Virginia's First Lady Visits Elementary School

Virginia's First Lady Visits Elementary School
Posted on 09/09/2019

Virginia’s First Lady Pam Northam visited Early Start students at Elephant’s Fork Elementary School on Monday, Sept. 9.  She thrilled the 4-year-olds with a book and discussion.

Her visit also brought together all Suffolk partners in early childhood education. The group shared details about the state of early childhood education in the region and ways to expand access and quality. All agreed this was a great first step to working together more to help children be ready for school and excellence.

Suffolk Public Schools currently serves 422 students through its Early Start program, a Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) preschool program. Early Start provides a high-quality preschool education experience with the goal of reducing disparities among children entering school and reducing or eliminating at-risk factors that keep students from succeeding.

The Suffolk community is already working together to support these efforts. Thanks to an Obici Healthcare Foundation grant, Early Start teachers and teacher assistants are receiving professional development, resources and coaching to better provide innovative and engaging hands-on lessons. 

Watch some highlights from the First Lady's visit here. https://youtu.be/m6IKWi9OZMk   

Read more details in this Suffolk News-Herald article: https://www.suffolknewsherald.com/2019/09/09/va-first-lady-streams-into-suffolk/


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