Director or Family Day Home Providers

Are you a childcare director or family day home provider participating in VQB5’s Implementation Year 1?

Childcare Leaders, we are here to help!

VECF has great resources to help you with your Child Care business. Some of the topics include-- Attracting & Retaining Staff, Finances & Operations, Taxes, Growth & Stability, and State/Federal Funding. New Resources for Child Care Providers are valuable guides for a number of different topics.

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.

Interested in becoming a CLASS Observer for your program? Contact Shelby Meier at

Learn more about becoming a CLASS Observer for your center: Internal Observer Information

VQB5 requirements for 2023-2024 

Beginning in August 2023, all publicly funded programs that serve children ages birth to 5 are required* by state law to participate in VQB5. This includes:

  • Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI)

  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE or IDEA Part B, Section 619 preschool)

  • Head Start / Early Head Start

  • Virginia's Child Care Subsidy Program (VA CCSP)

  • Local government child care assistance, such as Fairfax's Child Care Assistance and Referral (CCAR) program

  • Title 1 Preschool

  • Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) Mixed Delivery

  • Federal Department of Defense Military Child Care Fee Assistance (MCCYN)

  • Federal Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS)

​(Programs that do not receive public funding have the option to participate)

RecognizeB5 recognizes that strengthening the ECCE system starts at the classroom level.

  • Teachers should be supported to improve and be recognized as one of the most important elements to a high-quality experience for young learners.

  • Many early childhood teachers—especially in family day homes and child care settings—are women of color who provide an essential service yet often are paid less than teachers in school-based settings.

  • Teacher turnover is much higher in these settings, which can negatively impact adult-child relationships and interactions.

    For more information on RecognizeB5, contact them directly at