Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area's mission is to lead community partners in maximizing and coordinating resources that ensure equal opportunities for all young children, birth to five, to be ready for school and ready for life.
We serve the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline, and King George.
Our organization is part of a statewide network of similar early childhood organizations. Locally, we are guided by a voluntary Board of Directors comprised of community leaders. Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area is a coalition of over 40 public and private agencies, businesses, and individuals.
SBRA implements several early childhood strategies in our region in order to enhance the quality of early childhood education and service programs for children birth to age five. We are funded through generous donations from local businesses, organizations, and individuals, as well as grants from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.
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Our community partners include businesses, schools, early care and education providers, and community organizations.
The members of our Board of Directors represent our community partners and volunteer their time and expertise.
In July, 2008, SBRA received a $100,000 Getting Ready grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. It was matched with $50,000 in local funds from community investors McQ, Inc., Millennium Engineering and Integration Company, PNC Foundation, Rappahannock United Way, and SimVentions, Inc.
SBRA delivers Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices teacher training and curriculum materials to 56 classrooms, reaching over 2,200 children.
- SBRA was selected to participate in Phase II and III of Virginia's Star Quality Initiative Demonstration Pilot, created to provide a consistent way to distinguish the level of quality in early childhood education programs.