Thank you Stanley and New Market local government!


Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley would like to congratulate the Town of Stanley and the Town of New Market within the Shenandoah Valley for their recent recognition by the Virginia Municipal League for their local government support to Early Childhood Development in their towns.  Thank you from all of us in the Early Childhood Field for your commitment to ensuring that there is a stairway to success for early childhood education in the Shenandoah Valley!!!  

Virginia Municipal League is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of city, town and county governments established in 1905 to improve and assist local governments through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services.

Stairway to Success is a friendly competition among VML member localities. The program seeks to increase local government’s role in early childhood education, which in turn, builds a qualified, well-educated workforce. The competition awards points to localities for specific actions that enhance the early childhood experience. The 2016 participants were recognized during the Annual Banquet and awards program at VML’s Annual Conference on October 11 in Virginia Beach.


VML recognizes the 23 localities that achieved Gold Status in the first year of the Stairway to Success Program

Town of Ashland, Hanover County and Smart Beginnings
Town of Big Stone Gap
Town of Blacksburg
City of Bristol
Town of Gordonsville
Town of Lawrenceville
Town of Leesburg
City of Lexington
City of Manassas
Town of Narrows
Town of Orange
City of Portsmouth
County of Prince George
City of Richmond
City of Roanoke
Town of Stanley
County of York
City of Colonial Heights
County of Loudoun
City of Martinsville
Town of New Market
Town of Pearisburg
City of Virginia Beach

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