VSQI @ Tidewater Community College

 VIRGINIA STAR QUALITY INITIATIVE – The evidence is clear—quality early education is key.

QRIS_logoOur Mission –
To work with our community partners to prepare children for success in school and life!Our Goals –

  • To identify the high quality early child care and  education programs that  already exist
  • Improve the quality of early  care available to children  in Hampton Roads and the Eastern Region,
  • Provide resources  and support for  early child hood programs,
  • Ensure excellence in teacher preparation, Improve consumer awareness.


DoctorChildren’s brains can’t wait!
The most critical time is the first five years when 90% of brain development takes place.  The quality of daily experiences shapes the brain, preparing it for a lifetime of learning .

The skills we look for in the workforce, critical thinking, working well with others, are all built on the foundation of the early years. That’s why every dollar spent on early education yields a return of around $7 – $17.

Children who enter kindergarten unprepared are  more likely to perform below grade level in the third grade and  are unlikely to ever catch up.

VSQI is a voluntary system to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education settings that families consider for their children.

Please join TCC and its partners in our commitment to identify and improve quality in early care and education settings across the Eastern Region of Tidewater.

We know the VSQI works !
The results of a 2010 study commissioned by Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads with The University of Virginia’s Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) showed that children in VSQI centers with more mentoring hours had significantly greater rates of development of language and social-emotional skills during the school year.STAR Rated Centers had significantly higher overall quality learning environments and instructional practices than comparison centers.

When the workforce pipeline begins:

A note from President Kolovani
Welcome to the Virginia Star Quality Initiative at Tidewater Community College. Research tells us that a child’s performance in school is based on their very early years at home and in day care.edna_webWhile TCC is mainly in the business of educating adults, the college’s future, and the future of Hampton Roads, lie in preparing our young children academically and socially for school and, ultimately, the workplace.That’s why I was delighted that TCC was awarded a major grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to bring VSQI to the college. On these pages you will see how VSQI will integrate with TCC, including enhancing our early childhood curriculum and offering scholarships to TCC students.Gandhi said that you may never know the results of your actions, but if you do nothing, there’ll be no results.I am very excited about TCC’s support and involvement in early-childhood development and education.Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani, Ph.D. September 2013