Current Initiatives

Developmental Screening Initiative

VECF’s Developmental Screening Initiative, funded by the Virginia Department of Health, invests in building a community-wide system to ensure children all ages prenatal to five are screened and supported in achieving developmentally appropriate milestones and growth using the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®.

Mixed Delivery Program

Virginia’s Mixed Delivery Program is an innovative public-private early childhood care and education (ECCE) model that offers high quality preschool experiences to children who meet the eligibility requirements set out for the Virginia Preschool Initiative. Approved childcare programs are supported to meet the high standards of public preschool programs, in locations and hours that work for families. Through Mixed Delivery, more families can access ECCE programs to prepare their children for success in school and life.

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Nemours Child Health Initiative

Since 2014, VECF has received funding from Nemours Children’s Health Foundation to engage state and local partners in advancing healthier child care policies and practices, so that early care environments provide the nutrition and physical activity shown to promote healthy weight and physical development.

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Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG)

Through the Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG), communities have the opportunity to build, expand and sustain a birth-to-age-5 (B-5) system that supports school readiness for Virginia’s children served in publicly funded early childhood education and care (ECCE) classrooms. These efforts help build the foundation for a new uniform measurement and improvement system required for all publicly funded programs.

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Ready Network

Ready Network is a staffed family child care network that offers licensed, voluntarily registered and unregulated providers access to a network of supports, including a subscription to Wonderschool, to build their capacity to meet families’ needs for affordable, quality, safe child care.

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Ready Regions

Ready Regions is Virginia’s network of nine strong organizations that were selected to set a vision and lead their region’s progress on early childhood priorities.  Responsible for coordinating services and building partnerships needed to strengthen quality in early childhood care and education, Ready Regions provide leadership, innovation, and accountability in every corner of the Commonwealth – and make sure family choices and voices are shaping early childhood services and experiences that work for all Virginia families.

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Smart Beginnings

In 2005, leaders across Virginia launched Smart Beginnings coalitions, and began bringing partners together to collaborate on solutions and build stronger early childhood systems that work better for communities. For over two decades, Smart Beginnings demonstrated how strong leadership guiding a community focus on early childhood can deliver more coordinated services and stronger, healthier starts for young children. The work of Smart Beginnings laid the foundation for Ready Regions, Virginia’s statewide network of early childhood systems builders.

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