ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The Roanoke Valley is one of three communities to receive a grant worth $100,000 from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) as part of Virginia’s federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5).
The United Way of Roanoke Valley will act as the fiscal agent in collaboration with Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke. They were also selected to receive an additional $25,000 from VECF to incorporate local supports for child nutrition and the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
The funding will aid in expanding regional coordinated enrollment efforts that streamlines and simplifies access to comprehensive support services for vulnerable children and families in the Roanoke Valley. The PDG B-5 initiative id designed to accelerate the Commonwealth’s development of an equitable early-childhood system.
“Families use this system for finding childcare so they can get to work or provide their children with opportunities to be better prepared for Kindergarten. But that’s not always the end of the story. Many families need additional support and we want to use this system to help them reach their goals by connecting them with community resources that will improve their lives.”Vivien McMahan, Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Roanoke Valley
Funding awards were made to participating communities that have demonstrated success in their PDG B-5 efforts. Those receiving the awards have produced plans with specific, measurable and realistic innovation objectives for the award period of Oct. 14, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
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