The Office of Early Childhood Development benefits from a number of partnerships and grant opportunities that greatly enrich our efforts and outcomes.
Data Integration Grant
The Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD), in partnership with Virginia Tech, was awarded a Child Care State Research Capacity-Cooperative Agreements Grant. This project is a three-year effort designed to develop an integrated, interagency data system that enables policymakers to assess the impact of OECD initiatives on the quality of child care available for, and used by, low-income working parents and at-risk families. The federal and matching funding will be used to support collaborative data gathering involving VDSS, Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Tech, local departments of social services and school districts, Head Start, and other partners. This grant, valued at approximately $850,000 is provided by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.
Productivity Investment Fund Grant
Grant funding awarded to the OECD by the Secretaries of Technology, Finance, and Administration has afforded the opportunity to partner with Virginia Enterprise Application Project, Virginia Interactive, Smart Beginnings, and VACCRRN to plan the development of an online resource providing parents with consumer information about quality in early childhood programs and the new Quality Rating and Improvement System. The site is projected to go live by summer 2009.
Center for the Developing Child at Harvard
OECD has earned a partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association, and the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard to identify, promote, and communicate policy objectives from the five goal areas of the Plan for Smart Beginnings, Virginia’s early childhood strategic plan.
Virginia has received a three-year technical assistance grant from SpecialQuest, through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start. SpecialQuest Birth–Five focuses on inclusion for children with disabilities ages birth through five and their families, particularly those in Head Start along with child care, early intervention, early childhood special education, family support, and other related programs.
National Professional Development Center on Inclusion
The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) is working with selected states to ensure that early childhood teachers are prepared to educate and care for young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers. The NPDCI technical assistance grant awarded to Virginia is being implemented in conjunction with the Special Quest opportunity.
Zero to Three Creating Connections for Babies
Virginia is one of six states selected to participate with Zero to Three Policy Center's initiative, working with public private partnerships in policy change for infants, toddlers, and their families through training, technical assistance, and resources.Two infant-toddler professionals in Virginia have been selected as state advocacy leaders who are actively participating in the public policy process, recruiting new members for the Zero to Three Policy Network, and helping connect those members to the state’s infant-toddler policy work.