The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation has launched a transformative statewide network of Ready Regions that will bring all of the Commonwealth’s communities together to support early childhood success. We are pleased to share that the Fairfax County Office for Children, a division of Neighborhood and Community Services, has been selected to serve as the lead organization for the Ready Region Capital Area. This region includes Arlington and Fairfax Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.
Ready Regions will be a community collaboration to prioritize high quality child care and early childhood education. Ready Region Capital Area partners include early childhood programs, school divisions, parents, community organizations, local governments, businesses and other key stakeholders. Partners will work together to coordinate services and resources for families with young children and bring new resources and support to early childhood programs. An important component of the Ready Regions’ effort will be to support the participation of publicly funded early childhood programs in Virginia’s quality measurement and improvement system.
Ready Regions will bring unprecedented levels of coordination, accountability and family engagement to early education programs in every community in the Commonwealth. “I am delighted that Fairfax County will be a leader in advancing the work of the Ready Region Capital Area. I look forward to our communities working together to facilitate greater family and community engagement to ensure that our region’s early childhood systems are meeting the needs of families,” shared Dalia Palchik, Fairfax County Supervisor and Chair of the Board’s Health and Human Services Committee.