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TOL PR 2016-10-12 Stairway to Success Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Leesburg Recognized for Early Childhood Education Programs Town achieves gold status in VML’s “Stairway to Success” program. Leesburg, VA (October 12, 2016) – The Virginia Municipal League’s “Stairway to Success” is a friendly competition among member localities highlighting the important role local government can play in supporting early childhood education – even those localities that don’t operate public school systems, like the Town of Leesburg. Recipients of bronze, silver and gold status in the program were recognized at the VML Annual Conference in Virginia Beach earlier this week. The overall goal of the progam is to increase local government involvement in early childhood education, as a first step toward developing a well- educated and informed population. The Town of Leesburg achieved “Gold” status in the first year of the Stairway to Success program by documenting programs and activities such as the Parks & Recreation Department’s A Room to Grow Preschool and recreational programs for young children. In addition, the Town Council adopted a resolution in support of early childhood education. “While we easily reached gold status for programs we are already doing, our goal for next year is to expand activities into other departments and provide employees with volunteer opportunities that support early childhood education,” said Kaj Dentler, Leesburg’s Town Manager, after receiving the award. # # #