The future of Early Childhood Education: Virginia’s First Lady Pamela Northam Visits United Way of Roanoke Valley

United Way of Roanoke Valley hosts First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam for a discussion on the region’s implementation of Virginia’s Preschool Development Grant and a tour of two innovative, participating childcare sites Thursday, 7/18.

As the lead agency for one of 11 pilot communities collaborating in the statewide Preschool Development Grant, United Way of Roanoke Valley/Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke is working with the Commonwealth to better prepare Virginia’s children to succeed in school and in life. The grant is intended to strengthen the early childhood care and education system by actively working with birth-to-five providers to increase access and strengthen quality. Currently in our region, 120 early childcare and education sites are participating in the grant program, representing more than 600 teachers. Statewide, there are 604 sites and 3,617 teachers participating.

Northam, a former pediatric occupational therapist, science educator, and longtime education advocate, will see firsthand both the successes and challenges of these programs and learn about the local efforts to improve access to quality care and early education for area families.

Media representatives are invited to join Thursday at the following stops:

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Small Steps Learning Academy
Owner/Director:  Taren McCoy
2131 Apperson Dr., Salem

12:00 PM   – 1:00 PM

Today’s Kids, Inc
Director: Shakayla Bailey
1115 Barnett Rd. NW, Roanoke