Virginia Quality: Early Education Quality Rating and Improvement System

  • Virginia Quality is the state's voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement System.

    Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) exist in most states across the country and are a proven strategy to systematically improve the quality of child care and early learning programs.

    ACPS provides local coordination of Virginia Quality in the City of Alexandria as part of the Northern Region, led by the Fairfax County Office for Children.

    The Virginia Quality community consists of leading child care centers, preschools, and family child care homes across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    By voluntarily joining Virginia Quality, early learning programs show their staff, families, and community that they are committed to quality for young children. There is no fee to participate in Virginia Quality.

    Virginia Quality sets standards for quality and provides a path for continuous quality improvement.

    The Virginia Quality Levels are a framework for program quality improvement. Each level builds on the one before it and prepares programs for the level that comes next. Programs progress through the levels at their own pace, based on their current level of quality, and which aspects of quality they are ready to demonstrate next.

    Be recognized and receive support for continuous quality improvement.

    Early learning programs engaged in Virginia Quality:

    • Learn about and incorporate best practices in early education and care.
    • Receive recognition for existing quality work with children and families.
    • Develop practical goals and strategies to guide program improvement.
    • Access professional development, technical assistance, and grants linked to achieving and maintaining quality.
    • Communicate to families the good work you do every day and your work to continually improve quality

    For more information regarding the initiative and to register, please visit Virginia Quality or contact Milagro Benitez at


    Local Coordinator
    Jane Richardson

    Program Specialist
    Milagro Yanes-Benitez

    Technical Assistance Specialists
    Peggy Ashbrook
    Pamela Blakenship
    Chidiomimi Chime
    Hilda Isham
    Shelley Keith

    Mental Health Consultants
    Elizabeth Gillam
    Judith Martens