. Evans, a mentor sitting at the table, looks up with […]

JRF Grantee “STORY” Lifts Families Out of Poverty



June 12, 2017 3:32 pm Published by Jennifer Brown Walking up the steps of the 100 year old Woodlawn Learning Center building, it smells like spring. Inside I can hear children laughing and phones ringing. Preschool registration is in full swing. It’s a short walk down the hallways to a […]

Smart Beginnings-Training Childcare Providers to Create a Brighter Future


HOPEWELL – Much of the work done by small nonprofits occurs behind the scenes, but at the John Randolph Foundation’s 41st Semi-Annual Grant Awards Ceremony held Jan. 19, those labors took center stage. With 27 organizations applying for grant assistance in this cycle, the foundation celebrated what Grant Committee chairwoman […]

John Randolph Foundation issues $400K in grants to local orgs ...


Meet April Jarrett – a home day care provider in Dinwiddie, VA. April was inspired to become a child care professional after a career in the military during which she experienced firsthand the challenges of finding affordable, high-quality care for her own children. After 15 years of caring for children […]

Project Pathfinders Highlights Local Teacher


Project Pathfinders will fund applicants interested in taking online courses in early childhood through Virginia’s community colleges. Almost every community college in Virginia offers online courses for those who cannot attend on-campus classes, AND students may take this online coursework from any of the VCCS colleges.  If you would like to […]

Project Pathfinders- Scholarships for Early Childcare Providers



Last Thursday, October 27th Smart Beginnings Southeast is participated in Read for the Record, a national effort to draw awareness to the importance of early childhood literacy. Over a decade ago, Read for the Record was established to address the issues that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten. Now […]

Virginia Quality Centers Participate in National Read for the Record


What an AWESOME campaign!! We are so excited to be a part of “Smart Beginnings Start With Families: Healthy Children are Ready to Learn.”   http://wtvr.com/2015/05/08/two-organizations-team-up-highlight-the-importance-of-early-development/

Awesome campaign!


October 29, 2014 – What a terrific event held at Hopewell High School, highlighting their on-site CDA (Child Development Associate) program that prepares students for careers in high-quality early education. This unique program was facilitated by Smart Beginnings Hopewell Prince George through strong collaboration and support from John Tyler Community […]

Smart Beginnings HPG receives grant from VECF


Courtesy of The Progress-Index By Amir Vera, Staff Writer Posted Oct. 30, 2014 HOPEWELL – School readiness begins before children even step into the classroom for their first day of kindergarten. That goal is now more likely to be achieved in the region. The Hopewell-Prince George Smart Beginnings program, an […]

Local program receives $65k grant