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Early ed group to make two announcements

Updated: September 6, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Posted: September 6, 2013

Elevate Early Education, a statewide lobbying group with local roots, plans to make what officials say are two big announcements at a social event Monday night.

President and CEO Lisa Howard said the first announcement is a multimillion dollar project and the second is a partnership with Old Dominion University. She declined to give further specifics until the official announcement.

"The projects that we will announce will advance early education not only here in our region but in the commonwealth," she said.

"We believe this will be a platform for policy change."

The "mix and mingle" event is intended to be a celebration for Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads, an advocacy group that ignited various early education initiatives in the region.

Howard, who is also president and CEO of SBSHR, said the organization is closing at the end of the month after roughly eight years of service.

The 5:30 p.m. event will be held at WHRO Public Media, 5200 Hampton Blvd. in Norfolk.

- Jared Council, Inside Business