Supporting Early Learning

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Quality early learning experiences are an essential element to preparing children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Young children benefit from positive, interactive and engaging educational environments to learn and explore. Virginia is committed to supporting all children to access excellent early learning experiences.

The Virginia Department of Education helps prepare all children for kindergarten by supporting birth to five programming, including the Virginia Preschool Initiative and Early Childhood Special Education. Through focusing on key classroom practices, such as using of high-quality curriculum and assessment, supporting positive teacher-child interactions and ongoing family engagement, Virginia’s early learning programs support the growth and development of young children.

Through close partnerships and collaboration with other state agencies and community partners, the Virginia Department Education seeks to support high-quality early childhood experiences for all of Virginia’s youngest learners ages birth to five.

Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness

School Readiness Regional Stakeholder Listening Sessions

On July 24, 2019, Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Directive Four, which establishes the Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness. The directive also kicks off four regional stakeholder listening sessions headlined by the Commissioner of Virginia Department of Social Services and the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Dates and locations for listening sessions can be found below. Refer to the July 24, 2019 News Release for more information.

  • Monday, August 12, 9:00 AM – Dominion Enterprises, 150 Granby Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
  • Wednesday, August 14, 10:00 AM – ACCA Child Development Center, 7200 Columbia Pike, Suite 2, Annandale, Virginia 22003 
  • Thursday, August 15, 10:00 AM – Salem High School, 400 Spartan Drive, Salem, Virginia 24153
  • Friday, August 16, 2:00 PM – Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832


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