For Parents

kidpainting2Quality learning experiences begin at home with parents as the first, and most important teachers.

Virginia Quality was created to help parents find high quality child care programs throughout Virginia.

Virginia Quality tells parents what quality looks like. The quality rating standards set the standards for quality improvement. There are five quality levels. At each level, programs are assessed on certain quality features and will be engaged in quality improvement. The criteria define what the program will be assessed on, and the required activities define the quality improvement activities that will be available to help achieve the quality improvement required for moving to the next level.

Each Level reached by a program certifies that the program is reaching beyond the requirements of the minimum licensing standards, demonstrating a commitment to provide high quality care and learning experiences for young children.

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Help your child get ready for transitions:  Use these books to build anticipation.  Use them as a springboard for discussing fears and reducing anxiety associated with change.  Consider visiting your child’s teacher before the big day.  Pretend – play going to school to build familiarity.

  • Countdown to Kindergarten by Allison McGee
  • Kindergarten Rocks! By Katie Davis
  • Look Out Kindergarten Here I come! by Nancy Carlson
  • Miss Bindergarten gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
  • Pete the Cat, Rocking in My School Shoes by Jimmy Dean and Eric Litwin
  • Sam and Grahm the First Day of School by David Ulrich
  • The Kissing Hand by Audry Penn
  • Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwellfindastar



The childcare centers & preschools at this link have voluntarily chosen to participate in a process of continuous quality improvement.

By doing so, these programs are demonstrating their commitment to providing quality early learning experiences for young children in our communities.


 Online Resources

  • ChildcareVA – VA DSS resource for Informing parents, providers and communities on the importance, benefits and standards of safe, quality child care.
  • Child Development Videos – Learn more about your child’s development, and receive age-appropriate early learning activities geared to help your child develop school readiness skills
  • Born Learning – Did you know that children are born learning?
  • Reading Rockets – What to expect and how to support learning.
  • Get Ready to Read – A read-screening tool for 4-year-olds.
  • CDC Development Milestones – And what to do if you’re worried about your child’s development or think there’s a problem.