Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grant Program 2017 Grantees
Fairfax County Office for Children
Responding to the unmet needs of working families to have full work-day and summer care for their young children, Fairfax County Office for Children will partner with high-quality family child care programs in areas of Fairfax County with concentrated poverty to provide preschool services for VPI and child care subsidy-eligible children. Key community partners include Child Care Assistance and Referral, Fairfax Futures, Head Start, and the Institute for Early Learning.
Innovations: mentoring and workshops to support high-quality preschool services in cohorts of family child care programs; blending of funding to provide full work-day care
Fauquier County Public Schools
With diverse and strong community partners including local foundations, businesses, non-profit child care providers, and local government agencies, Fauquier County Public Schools will provide additional high-quality preschool slots in a private setting, targeting high-needs areas of the county where VPI is currently unavailable to eligible children and will develop professional development modules that will eventually be available to all interested providers in the county.
Innovations: sliding-fee scale; accessible professional development modules aligned with VA Foundation Blocks for Early Learning; intensive public engagement and education efforts to promote early education and literacy
Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond
Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond will build on partnerships with quality improvement networks and private child care programs to provide targeted professional development, including intensive coaching to teachers. Programs that achieve a level three or higher in Virginia Quality will provide preschool services, especially in areas of the county where there is no VPI available. Eventually, as an incentive and to cover costs associated with increased quality, participating programs who reach higher levels of quality will receive increased rates of compensation.
Innovations: CLASS-trained coaching model; data-informed quality improvements; increased compensation for improved quality
Smart Beginnings Southwest Virginia
(Carroll, Russell and Tazewell Counties and City of Bristol)
With significant waiting lists for VPI and Head Start services, four rural jurisdictions will work together to improve the quality of eight private child care and preschool providers in the region by coordinating with Virginia Quality to provide high-quality professional development. Key partners in the project include school divisions in all four participating jurisdictions in addition to Wythe County Public Schools, Rooftop of Virginia and Clinch Valley community action agencies, local Workforce Investment Boards, Lion’s Club, local health districts and departments of social services.
Innovations: access to comprehensive services for children through community partnerships; tailoring professional development in this rural region using best practices for adult learners
Total Action for Progress
In a community not served by VPI, a collaboration of community partners, including Craig County Public Schools, Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke, Child Health Investment Partnership (CHIP), Virginia Western Community College and the local department of social services will work together to provide two new preschool classrooms at the only licensed child care center in rural Craig County. This will give parents a continuum of quality care and education from birth through kindergarten entry.
Innovations: blended funding model; individualized professional development for early education teachers; salary-based incentives for attainment of credentials or degrees; intensive family support; data-sharing model using early childhood and elementary school data to inform quality improvements