Office for Children

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

703-324-8100
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 920
Fairfax, VA 22035

Anne-Marie Twohie,
Director

Ready Region Capital Area

Ready Region Capital Area

We are proud to have been selected as the lead organization for Ready Region Capital Area. As a Ready Region lead organization, we are part of a statewide network focused on:

  • Strengthening quality. We will ensure all components are in place to coordinate quality measurement and guide improvement in publicly funded classrooms as part of VQB5.
  • Building relationships. We will engage with leaders across the region to facilitate buy-in for shared accountability and benefit.
  • Increasing access. We will build and strengthen better processes to help parents learn about and access ECCE programs in their community, while helping ECCE providers connect with families.
  • Engaging families. We will establish and strengthen strategies and structures to ensure family engagement.

Strengthening Quality

Strengthening quality. We will ensure all components are in place to coordinate quality measurement and guide improvement in publicly funded classrooms as part of VQB5.

 

Virginia’s early childhood system must ensure that all children have quality teaching and learning experiences that meet their unique needs. To do this, Virginia has developed the Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQB5) which recognizes the impact of every classroom, provides feedback to every educator, and supports all publicly funded birth-to-five programs to improve. 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.

Ready Regions coordinates participation in VQB5 for early childhood care and education (ECCE) programs in the region.

To enroll in VQB5 practice year 2: Email NCSOFCVQB5@fairfaxcounty.gov

The Virginia Department of Education administers VQB5 as established by the Virginia Board of Education. To learn more, visit the VDOE website.
 
 

Building Relationships

Building Relationships. We will engage with leaders across the region to facilitate buy-in for shared accountability and benefit. 

 

Ready Region Capital Area is committed to partnering with other organizations and stakeholders to implement this work. Our partners include: 

  • Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Arlington County Department of Human Services
  • Arlington County Public Schools        
  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Fairfax Futures    
  • Falls Church City Public Schools
  • Kids First Years

Increasing Access

Increasing access. We will build and strengthen better processes to help parents learn about and access ECCE programs in their community, while helping ECCE providers connect with families.

 

Ready Regions is working to “coordinate enrollment” across publicly funded ECCE programs in the region, such as Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes (including those participating in VECF’s Mixed Delivery program), Head Start, Virginia Preschool Initiative, and others to:

  • Help parents easily learn where there are available spots for their children, what they qualify for, and information such as cost, hours, and location.
  • Help ECCE providers keep enrollment numbers high, communicate when they have spots available, and be able to cover the true costs of quality services.
     

Engaging Families

Engaging families. We will establish and strengthen strategies and structures to ensure family engagement.

 

Families must be engaged in designing an early childhood system that works for them. To do this, Ready Regions will connect with families and communities to better understand and provide the ECCE programs that meet families’ needs.

As an Early Childhood Program, you are part of something BIG!

Toddler looking upPublicly funded programs that receive state, local or Department of Defense funding, are part of Ready Region Capital Area!  

Ready Region Capital Area includes child care programs and family child care providers in Fairfax County, Falls Church City, City of Fairfax, Arlington County, and City of Alexandria.

During the next year, you will learn how being part of Ready Region Capital Area will recognize the valuable work you are doing.  More importantly, you will receive information on what programs need to do to continue to participate as a subsidy vendor and be a part of the Virginia Unified Early Childhood System by Fall 2023.

For more information about VQB5, email NCSOFCVQB5@fairfaxcounty.gov 
 

 

You may receive $400 per observation!Are you a CLASS Observer or interested in becoming one?

Ready Region Capital Area is seeking observers for the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, better known as CLASS.
If you are interested in becoming a CLASS observer or are already a CLASS observer, email NCSReadyRegionCapitalArea@fairfaxcounty.gov.

For additional information view the CLASS Observer Recruitment flyer.

 

Webinars

Ready Region Capital Area Overview
View the recording: English or Spanish

Outreach Materials

 

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