Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Virginia’s Early Childhood Unified Measurement and Improvement System (VQB5) [8 VAC 20 ‑ 860]    (Under Development)
Virginia’s Early Childhood Unified Measurement and Improvement System (VQB5)
Action 6474
General Information
Action Summary This regulatory action is to establish new regulations for the Virginia’s Early Childhood Unified Measurement and Improvement System, known as VQB5. Section §22.1-289.05 of the Code of Virginia directs the Board of Education (“Board”) to establish a unified quality rating and improvement system for all publicly funded early childhood providers in order to improve school readiness in the Commonwealth. The Code of Virginia states that the quality rating and improvement system should be established by July 1, 2021, that there should be optional participation beginning in 2021-2022, and that participation becomes mandatory for publicly funded providers in the 2023-2024 school year with initial quality ratings published in the fall of 2024. The Board fulfilled these timebound requirements by establishing Guidelines for VQB5 Practice Year 1 (approved in June 2021), Guidelines for VQB5 Practice Year 2 (approved in June 2022), and VQB5 Guidelines for 2023-2024 (approved in June 2023). As of the 2023-2024 school year, VQB5 is now fully implemented and includes 3,288 birth-to-five programs, including school-based preschools, Head Start/Early Head Start programs, and child care centers and family day homes that participate in the child care subsidy or other forms of public subsidy. This regulatory action will formally establish the requirements for the VQB5 unified measurement and improvement system. The proposed VQB5 regulations will specify which sites are legislatively required to participate, explain the key activities that participating sites must complete, and outline the consequences for refusal to participate.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project No project yet assigned to this action
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
10342 NOIRA Secretary of Education review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jim Chapman  / Regulatory and Legal Coordinator
Address: James Monroe Bldg., 25th Floor
101 N. 14th St.
Richmond, VA 23219
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