In partnership with municipality-led coalitions, The Planning Council, Children’s Harbor, Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater, Paul D Camp Community College, and Eastern Shore Community College, TCC is committed to identifying and improving quality in early care and education settings across the Tidewater area.
The Planning Council and Children’s Harbor work regionally to ensure access to quality early care. Within each municipality, early childhood work is carried out by city coalitions, connecting parents and children with resources, and assisting in the recruitment of early care programs to participate in Virginia Quality.
The Cities of Franklin, Southampton County and Isle of Wright County are served through Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater and their efforts to help children enter school healthy and ready to learn. Both Eastern Shore Community College (ESCC) and Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) are committed to increasing the education levels of employees in early care and education programs, recruiting early care and education programs for engagement in Virginia Quality, and supporting efforts to improve the quality in the participating programs.
On a state-level, Virginia Quality is a system administered jointly by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundations and the Office of Early Childhood Development as a voluntary quality assessment and improvement project for child care. Visit www.virginiaquality.com for a preview of the new Virginia Quality!
How can you participate in improving the quality of care for children in our Region?
- As a parent, support school readiness.
- As a Director of an early care program, contact our Regional Quality Coordinator
- Adopt a Center
- Ask if your child’s center is rated, if not, encourage them to learn more about and enroll in Virginia Quality
About Tidewater Community College
Founded in 1968, Tidewater Community College (www.tcc.edu) helps adults of all ages and backgrounds achieve their personal goals and contribute to the vitality of the greater community. TCC is the largest provider of higher education and workforce development services in southeastern Virginia, serving both students and local employers with more than 150 academic and career programs. It is one of 23 schools that make up the Virginia Community College System.