Ready Region Southeastern

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Minus 9 to 5

Leading Ready Region Southeastern

EVMS Minus 9 to 5 has been selected to lead Ready Region Southeastern. Through this exciting new network, we’ll be working with families, childcare providers and communities.

Ready Region Southeastern is one of nine Ready Regions in the state including cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach; and counties of Accomack, Isle of Wight, Northampton and Southampton.

 Learn more about the Ready Regions network.

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About What We Do:

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Information for directors and family day home providers.

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We are proud to have been selected as the lead organization for Ready Region Southeastern. As a Ready Region lead organization, we are part of a statewide network focused on:

Strengthening QualityWe will ensure all components are in place to coordinate quality measurement and guide improvement in publicly funded classrooms as part of VQB5.

  • Virginia’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.
  • Ready Regions Southeastern coordinates participation in VQB5 for early childhood care and education (ECCE) programs in the region. To learn more about how you can become involved with VQB5 email Lauren Gray at
  • The Virginia Department of Education administers VQB5 as established by the Virginia Board of Education. To learn more, visit the VDOE website.

Building RelationshipsWe will engage with leaders across the region to facilitate buy-in for shared accountability and benefit.

Ready Region Southeastern is committed to partnering with other organizations and stakeholders to implement this work. Explore our ECCE Ready Regions Southeastern infographic to learn more about this dynamic partnership spanning across six cities and four counties throughout Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore.

Increasing AccessWe will build and strengthen better processes to help parents learn about and access ECCE programs in their community, while helping ECCE providers connect with families.

Ready Regions is working to “coordinate enrollment” across publicly funded ECCE programs in the region, such as Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes, including those participating in VECF’s Mixed Delivery program, Head Start, and Virginia Preschool Initiative. By building a coordinated enrollment system we strive to:

  • Help parents easily learn where there are available spots for their children, what they qualify for, and information such as cost, hours, and location.
  • Help ECCE providers keep enrollment numbers high, communicate when they have spots available, and be able to cover the true costs of quality services.

To learn more about some of our local pre-school opportunities, go to

For additional information, email Heather Eberle, Coordinated Enrollment Assistant, at

Engaging FamiliesWe will establish and strengthen strategies and structures to ensure family engagement.

Ready Regions Southeastern is connecting eith families and the community to help better understand the needs in the Hampton Roads area. That will include family representatives from Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads, and Western Tidewater.


Stay tuned for more family engagement opportunities! Interested in learning more? Contact Namona Griffin at