Virginia Quality Birth to Five (VQB5)

Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQB5) recognizes the impact of every classroom, provides feedback to every educator, and supports all publicly funded birth-to-five programs to improve. 

VQB5 is a measurement and improvement system that focuses on the quality of all publicly-funded birth-five classrooms and supports families to choose quality programming across different program types. Through VQB5, teachers and leaders will receive the feedback and support they need to help young children learn. 

Resources for Child Care Professionals

VQB5 will measure the quality of infant, toddler and preschool teaching and learning based on two nationally-recognized quality indicators: Interactions and Curriculum:

  • How will interactions be measured in VQB5? Teacher-child interactions will be measured using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). The CLASS is an observational tool that looks at multiple age appropriate aspects of teacher-child interactions that support children’s learning and development. CLASS observations will be conducted twice annually in every classroom by trained and reliable observers. 

    How will curriculum use be measured in VQB5? As a first step to support curriculum use in all programs, the new system will recognize programs that use an approved curriculum in at least one classroom. Support to obtain a curriculum will be provided to programs participating in the practice years. 

We offer a variety of quality improvement supports including requested technical assistance to help you reach your goals. To help you gain visibility and credibility, we also share all VQB5-enrolled businesses with parents and guardians searching for quality child care and preschool programs. 

For more info or to get started, contact Cristin McKnight at:

Resources for Parents and Guardians

Looking for trusted, quality early child care programs for your kids? VQB5 can help! Use our online search tool to find enrolled programs near you.

For more resources that are frequently added and updated, check out the Virginia Department of Education’s site.

VQB5 in Ready Region Central

Ready Region Central consists of the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond; and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex. 

For more locations in the rest of the Commonwealth, visit the Ready Region page on the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation website. 

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