Quality Improvement

Early childhood care and education (ECCE) programs across Virginia have unique strengths and opportunities for improvement. VECF brings public and private partners together to identify and offer resources for continuous quality improvement.

Identifying and Measuring Quality

Virginia’s early childhood system must ensure that all children have quality teaching and learning experiences that meet their unique needs. Starting in 2021, Virginia began to transition from a voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to the Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQB5). The Unified VQB5 System will measure the quality of infant, toddler and preschool teaching and learning based on two nationally recognized quality indicators: interactions and curriculum. VQB5 will measure teacher-child interactions and instruction using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and will measure the use of approved curricula that are aligned with Virginia’s Early Learning and Development Standards.

The new system will unify expectations for all publicly funded programs and is focused on driving improvement to ensure all children have access to high-quality teaching and learning experiences. By fall 2023, all publicly funded programs will be required to participate with ratings shared publicly in fall 2024. You can read about VQB5 by visiting VDOE’s Building a Unified Early Childhood System webpage

The previous QRIS, Virginia Quality, ended on June 30, 2022 to assist with the transition to VQB5. Virginia Quality ratings will remain valid until VQB5 quality ratings are published in Fall 2024. The ratings for all Virginia Quality programs as of June 30, 2022 can be found on the VDOE’s Quality Measurement and Improvement (VQB5) webpage.



Upskilling Virginia’s Early Childhood Workforce

Quality improvement efforts are an investment in early childhood educators’ skill-building and recognition of the impact educators have on Virginia’s youngest learners. Access to effective, affordable professional development and credentialing pathways as well as appropriate compensation and working conditions is critical for ensuring Virginia has a talented, diverse early education workforce. VECF is dedicated to working with public and private partners to develop the early childhood workforce across the state and ensure high-impact experiences for all children.

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Quality Improvement Supports

Programs can receive individualized improvement support on interactions and curriculum by connecting with their Ready Region and participating in the VQB5 practice years. Click here to find your Ready Region contact information.

Resources to get you started: 

To learn more, email Catherine@vecf.org.