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The Code of Virginia (§ 22.1-289.03) directed the Board of Education to establish a unified quality rating and improvement system for all publicly funded birth-to-five providers as of July 1, 2021. In June 2021, the Board of Education fulfilled this expectation by approved the Guidelines for Practice Year 1 of VQB5 of the Unified Measurement and Improvement System, which has since been formally named VQB5. The Code of Virginia further requires that this system will expand over time, with all publicly-funded providers required to participate in VQB5 starting in the fall of 2023. VQB5 is currently being implemented through two practice years which provide every publicly- funded birth-to-five program (school-based preschool, Head Start/Early Head Start, and child care subsidy participating child care and family day home) the opportunity to practice being measured before results are shared publicly. 2021-2022 marked the first Practice Year (Practice Year 1) of VQB5 with Practice Year 2 set to take place from 2022-2023. Over half of all of Virginia’s 3,142 publicly-funded programs opted to participate in Practice Year 1. In Practice Year 2, the VDOE hopes to engage 100% of publicly-funded birth-to-five programs in this final opportunity for practice. Based on the learned experiences from Practice Year 1, as well as extensive stakeholder engagement and feedback (see Section 3 and Appendix A) the VDOE has proposed a set of minor updates and enhancements for Practice Year 2 of VQB5.
Early Childhood Guidelines for Practice Year 1 of the Early Childhood Unified Measurement and Improvement System
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