The purpose of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is to mobilize people, multiply investments, and maximize opportunities so people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives.

Smart Beginnings

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A message from Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond

I have been a champion for early childhood for more than 12 years – from Youth Matters at the Greater Richmond Chamber, to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, and now, Chairman of Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond.  Why do I support early childhood?  Because I am committed to ensuring our region’s children show up for school ready to succeed.  We know from extensive research that kids who start off right are more likely to stay in school, graduate on-time and become productive members of our workforce.   It takes families, schools, child care providers, doctors, whole communities to make sure we give all our kids the best start in life.  That is what Smart Beginnings does.  Smart Beginnings is a regional coalition that leverages investments, optimizes services for young children, and helps families get their children healthy and ready to learn. Join me, and our many partners, in working together to ensure that all children, birth to age 5, are healthy, well-cared for, and ready to succeed in school and in life.








Steve Clementi Owner, SFC Consulting, LLC
Chairman, Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond