In Virginia, one in eight children arrives at kindergarten without the basic skills needed to succeed in school. Research shows that children who enter kindergarten healthy and ready to learn have greater success along the education pipeline and become well prepared, productive employees and citizens. VECF and its Smart Beginnings partners work to build and strengthen early childhood infrastructures that create the foundation needed for success in school, work and life. Children who are exposed to quality learning at a young age perform better academically; are more likely to graduate from high school; own a home; and stay out of trouble with the law. With the majority of a child’s brain developing during the first 5 years of life, the quality of care a child receives during this time is critical. Children with access to high quality early learning experiences are more likely to acquire the skills they need to enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Virginia Quality was created to provide a consistent way to distinguish the level of quality in early education programs, allowing families to make more informed choices and child care providers a way to improve the quality of their services.
Kathryn V. Glazer is the VECF’s President and CEO. She was appointed by the Board of Directors on December 14, 2011 and began her post on January 16, 2012. Kathy Glazer is a long-time advocate for policies benefiting young children and families in Virginia. Glazer’s most recent position was Director of State Services for the national Build Initiative. In this capacity, she provided technical assistance and strategic advice to leaders in nine states in support of their early childhood agendas. In addition, she worked in partnership with researchers, other national partners and federal representatives on policy priorities to assist states in their service to young children and families.
Prior to Build she served in Virginia state government in positions including Executive Director of the Governor’s Working Group on Early Childhood Initiatives and Director of the Office of Early Childhood Development. In these roles, she collaborated with leaders in numerous agencies to coordinate programs and policies to maximize resources for young children.
Glazer also forged public-private partnerships, providing leadership for the development of the Commonwealth’s Smart Beginnings and strategic plan process, as well as assistance with creation of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. She helped initiate Virginia’s quality rating and improvement system to inform parents about the importance of quality in early learning settings that they select for their children.
Glazer earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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