The Early Learning Now Campaign is focused on delivering policy change and increased state investments to support equitable access to quality early learning for all Virginia children.
- Pre-COVID, 44% of Virginia’s Children were NOT ready for kindergarten in literacy, math, social skills or self-regulation.
- Post-COVID, the achievement, readiness and reading gaps will widen for all children across the income spectrum.
- The health crisis wreaked havoc on an already fragile early education system that working families rely on every day.
- Early education and learning programs are on the frontlines and need consistent and stable funding.
- Create a dedicated funding stream to increase access for at-risk children.
- Expand access to 3 and 4-year-olds through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI).
- Increase classroom quality by funding the Early Educator Teacher and Incentive Program to keep teachers in the classroom.
- Fund the preschool version of the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP).
- Fund early education with a funding formula to improve quality.
Improve access for all children.
- Increase access to the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI).
- Create a dedicated funding stream to expand access to at-risk 3’s and 4’s.
- Serve more children through the mixed-delivery in partnership with private programs and school divisions.
Focus on high quality early education.
- Increase per pupil amount.
- Invest in the Early Educator Teacher Incentive program to keep teachers in the classroom.
- Fund early education with a funding formula to improve quality for children.
- Fund the G3 Initiative..
- Utilize the Quality Rating System to measure quality in all state funded programs.
Work to address racial disparities. Close the opportunity gap.
- Improve equitable access to high quality early learning.
- Prioritize communities of color.
- Give every child the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential regardless of their zip code.
- Ensure that demographics no longer predict children’s outcomes.
All children are ready for kindergarten academically and socially.
- Fund the preschool version of the VKRP as a tool to understand children’s strengths and weaknesses and provide actionable data to parents, teachers, school divisions and early learning programs.
- Use the VKRP to benchmark the impact of COVID on children’s kindergarten readiness skills.
- Include a Deputy Superintendent of Early Childhood position in VDOE.