Help is Here for Roanoke Valley Parents

Do you need assistance with academic support or childcare because of COVID-19 changes in school?

United Way of Roanoke Valley is working with school systems and non-profit organizations throughout the region to help parents keep their children on-track academically, with safe, supportive child care while they are at work.

Fill out a Smart2Start application to find the solution that’s right for your family. Signing up is free and easy!

*Be sure to fill out both parts of the application. Only filling out the first part may cause a delay in processing your application.

To view a list of participating sites, click on the links below.

*We are partnering with school systems, non-profits, and the faith based community to ensure families have a safe place for their children to receive academic support when they are not in school.  We are now accepting applications for children birth through 12 years old.  Please fill out the application in its entirety. You may qualify for financial assistance and we want to be sure to connect you to those resources. For more information and stay up to date on any changes, click here!

Learning From Day One

Did you know that more than 85% of brain development
happens before a child reaches age 5?

Prepare your child for success in school and in life,
by filling out a Smart2Start application.

We’re here to help you find affordable childcare
and preschools that are just the right fit!

Education for All

Smart2Start joins public school systems, Head Start programs,
and private providers to give all families access to
early care and education resources. Working together,
we can ensure every child enters kindergarten with the skills
needed to succeed in school and in life.

Just One Application

Smart2Start makes it easier for all families to review
and sign up for early care and education opportunities
that meet their family’s preferences and needs. This single application can also inform families of their eligibility for publicly-funded programs that may provide free
or reduced cost options.