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Ready for School Ready for Life. Speakers’ Bureau 2010. FACTS. In South Hampton Roads, 12 % of children enter kindergarten NOT ready A child that enters kindergarten behind all too often: remains behind throughout school and into life becomes a financial burden on our society

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Ready for School

Ready for Life

Speakers’ Bureau 2010


In South Hampton Roads, 12% of children enter kindergarten NOT ready

A child that enters kindergarten behind all too often:

remains behind throughout school and into life

becomes a financial burden on our society

will not be part of the highly-skilled workforce we need to compete in the 21st century


Nationally, 49% of children who do not know their alphabet when they enter kindergarten are from middle class or higher (Pre-K Now)

Lack of school readiness is not a class issue

High-quality early care and education rivals the cost of college tuition

middle class pinch
“Middle-Class Pinch”

Average Monthly Expenses

for a Middle-Class Family of 4

with 2 Young Children (infant/preschooler)


90% of brain growth happens by the age of 5

High-quality early care and education is linked to future success- 16% annual return on investment

25% of all Kindergarteners retained in VA live here in South Hampton Roads

Virginia’s investment to date in early childhood has been minimal


High quality care and education for all of Virginia’s youngest citizens, ages birth to 5

Early care and education is an essential part of our overall educational system

Should not be thought of as an add-on program for “those children” but as necessary for ALL children


Early Childhood Development System

Early care and education opportunities in nurturing environments where children can learn what they need to succeed in school and life.

Comprehensive health services that meet children’s vision, hearing, nutrition, behavioral, and oral health as well as medical health needs.

Early Learning

Health, Mental Health and Nutrition

Family Support

Early identification, assessment and appropriate services for children with special health care needs, disabilities, or developmental delays

Special Needs/ Early Intervention

Economic and parenting supports to ensure children have nurturing and stable relationships with caring adults.

how it all started
  • A non-profit created by business and community leaders to address the issue of school readiness in South Hampton Roads
  • Awarded $500k state grant that required $250k cash match to jumpstart our work
  • Vision: All children enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life
our role

Maximize the potential of every child in our region and ensure access to high-quality early education by:

  • Raising awareness about the importance of the early years
  • Advocating for greater public-private investment in our youngest citizens
  • Working with the five communities of SHR to improve the current system
board of directors

Suzanne Puryear

Lisa Robertson

Dr. Robert Rubin

Dr. Alvin Schexnider

Bert Schmidt

Marcy Sims

Lisa Smith

Dr. David Stuckwisch

Dr. Nancy Welch

Carole Whitener

Harry Young

Paul O. Hirschbiel Jr. (Chairman)

Jane Batten (Vice Chair)

Lisa Howard (Secretary)

Jim Metzger (Treasurer)

David Bernd

Barry Bishop

Bruce Bradley

Dr. Fran Butterfoss

Jim Dahling

Dr. Deborah DiCroce

Chuck Harris

Mike Hughes

Tommy Johnson

Rusty Jordan Jr.

Dr. Katharine Kersey

Mary Louis LeHew

Angelica Light

Gary McCollum

Dr. Juan Montero

Dr. Lydia Patton

our achievements
  • Led development of action plans to improve early childhood systems in the five communities
  • Launched a two-year regional multi-media public awareness campaign :

- Raise awareness on the current state of early childhood and the importance of 0-5

- Build groundswell and army of advocates

- Position SBSHR as resource for parents

- Gifted campaign to statewide coalitions

our achievements13
  • Piloted quality rating improvement system (QRIS):

- Market-driven approach to increase quality and improve consumer awareness

- Consumer Reports of child care for parents

- Creates consistent early learning standards in the state

- Measures five areas: teacher qualifications, interactions, structural components, learning environment and family partnerships

what s next
  • SBSHR received $4.6m in grants to fund four new initiatives to help children arrive at school prepared for success
  • The Batten Educational Achievement Fund of The Norfolk Foundation provided $4.1m in grants
  • The Norfolk Foundation’s unrestricted funds provided another $585k to support the QRIS
what s next15

Early Learning Challenge Grants

  • $2.5m invested through The Batten Educational Achievement Fund of The Norfolk Foundation
  • Each of the five communities have the opportunity to apply for $500k over 5 years in matching grants to implement action plans
  • Early Learning Council formed in each community
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Quality Improvement Initiative

  • Over $1m invested over two years
  • Implement Virginia’s QRIS in 28 centers
  • Implement quality improvement initiative in 10 family child care homes
  • Participants can receive scholarships, mentorship for quality improvement, early learning materials and facility upgrades
  • Child outcome assessment conducted to link quality with readiness of children
what s next17

Launch multi-media public awareness campaign in September 2009

  • Introduce QRIS
  • Link quality childcare and school readiness
  • Drive parent demand for QRIS-rated facilities
  • Spread message through print, television, internet and billboards
what s next18

Universal Newborn Screening Tool and Referral Service

  • Reach all parents at time of their child’s birth
  • Develop screening/referral service for families
  • Support the health and development of all young children from the start
  • Partner with EVMS /CINCH as the “action arm” to look at the current system
what can you do
  • Adopt-A-Center to sponsor quality improvements
  • Join forces with Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads to advocate for public support of a strong early education system
  • Influence public policy and action to increase public investment to ensure a smart beginning for all children
  • Work with your community to implement action plan
  • Examine family-friendly business practices