Early Childhood Resources

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation offers these resources as solid evidence that high quality early care and education is a high-return investment that is right for our children and essential for our economic prosperity. 


Blueprint Virginia
Facilitated by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Blueprint Virginia is a comprehensive effort to provide business leadership, direction and long-range economic development planning for Virginia.  Early childhood education is cited as a priority under the Education Goal which is to "Build on our nationally ranked education system to develop the world's best workforce for the 21st century. The plan highlights the direct link between a strong start in the early years and a vibrant and productive workforce for the Commonwealth.

Smart Beginnings and the Workforce Pipeline Video
Learn more about the vital role of quality early childhood experiences in the development of Virginia's competitive future workforce.

Evidenced Based Directory
This resource provides recommended models and practices to guide the work of local Smart Beginnings Initiatives.

Virginia's School Readiness Report Card 2016
This report examines and assesses the capacity and effectiveness of the state's system in supporting the school readiness of young children.  In recognition of the Commonwealth’s ten-year investment in Smart Beginnings (2006-2016), this edition provides an analysis of trends in key indicators of risk and school performance in Virginia over the past decade.  Click here to view a presentation and discussion of the 2016 School Readiness Report Card by Kathy Glazer (6/14/16).

Community Indicator Tool
The user friendly tool allows for a community-level look at children's health and education indicators as well as easy comparison to other communities and/or to the state average.

Preschool Puzzle
This document provides guidance for exploring community partnerships promoting access to high quality publicly-funded preschool in both public schools and private centers. 

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Virginia's Quality Rating & Improvement System Online Professional Development Series

View resources dedicated to early childhood development professionals to assist childcare and preschool programs in providing high quality early care and education services to families.  Click here to access these tools.

Virginia Quality Coffee Talks Series Webinar Recordings

A series of recorded information sessions were held from October 2015 to February 2016 to help Smart Beginnings Coordinators, Specialists and other stakeholders learn more about Virginia Quality.  You can access the recordings here:

October - December 2015 Coffee Talks Recordings

February 2016 Learning Community Series Coffee Talks Recordings

Transforming the Early Care Workforce


This seminal report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences outlining the challenges and opportunities for supporting this critically important workforce. This report is a perfect conversation-starter for VECF’s focus on Upskilling the Early Care and Education Workforce, an effort to bring statewide focus to the need for effective professional development pathways for Virginia’s early learning workforce.


Trends and Innovations

The Build Initiative has released a report outlining state innovations promoting the development of the early childhood education workforce.