Educational Institutions

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.smartbeginnings.org

Mission Statement

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation is the non-partisan steward and capacity-builder for advancing school readiness in the Commonwealth. Vision: Every Virginia child is prepared for school, laying the foundation for workforce and life success.

Main Programs

  1. Technical Assistance
  2. Virginia Star Quality Initiative
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Statewide

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2012

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Ms. Kathy Glazer

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EIN

20-3970624

 Number

1063000822

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments: Smart Beginnings coalitions are advancing school readiness in their communities as demonstrated by improved kindergarten literacy scores, reduced rates of grade retention and reduced rates of the need for reading interventions. VECF and Smart Beginnings partners leveraged more than $6 million for school readiness initiatives with $1.25 million in state funds. VECF operates efficiently; operating costs are less than 7% of its budget. In an effort to provide better measures and tools to inform performance and guide progress in advancing Virginia's school readiness, VECF has released the School Readiness Report Card, 4-VA Research Brief, and provided leadership for the Virginia Longitudinal Data System linking records across state agencies. Goals: VECF will guide efforts of the public/private Smart Beginnings initiative, working efficiently to provide a strong first rung on the ladder to a capable workforce and prosperous Commonwealth. A sharp focus on data collection and analysis will help guide and inform program, budget and policy decisions. VECF will forge public and private partnerships that build capacity for increasing school readiness at the state and local levels.

Programs

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Program 1

Technical Assistance

The VECF provides technical assistance to their Smart Beginnings Coalitions in the form of community building, resource development, leadership and funding.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$884,535.00

Program 2

Virginia Star Quality Initiative

The Virginia Star Quality Initiative is a system to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education settings that families consider for their children. The VSQI is a partnership between the Office of Early Childhood Development and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$656,951.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Statewide

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

In Virginia, one in eight children arrives at kindergarten without the basic skills needed to succeed in school. Research shows that children who enter kindergarten healthy and ready to learn have greater success along the education pipeline and become well prepared, productive employees. VECF and its Smart Beginnings partners work to build and strengthen early childhood infrastructures that create the foundation needed for success in school, work and life. Children who are exposed to quality learning at a young age perform better academically; are more likely to graduate from high school; own a home; and stay out of trouble with the law. With the majority of a child's brain developing during the first 5 years of life, the quality of care a child receives during this time is critical. Children with access to high quality early learning experiences are more likely to acquire the skills they need to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. The Virginia Star Quality Initiative was created to provide a consistent way to distinguish the level of quality in early education programs, allowing families to make more informed choices and child care providers a way to improve the quality of their services.

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VIRGINIA EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Kathy Glazer

BIO

Kathryn V. Glazer is the VECF's President and CEO. She was appointed by the Board of Directors on December 14, 2011 and began her post on January 16, 2012. Kathy Glazer is a long-time advocate for policies benefiting young children and families in Virginia. Glazer's most recent position was Director of State Services for the national Build Initiative. In this capacity, she provided technical assistance and strategic advice to leaders in nine states in support of their early childhood agendas. In addition, she worked in partnership with researchers, other national partners and federal representatives on policy priorities to assist states in their service to young children and families. Prior to Build she served in Virginia state government in positions including Executive Director of the Governor's Working Group on Early Childhood Initiatives and Director of the Office of Early Childhood Development. In these roles, she collaborated with leaders in numerous agencies to coordinate programs and policies to maximize resources for young children. Glazer also forged public-private partnerships, providing leadership for the development of the Commonwealth's Smart Beginnings and strategic plan process, as well as assistance with creation of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. She helped initiate Virginia's quality rating and improvement system to inform parents about the importance of quality in early learning settings that they select for their children. Glazer earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and her Master's Degree in Public Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Reginald N. Jones

Williams Mullen

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

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