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The Smart Beginnings mission

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The Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro Locality Team for Smart Beginnings Coalition of the Shenandoah Valley will be introducing its mission and local plans at a breakfast meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Augusta Health Community Care Building in Fishersville from 8:30-10 a.m.

“We look forward to introducing the SAW Locality Team’s plans for the coming year to business and community leaders for our region,” stated Andrea Riegel, Team Chair. “By the time a child reaches age 5, 90 percent of their brain is developed, and it is our team’s goal to make sure every child in this region has a good start for their education and health.”

The meeting will consist of presentations from SAW Locality Team members regarding the results of a recent study completed by Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley focused on identifying the services needed or gaps in services currently provided in the area related to early childhood development.

In addition, the Team’s plans for the coming year will be detailed, and questions will be addressed by those attending.

The Shenandoah Valley Smart Beginnings has been sponsored for the past year through a grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and other local partners, including DuPont Community Credit Union, AHC Community Health Foundation, Greater Augusta Child Care Providers and the United Way of Greater Augusta.

For further information regarding the Smart Beginnings Coalition of the Shenandoah Valley or the SAW Locality Team contact Stacie Jackson, Regional Coordinator, at 540.568.8968 or e-mail her at

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