Choosing a Child Care Provider—Provider Qualifications

VQB5 – Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System

This system measures and improves the quality of early childhood education programs. It focuses on two aspects of quality: teacher-child interactions (assessed using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System) and the implementation of an approved curriculum. VQB5 ratings will be available to the public starting in Fall 2024.

Learn More About Common ECE Curriculum Programs

  • Abeka — A biblically based curriculum for grades pre-k through grade 12. Utilizes a Spiral Learning approach the begins with the basics and progresses to deeper understanding at age-appropriate times. Offers curriculum for homeschool, Christian schools, and preschools.
  • The Creative Curriculum — An differentiated approach in which children learn through creative and active teaching strategies. Curriculum is divided by age  — Infant, Toddlers & Twos, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Family Child Care.
  • High Scope — A play-based, child-centered curriculum featuring active learning, positive adult-child interactions, a child friendly learning environment, a consistent daily routine, and team-based assessment. Offers curriculum for Infant-Toddler and preschool.
  • Montessori The Montessori method is an approach to classroom learning that emphasizes independence and choice. Montessori education programs are characterized by Montessori trained teachers, multi-age classrooms, specially designed Montessori materials, child-directed work, and extended periods of free choice.
  • Reggio Emilia Approach The Reggio Emilia approach is an inclusive, village-style approach that engages children, parents, and the community as all being essential components to the learning process. Children have control over their learning and teachers collaborate with students, rather than just instructing them. There is no set curriculum or testing program, but teachers will often base lesson plans on each child’s interests.
  • RIE (Resources for Infant Educators) Approach The RIE, or “Educaring” approach believes parents and caretakers must have respect for infants and trust that they are natural inventors, explorers, and self-learners. This approach encourages freedom to explore and interact with other infants, time for uninterrupted play, and environment that is safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing, and the involvement of the child in all care activities.
  • Waldorf Approach The curriculum at a Waldorf preschool is focused on creative learning over academics, developing a love of learning, and encouraging  a child’s natural curiosity for the world around them. Waldorf schools do not use any computers or digital technology in the early grades curriculum, although mechanical technology and the practical arts are incorporated at all levels.
  • Play based — A play-based curriculum allows children to learn the skills they need in a structured environment with the help and supervision of a teacher through social play, individual play, and group play. 
  • Cooperative Approach — An instructional strategy in which small groups of students work together on a common task.