Danville and Pittslyvania receive $5.4 million grant for child development

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The Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) has received a five-year grant of more than $5.4 million to support early childhood development and work-force development in Danville and Pittsylvania County.

The program, Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania-County, is a community partnership with the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) and United Way Danville-Pittsylvania County.

It is one of the largest grants ever awarded to further early childhood development in Virginia. As part of the initiative, the VECF will help Danville Public Schools build a $2 million pre-kindergarten facility that will create 216 slots for 4-year olds by the fall of 2012.

“Investments like these are essential for the economic growth in the years ahead,” Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond said, said in a statement.

The program will also work with childcare centers, which make up the fifth largest number of small businesses in Virginia, to improve their quality and enhance employee skills.


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