1. Virginia's QRIS Gets New Name

    Along with a new name comes new quality standards recognizing the key role of early learning in improving child outcomes.  The Virginia Dept. of Social Services and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation are excited to announce that Virginia's QRIS will now be known as "Virginia Quality."

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  2. School Readiness Starts with Quality

    As families turn their attention to back-to-school activities in August and September, VECF and Smart Beginnings Partners across the Commonwealth will kick-off an effort to highlight - quality - a key driver for successful school readiness.

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  3. School Readiness Indicator Map Tool Updated

    Virginia's web-based mapping tool is updated to provide the most recent community level look at indicators and easy comparison to other communities and/or to the state average.

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  4. Upskilling VA's Early Learning Workforce

    Over the next year VECF will convene key stakeholders in a series of solutions-oriented discussions with the goal of developing consensus & implementing a plan for continuum of high quality early education, training, & professional designations supporting & acknowledging a highly skilled early learning working in VA.

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  5. VECF Elects New Officers and Board Members

    In June VECF elected new officers and directors.  VECF is pleased to announce Reginald N. Jones will serve as Chairman and Beth Rhinehart as Secretary.  VECF welcomes Deborah DiCroce, Glenn DuBois, Mark Gordon and Carrie Roth who were elected as directors.

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  6. VECF Releases New Research Report on PreK

    The new report, Predicting On-Time Promotion to and Literacy Achievement in Eighth Grade in Relation to Public Prekindergarten in VA, is the first study in VA to follow children from preschool to 8th grade giving insight to learning more about the long-term benefits of VA's early childhood support services.

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  7. VECF Launches Smart Beginnings Start with Families

    VECF & the VA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics have partnered to launch "Smart Beginnings Start with Families: Healthy Children are Ready to Learn". The campaign is an opportunity to focus on the healthy development of young children between Mother's Day & Father's Day.

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  8. VECF Releases KRA Pilot Final Report

    VECF conducted a privately funded Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Pilot in the 2013-2014 school-year in 14 school divisions across the Commonwealth using Teaching Strategies GOLD.  New final report discusses findings and recommendations.

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