UWCV’s Education Readiness Lead Partner, Smart Beginnings Central Virginia


United Way of Central Virginia invested approximately $60,000 in its early education initiative, Smart Beginnings Central Virginia. This initiative provides services to preschool aged children and their families in the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, Nelson, and Lynchburg. In AY 2015-16, SBCV provided the following:


literacy-busLiteracy Buses


Rex the Learning Bus and Gus the Resource Bus visited over 1,000 children in its outreach-based bus service, visiting community events, low-income housing developments, libraries, schools, and pediatrician offices.



ece-conferenceEarly Childhood Education


Provided teacher education and professional development, materials, and technical assistance to over 60 early education providers in the Central Virginia area.



read-for-the-recordRead for the Record


In October, engaged school districts in Lynchburg, Amherst, Appomattox, Campbell, Bedford and Nelson in a coordinated, volunteer effort to read the same book to children in Pre-K and Kindergarten classes; private childcare and preschool programs also participated as well as Head Start.  Nearly 5,000 children were read to.




Amazement Square and Smart Beginnings established Amazing Children, Quality Beginnings, a formal partnership, visiting childcare centers serving at-risk children, modeling high quality interactions and reflecting with staff.

Kindergarten Readiness Kits

 Partially funded with a generous donation from Progress Printing, created 1,000 “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” – My Summer Activity Kits for all area 4-year-olds entering kindergarten in the fall.