What We Do

The Center for Early Success is a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to strengthening early childhood education for children ages birth to five. Headquartered in Danville, Virginia, our service area also includes the city of Lynchburg, and fourteen counties across central and southern Virginia. Our work is supported by both private and public funding.


Our mission is to strengthen the system of individuals and organizations caring for and educating children ages birth to five. By doing so, we hope to ensure that all children are emotionally, intellectually and physically ready to succeed when they enter Kindergarten.


At the most fundamental level, we bring public and private leaders together at the local level to collaborate on early childhood priorities and we pursue funding opportunities that will enable us to advance these same priorities.

We also use a variety of other strategies and activities to advance our mission:

  • We lead Ready Region Southside, a grant initiative focused on:

Strengthening Quality
We ensure all components are in place to coordinate quality measurement and guide improvement in publicly funded classrooms as part of VQB5.

Building Relationships
We engage with leaders across the region to facilitate buy-in for shared accountability and benefit.

Increasing Access
We build and strengthen better processes to help parents learn about and access early childhood education programs in their community, while connecting childcare providers with families.

Engaging Families
We establish and strengthen strategies and structures to ensure family engagement.

  • We work to remove barriers to service parents may face, such as early detection of delays or access to pediatric specialists.

  • We provide collaborative marketing strategies and supports to enhance utilization of early childhood services and resources.

  • We conduct evaluation and research to ensure activities we pursue are data-driven and the impact of initiatives are measured whenever possible.

  • We strengthen the quality of childcare provided by conducting or facilitating free, high-quality trainings for childcare providers on days and times that meet their needs.

  • We administer a regional Infant Toddler Services Network (ITSN) grant providing training and technical assistance for childcare providers serving birth to 36 months.

Our two full-time Infant Toddler Specialists work side by side with childcare teachers and directors to develop a Quality Improvement Plan that meets the individual needs of each childcare program and builds on the strengths of each provider.

To learn more these services or to be added to our waiting list, please call us at (434) 797-8887.