VQB5 - Virginia's Quality Measurement and Improvement System

Share & Bookmark, Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option


grinning childVirginia’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. VQB5 sets shared expectations for measuring quality and supporting teachers for all birth to five programs. Through VQB5, teachers and leaders will receive the feedback and support they need to help young children learn.

Timeline & Participation

In June 2021, the Board of Education approved the Guidelines for Practice Year 1 of the Early Childhood Unified Measurement and Improvement System.

In June 2022, the Board of Education approved Guidelines for Practice Year 2 of the Early Childhood Unified Measurement and Improvement System.

VDOE is currently working with a variety of stakeholders to implement and scale VQB5. This includes implementing two practice years as shown in the timeline below. All programs will have an opportunity to participate in at least one practice year.

  • 2021-2022 - VQB5 Practice Year 1
  • 2022-2023 - VQB5 Practice Year 2 (coordinated through Ready Regions)
  • 2023-2024 - VQB5 Year 1
    • All publicly-funded programs will be required to participate in VQB5 Year 1, with the first public ratings shared in the fall of 2024.
  • If you are interested in participating in VQB5, please contact your Ready Regions lead (PDF).

Measuring & Improving Quality

Flowchart with the steps: Prepare, Measure, Feedback, Support, and Reflect

VQB5 will measure the quality of infant, toddler and preschool teaching and learning based on two nationally-recognized quality indicators: Interactions and Curriculum.

An important feature of VQB5 is that measurement and improvement are connected and ongoing. VQB5 programs have many opportunities to reflect on their progress during the year using a continuous quality improvement cycle.

AEII Strengthening Quality Toolkit

VQB5 Resources

VQB5 Overview Resources

VQB5 Implementation Resources

VQB5 Webinar Recordings


If you have questions about VQB5, please email vqb5@doe.virginia.gov.

VA Quality Final Levels

Download and view VA Quality Final Levels as of June 30, 2022.