Early Learners

Ages 0-12

Helping Local Kids Succeed In School

Quality early childhood development and support for students, both in and out of the classroom, is essential for our youth and community. That’s why United Way of Roanoke Valley is working at critical points along the education spectrum to ensure the success of local youth.

Avenues for Better Education

Our strategic programs are designed to provide kids age 0-12 access to quality, affordable learning opportunities, empowering them to read at grade level and graduate on time. Additionally, we seek to empower and support parents to serve as their child’s first teacher. Real education starts at home.


Smart Beginnings

Smart Beginnings serves as the public-private connector, building a stronger early education network in the Roanoke Valley to ensure our teachers and childcare providers are trained and equipped to provide the best education possible.

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Infant & Toddler Specialist Network

The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network strives to achieve excellence in early care by increasing the knowledge level and skills of those who care for infants and toddlers, whether in family homes or in centers. Roanoke has one of nine regional offices and 16 infant and toddler specialists located throughout the state.

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Virginia Quality Programs

Virginia Quality is leading the way for quality early care and education for Virginia's children and families. Choosing an early childhood program is one of the most important decisions a family can make. By voluntarily participating in Virginia Quality, early learning programs show their staff, families, and community that they are committed to quality for young children.

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Prepare your child for success in school and in life. Fill out a Smart2Start application for your child, from birth to age 5, to find affordable, high-quality childcare and preschool for the upcoming school year. Signing up is easy and free!

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Roanoke Valley Children entered kindergarten ready to learn.


kids were paired with a mentor or tutor to make sure they stayed on the path towards graduation.