Virginia Quality

Virginia Quality is a state-led program that supports childcare and early learning programs in Virginia and the Heartland in improving their quality so all Virginia’s children can be ready for school. It also offers continuous quality improvement resources and support to participating childcare centers, preschools and family child care homes.

Information for Families

By voluntarily participating in Virginia Quality, childcare centers and early learning programs focus on the following areas that have been proven to matter to a child’s school success:

Basic Health and Safety

Virginia Quality programs comply with the requirements of state and local regulatory agencies. 

Education and Qualifications for teachers and staff

Quality centers encourage and support both formal education for staff as well as continuing education such as workshops and conferences.

Teacher-child interactions as well as a teacher to staff ratios 

Quality centers know that children benefit from high-quality interactions. This includes positive attitudes toward children, using constructive and appropriate behavior management techniques, encouraging children to be creative and encouraging children to learn and ask questions.

Learning environment

Quality centers have a variety of materials and activities for children to be involved in each day.

Curriculum and Assessment 

Quality centers strive to incorporate curriculum, child assessment and intentional teaching at the center every day. A quality center should be intentionally promoting a child’s learning and development.

Participating centers in the Heartland

Amelia County

STEPS Amelia Head Start
Licensed Child Day Center
Amelia Court House
16331 Dunn Street, Amelia Court House, VA 23002

Buckingham County

STEPS-Buckingham Head Start
Licensed Child Day Center
77 Buckingham School Road, Buckingham, VA 23921 

Charlotte County

STEPS-Charlotte Head Start
Licensed Child Day Center
Charlotte Court House
401 Thomas Jefferson Highway, Charlotte Court House, VA 23923  

Cumberland County

STEPS-Cumberland Head Start
Licensed Child Day Center
60 Schoolhouse Road, Cumberland, VA 23040 

Zirkle's Daycare
Licensed Family Day Home
913 Anderson Highway, Cumberland, VA 23030 

Lunenburg County

STEPS- Lunenburg Head Start
Licensed Child Day Center
2401 Nottoway Blvd, Victoria, VA 23974 

Nottoway County

STEPS- Nottoway/Blackstone Head Start
Licensed Child Day Center
615 East Street, Blackstone, VA 23824

Prince Edward County

Andy Taylor Center for Early Childhood Development
Licensed Child Day Center
213 Fourth Street, Farmville, VA 23901

Creative Learning Center of Farmville
Licensed Child Day Center
1719 W. Third, Farmville, VA 23901

Fuqua School Early Learning Center
Licensed Child Day Center
605 Fuqua Driver, Farmville, VA 23947 

KiKi’s Clubhouse
Licensed Day Home
78 Ropp Road, Farmville, VA 23901 

STEPS- Prince Edward Head Start
Licensed Child Day Center
407 Griffin Blvd., Farmville, VA 23901