Ready Region Chesapeake Bay
We are proud to have been selected as the lead organization for Ready Region Chesapeake Bay. As a Ready Region lead organization, we are part of a statewide network focused on:
Strengthening Quality: We will ensure all components are in place to coordinate quality measurement and guide improvement in publicly funded classrooms as part of VQB5.
Building Relationships: We will engage with leaders across the region to facilitate buy-in for shared accountability and benefit.
Increasing Access: We will build and strengthen better processes to help parents learn about and access ECCE programs in their community, while helping ECCE providers connect with families.
Engaging Families: We will establish and strengthen strategies and structures to ensure family engagement.
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We will ensure all components are in place to coordinate quality measurement and guide improvement in publicly funded classrooms as part of VQB5.
Virginia’s early childhood system must ensure that all children have quality teaching and learning experiences that meet their unique needs. To do this, Virginia has developed the Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQB5) which 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.
Ready Regions coordinate participation in VQB5 for early childhood care and education (ECCE) programs in the region. To enroll in VQB5 Practice Year 2 click here. Contact Hilari Devine, Early Childhood Systems Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Virginia Department of Education administers VQB5 as established by the Virginia Board of Education. To learn more, visit the VDOE Quality Measurement and Improvement website.
We will engage with leaders across the region to facilitate buy-in for shared accountability and benefit.
Ready Region Chesapeake Bay is committed to partnering with other organizations and stakeholders to implement this work. Our partners include:
We will build and strengthen better processes to help parents learn about and access ECCE programs in their community, while helping ECCE providers connect with families.
Ready Regions is working to “coordinate enrollment” across publicly funded ECCE programs in the region, such as Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes (including those participating in VECF’s Mixed Delivery program), Head Start, Virginia Preschool Initiative, and others to:
Help parents easily learn where there are available spots for their children, what they qualify for, and information such as cost, hours, and location.
Help ECCE providers keep enrollment numbers high, communicate when they have spots available, and be able to cover the true costs of quality services.
Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula and Ready Region Chesapeake Bay are committed to improving school readiness outcomes by addressing disparities and leading for equity so that all children have access to opportunities regardless of race, ethnicity, family income, language, ability, geography or zip code. We recognize that there is inequitable access for many children and families of color. We are actively addressing this with staff, board volunteers and community partners to prioritize strategies that improve outcomes for all children.
We will establish and strengthen strategies and structures to ensure family engagement.
Families must be engaged in designing an early childhood system that works for them. To do this, Ready Regions will connect with families and communities to better understand and provide the ECCE programs that meet families’ needs.
Ready Region Chesapeake Bay Service Area:
Cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg; and the counties of Essex, Gloucester, James City, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, and York.