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Virginia FY18-19 Budget & Children’s Cabinet

Virginia FY18-19 Budget & Children’s Cabinet

Virginia FY18-19 Budget & Children’s Cabinet – GOOD NEWS for Early Childhood Programs Research consistently shows the value of early childhood education and that it is smart to invest in early childhood services.  The National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs has found that high quality early childhood programs can yield returns of $9 for every $1 spent because they generate better education, health, social and economic outcomes.  Early childhood services set children on a path to graduate high school, hold a job and contribute to society, while those who do not receive these services are more likely to drop-out of school, commit crimes and become incarerated. The General Assembly and Governor Northam have recently demonstrated their support for early childhood services.  The state budget FY18-19 recently passed with continued support for key state-funded early childhood programs, including Smart Beginnings, and included over $11 million in NEW state investments in early childhood education. Additionally, on June 21, 2018, the Office of the Governor announced Governor Northam signed an Executive Order establishing a new Children’s Cabinet, chaired by First Lady Pamela Northam, to improve the quality and access to early childhood programs across Virginia.  The First Lady shared that Jenna Conway will serve as Virginia’s first ever “Chief School Readiness Officer” to coordinate policies and resources to best serve Virginia’s families and economy.  Most recently, Conway worked to unify and improve child care, Head Start and Pre-K systems for the Louisiana Department of Education.  To learn more about this initiative, see the Office of the Governor’s press release – https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2018/june/headline-826810-en.html Locally, the Regional Commission’s Smart Beginnings program works to...
Another Dynamic Ride Smart Challenge for the Region

Another Dynamic Ride Smart Challenge for the Region

The Ride Smart Challenge wrapped up at the end of May and recorded a big impact in alternative transportation! Through the Ride Smart Challenge, residents logged 81,508 miles across more than 5,000 trips – an increase over last year’s participation.

Regional and Local Housing Study Funded!

Regional and Local Housing Study Funded!

The Commission was recently awarded funding through the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s (VHDA) Community Impact Grant program to fund a regional and local housing study. 

Town of Floyd Comprehensive Plan Update

Town of Floyd Comprehensive Plan Update

The Town of Floyd conducted their community survey from February 16th to March 16th. The survey was available online and distributed to the Town library, Floyd High School, and area businesses and employers. The total number of survey responses received was 509 responses. The analysis of the survey data to identify indicators and focus areas has been initiated. For further information, please contact Aphi Fancon (afancon@nrvrc.org), 540-639-9313, ext. 217. Share...
Smart Beginnings NRV Book Donation

Smart Beginnings NRV Book Donation

Smart Beginnings NRV was thrilled to donate 200 books to the Children’s Health Improvement Partnership of the New River Valley (CHIP), in addition to providing books to the Giles Early Education Project, Reading Hour, and Pulaski County Schools’ VPI Classrooms. This donation was made possible by the wonderful people at Sands Anderson—a law firm with locations throughout Virginia, including right here in the New River Valley—who provided the books and entrusted Smart Beginnings to distribute them to the community.

New River Valley Aging in Place Leadership Team

New River Valley Aging in Place Leadership Team

The New River Valley Aging in Place Leadership Team is a regional, multi-disciplinary group that formed out of the work of the Livability Initiative in 2011.  With the staggering rise in the number of citizens ages 65 and older and the statistic that 90% of older adults want and expect to ‘age in place,’ the Leadership Team acknowledged that the need for older adults to successfully age in their homes and communities was a critical focus.