Ready Regions

United Way selected to lead Ready Regions Blue Ridge
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We are proud to have been selected as the lead organization for the Ready Region Blue Ridge.

This new network, launched by The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) helps coordinate early education programs with families in every community across Virginia.

As a Ready Region lead organizations we are part of a statewide network focused on:

  • Strengthening quality. We will ensure all components are in place to coordinate quality measurement and guide improvement in publicly funded classrooms as a part of VBQ5.
  • Building relationships. We will engage with leaders across the region to facilitate buy-in for shared accountability and benefit. ‌
  • Increasing access. We will build and strengthen better processes to help parents learn about and access ECCE programs in their community, while helping ECCE providers connect with families. ‌
  • Engaging families. We will establish and strengthen strategies and structures to ensure family engagement.

Ready Region Blue Ridge encompasses 21 cities and counties, including Winchester, Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rappahanock, Madison, Greene, Orange, Louisa, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Charlottesville, Albemarle, Nelson, Waynesboro, Staunton, Augusta, Harrisonburg, Rockingham, Shenandoah.

The United Way will continue to work with local early education partners and funders to build strong public-private partnerships to ensure robust support of the child care and early education system. 

This new model benefits partners, funders, and communities, through centralizing systems, more robust data tracking, and greater family and community engagement. With better systems and more resources we will be able to provide access to more and more early learners, thus affording them a strong foundation on which to start kindergarten and continue their education.