Initiatives and Projects

A partnership between researchers, educators, community leaderships, as well as local and state policy makers make these initiatives possible.

UNDERSTANDING SCHOOL READINESS

Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program

In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) builds a more comprehensive understanding of school readiness. As Virginia’s statewide assessment system of children’s early learning skills, VKRP adds screening measures of mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills to complement Virginia’s statewide assessment of literacy skills using the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening.

SUPPORTING QUALITY PRESCHOOL

Advancing Effective Interactions and Instruction

In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Advancing Effective Interactions & Instruction (AEII) supports teachers to provide high-quality learning experiences through individualized professional development (PD) focused on social-emotional instruction and interactions for children, birth through five, in Virginia’s early childhood classrooms.

FOSTER EARLY LEARNING

STREAMin3 Curriculum and Coaching

STREAMin3 is a research-based birth through preschool comprehensive and integrated curriculum model developed in partnership with Elevate Early Education and The New E3 School. In partnership with the Virginia Department of Social Services, Obici Healthcare Foundation, and the Alleghany Foundation, STREAMin3 was piloted in ECE programs in Virginia. In a new partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, STREAMin3 is  now an option for all publicly-funded birth to five programs across the Commonwealth.

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