Laying the Foundation for Birth-to-Five Learning
VDOE helps prepare all children for kindergarten by supporting birth to five programming, including the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Early Childhood Special Education, the Head Start Collaboration Office, child care centers, and family day homes. Quality early learning experiences are an essential element to preparing children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Watch the videos below to learn more.
VDOE Early Childhood State of the State Updates for Summer 2022
Jenna Conway, Deputy Superintendent of Early Childhood Care and Education, delivers a comprehensive presentation entitled Early Childhood State of the State Updates for Summer 2022 on July 14, 2022 in which she shares key updates for early childhood in Virginia.
Early Childhood Education: Key Ingredients
Early Childhood Inclusion in Augusta County
Inclusion means having high expectations for all children. The Virginia Department of Education fully supports inclusion of young children and early childhood programs.
- COVID-19 vaccines are available free of charge for children as young as 12.
- VDH Back to School Safety Guide
- CDC Recommendations for School and Child Care Programs
Frequently Asked Questions
- 2021-2022 School Year Frequently Asked Questions
- 2021-2022 VPI Instructional Disruptions Related to COVID 19 Frequently Asked Questions-This is a Word document.
Virginia's Focus on School Readiness
The years before a child enters kindergarten directly impact a child’s ability to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. School Readiness means preparing all children for kindergarten by supporting birth-to-age-five programming. Virginia's focus includes key classroom practices such as the use of high-quality curriculum and assessment, teacher-child interactions and individualized professional development. It also includes strengthening family engagement.
On July 1, 2021, the VDOE became responsible for child care licensing and the child care subsidy program. This shift is part of Virginia's broader effort to unify and strengthen the birth-five landscape in Virginia. Visit Building a Unified Early Childhood System for information and resources related to this transition.
For parents and caregivers of children birth to age five
Begin here to navigate the range of information and resources for children from birth to age five on this website. Resources for Families includes developmental standards and guidelines, preschool programs, special education information and links to a number of early childhood supports including health and social services. Child Care VA includes information about Virginia's child care options, including how to become a licensed or registered child care provider, and how families can get help paying for child care.
Virginia preschool programs for four-year-olds
Early childhood programs in Virginia public schools provide a foundation for learning and academic success. In addition to information on Preschool Programs and services, this section includes professional development resources for teachers and grant management tools for administrators.
Children with Disabilities
Early childhood special education services for children birth to age five
For children with disabilities, Virginia's public school system offers early childhood services as part of their special education programs. These Early Childhood Special Education services provide children with disabilities the services needed to attain skills that are comparable to their typically developing peers.