An early childhood system is only as good as the quality of its programs and its teachers. This is why VECF places so much emphasis on supporting continuous cycles of improvement to ensure every child and family has access to high-quality learning opportunities which lead directly to school readiness. On the program level, VECF co-administers the Virginia Quality rating and improvement system with the Virginia Department of Social Services. Virginia Quality is a way for providers to be acknowledged and supported in implementing research-backed best practices. On the teacher level, VECF helps lead several initiatives around quality, including a major push for increasing the skills of our early learning workforce.