The Success By 6 Coalition of the Shenandoah Valley was launched in 2001 to address the needs of young children from ages 0-5.  the coalition of the Shenandoah Valley partnered with community and business leaders to develop high-quality early learning programs and services to help young children enter school healthy and ready to learn. Over $2 million in grant funds were obtained and invested locally to support the efforts of the coalition and to sponsor ongoing events such as the annual Early Childhood Leadership Summit held every January.

In 2007, Success By 6 Coalition became one of the first regional initiatives across the state to receive a significant Smart Beginnings grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.  This statewide initiative served to provide a consistent brand in an effort to create a recognizable and powerful voice for the youngest citizens throughout the state of Virginia.

Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley now includes seven localities in the Shenandoah Valley region; Page, Shenandoah, Rockingham, Augusta Counties and Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro Cities.

A successful school readiness network requires the cooperation of parents and families, schools, child care providers, the faith community, higher education, business, and other community assets such as social services, libraries, and museums.  Smart Beginnings serves as a system wide public-private connector in communities, harnessing all the parts of the network and driving its coordinated functioning.

With assistance from VECF, Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley continues to build a network that brings public and private leaders together to collaborate on priorities to make sure that every child has a successful foundation for school readiness and life long success.