Virginia Quality

Richmond, Virginia



Virginia Quality is designed to assist child care and preschool programs in providing quality early care and education and recognize programs for the services they are providing to families. Virginia Quality provides consistent, unbiased information to families about the different types of child care and preschool options available. Virginia Quality is a voluntary method used to define, measure, and improve the level of quality of child care and preschool programs.

Virginia Quality awards quality levels to child care and preschool programs based on four nationally recognized quality standards and best practices:

  • Education and qualifications of the staff
  • Curriculum or intentional teaching approach the program uses to guide children’s learning
  • Learning environment
  • Teacher-child interactions

Virginia Quality offers a variety of quality improvement supports and allows programs to request specific technical assistance according to their readiness for change and specific quality improvement goals.

QTips: Standards to look for in a child care center or family day home:

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To find out more information or how to participate, contact our regional coordinator or any of our local coordinators.

Cristin McKnight, ChildSavers Central Region Virginia Quality Coordinator, (804) 591-3968 or

Jean McNeil, Smart Beginnings Southeast Community Champion, (804) 458-6329 x 2023 or

Patsy Pelland, Heartland Community Champion, (434) 395-2974 or