Scott County Early Head Start receives highest level accreditation in Virginia Quality

Scott County, VA (June 3, 2019) – Scott County Head Start, Weber City Early Head Start, announced they have achieved a Level 5 accreditation, the highest level a center can receive, in Virginia Quality. By voluntarily participating in Virginia Quality, administered locally through United Way of Southwest Virginia, early learning programs show their staff, families, and community that they are committed to high-quality early learning.

“I am beyond proud of Scott County Head Start. Our staff is passionate about providing quality environments and interactions with the children and families we serve. We know that the first five years are critical when it comes to early childhood development and we take that job seriously. Our early head start staff have worked hard to implement a program that makes a difference. I am overjoyed to be a part of this team. I would also like to thank Virginia Quality for helping us reach our quality improvement goals. Virginia Quality has provided our staff with trainings, professional development, materials, and feedback that has been very valuable.” said Cindy Raymond, Child Development Services Coordinator for Scott County Head Start.

The Virginia Quality Levels (1-5) provide a framework for program quality improvement. Each level builds on the one before it, and prepares programs for the level that comes next. Participating in Virginia Quality assures families that the program is committed to offering the very best available care and education according to Virginia’s standards. 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.

Approximately 130 child care providers participate in Virginia Quality locally, leading the way for high-quality early education for our youngest Virginians by providing a path for continuous quality improvement at child care centers, preschools, and family child care homes across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia Quality is a partnership among the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, and United Way of Southwest Virginia. United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Childhood Success Team members provide technical assistance to center staff to prepare them for a Virginia Quality rating, which includes on-site classroom assessments, observations of teacher interactions with children, and recommendations for improving the environment for the students.

Robyn Raines, Director of Childhood and Youth Success at United Way of Southwest Virginia, said, “I am so impressed with the achievement of Weber City Early Head Start obtaining their Virginia Quality Level 5 rating! Putting in the extra work and time to meet this voluntary, third-party seal-of-approval speaks to their value of providing the most high-quality early childhood experience for their community. Our region celebrates your hard work!”

Scott County Weber City Early Head Start has a capacity of sixteen children, who are six weeks to three years of age.

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United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life.  Through an initiative-based cradle-to-career approach, United Way of Southwest Virginia is creating sustainable solutions to address the challenges facing tomorrow’s workforce. United Way convenes cross-sector partners to make an impact on the most complex problems in our region. Through collaboration with government, business, nonprofit and individuals, United Way innovates for positive, lasting social change.  With a footprint that covers nearly 20% of the state of Virginia, United Way of Southwest Virginia programs and initiatives serve the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton, and Radford.