About VQB5

What is VQB5?

The Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (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. By fall 2023, all publicly-funded programs will be required to participate with ratings shared publicly in fall 2024. Early childhood programs that do not receive any public funds have the option to participate.

Why participate in VQB5?

  • Strengthened quality: Through VQB5, educators and leaders will receive individualized feedback and support to provide quality experiences for young children
  • Training and support: Educators and leaders participating in VQB5 will have access to supports, training, and resources to help improve interactions and curriculum, including CLASS® training
  • Financial recognition: Eligible educators participating in VQB5 will receive up to $3,000 through RecognizeB5
  • Opportunity to receive observations and resources around CLASS: This 2023-2024 academic year is the first required VQB5 year for all publicly funded programs. Programs will have the opportunity to be observed with scores going public in the Fall 2024.
What’s different from last year?

During the 2022-23 academic year, EVMS Minus 9 to 5 administered the VQB5 grant for Ready Region Southeastern. This means that all publicly funded birth-five classrooms in the region are eligible to participate.

There are more resources and supports available for VQB5, including an increase in the Teacher/Assistant Teacher Recognition Award for eligible educators (RecognizeB5), more targeted professional development to support improvement of CLASS scores, an improved LinkB5 user experience, as well as new roles such as a Family Engagement Specialist, a Coordinated Enrollment Specialist, and a regional Family Council.

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To learn more about VQB5 in general, please see the Virginia Department of Education’s VQB5 webpage.