Virginia

QRIS State Profile

This profile is from the QRIS Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.

QRIS Resource Guide Examples

Quality Assurance and Monitoring

Shared Management Approach in Virginia's QRIS Pilot

Virginia’s Star Quality Initiative (VSQI) is a public-private partnership between the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) and the Office of Early Child Development (OECD), a division of the Virginia Department of Social Services. The administrative partnership of these two entities is referred to as “the Hub”, while each partner maintains clear responsibilities.  The Office of Early Childhood Development’s responsibilities include:

1.     Facilitate selection and training of raters

2.      Set criteria and training standards for mentors

3.     Review applications for each participating program

4.     Conduct documentation reviews for Standards 1, 3, and Transition Practices

5.     Maintain the QRIS online database

6.     Provide technical assistance to regional and local coordinators, raters, mentors and participating providers

7.     Conduct strategic decision-making and planning for the initiative

8.     Manage proposals and monitor contract implementation/compliance

 The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation’s responsibilities include:

  1. Maintain the quality and integrity of the standard and rating process:
    • Oversee the inter-rater reliability process
    • Review Program Rating Summary Reports
    • Award star ratings
    • Manage the appeal process
  2. Provide resources to help regional and local coalitions implement QRIS
  3. Provide technical assistance to regional and local coordinators, raters, mentors and participating providers
  4. Share responsibility with VDSS/OECD for strategic decision-making for the initative

Additional information is available at http://www.smartbeginnings.org/Home/StarQualityInitiative/ForEarlyChildhoodProfessionals.aspx.

Cost Projections and Financing

Leveraging the Support of the Private Sector in Virginia

A pilot site in Virginia's Star Quality Initiative, Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads, leveraged financial support from the private sector. Although the State funded trainings for local ”raters” and ”mentors,” South Hampton Roads leaders were responsible for accessing additional funds to support the local system. The Hampton Roads Community Foundation provided more than $1 million over a 2-year period for implementation in child care centers in the region. The Batten Educational Achievement Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation supported teacher scholarships and education for staff in participating centers. To leverage additional funding, Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads encouraged businesses to participate in an "Adopt a Center" program, where their contributions paid for one program's participation in the QRIS.