Transforming Early Childhood Education for Virginia's Children

In Virginia, at both the local and state levels, there is increased investment in early childhood education (ECE). For good reason – high-quality ECE experiences are key to children’s academic and social-emotional success. Working in partnership with local and state leaders, early childhood education advocates, school administrators, teachers, and others, faculty at the Curry School of Education including those within the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, Ed Policy Works, and PALS are working toward a common vision in Virginia:

Every young child has the educational experiences they need for success in school and in life.

Why early childhood?

The opportunity to shape the brain is greater in early childhood than in any other time in a person’s life. Brains are built from the bottom up. 90% of brain development happens before age 5. More than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second in the first year of life. 

An investment in the early years of life is one of the best investments we can make.  Nobel Prize winning Economics Professor James Heckman concluded that high quality birth-to-five early education experiences provide a 13% return on investment. The return is life-long—children in effective early childhood programs are more likely to finish college, get high-paying jobs, and be healthier and happier later in life.
The pathway toward realizing this vision combines the power of PEOPLE, PROGRAMS, and POLICY to transform the lives of young children in ways that will have a lasting state, national, and global impact.



Virginia Partnership Initiatives

  • Advancing Effective Interactions & Instruction in VPI Classrooms

    The Advancing Effective Interactions & Instruction in VPI Classrooms​ Initiative is designed to ensure that teachers and leaders are able to provide children high quality preschool experiences. This initiative is implemented by CASTL in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in all VPI classrooms.

    Virginia Department of Education
    Division VPI Programs

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  • STREAMin3

    Drawing from over a decade of research and development in early childhood education and the latest science regarding how young children learn, STREAMin3 is a birth through preschool comprehensive and integrated curriculum model.

    New E3 School
    The Alleghany Foundation
    Elevate Early Education (E3)
    Virginia Department of Social Services
    Obici Healthcare Foundation
    Participating private, faith-based, VPI, and Head Start Programs

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  • Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP)

    The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) builds a more comprehensive understanding of school readiness and success. VKRP includes coordinated assessments (math, self-regulation and social skills and in conjunction with PALS-literacy), reports and instructional resources.

    Virginia Department of Education
    All Virginia School Divisions
    Elevate Early Education (E3)

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