An integrated management team to oversee Virginia’s preschool program has been developed and established. The VPI+ Implementation Team consists of agency partners, both public and private and state and local, to intentionally integrate the components of high-quality preschool programs to provide supports and services for Virginia’s at-risk children. The team meets regularly to discuss the roles of each partner in the grant implementation. Of note are the following grant partners and a brief description of their roles.
- Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) – administers the VPI and VPI+ programs and serves as the PDG grant lead agency; also administers Virginia’s Title I preschool program, Section 619 of Part B of IDEA, and programs for homeless, migrant, and foster children as well as for English learners.
- Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) – provides collaboration and leadership with Virginia’s Head Start program; has developed and maintains the Virginia Early Childhood Professional Development Registry (IMPACT), a voluntary, statewide tool to document and recognize the professional achievements of practitioners and trainers who work in early childhood education in Virginia. The IMPACT Registry gathers and maintains data submitted by individuals and reviewed by Registry staff.
- Virginia Department of Health (VDH) – provides guidance to subgrantees in funding opportunities for required daily snacks and other nutritional and well-being needs as part of comprehensive services. Representatives from the VDH serve on the VPI+ Cross-Organizational Data team to improve statewide preschool data.
- Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) – serves as the lead on the implementation of Virginia’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which establishes quality ratings of early childhood programs for parents and families and provides support so that programs can voluntarily improve the quality of the services they provide. New VPI+ classrooms were rated with the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) in fall 2015 as a baseline measure for future improvement. VECF also supports Virginia’s Smart Beginnings network, which brings public and private leaders together to collaborate on priorities for young children.
- Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) at the University of Virginia – provides support to subgrantees through a process of continuous quality improvement, including setting goals with a focus on professional development, and using data to inform changes at the program-, teacher-, and classroom-levels. CASTL provides ongoing technical assistance and professional development for VPI+ coaches.