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The Child Development Lab is a participant in the voluntary Virginia Star
Quality Initiative because research shows that the quality of care your child receives sets the stage for all future learning.

In June 2011, we were awarded a 4-Star rating.

Finding and accessing high quality child care can be a challenge; but families now have a tool to help inform their decisions. The Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI) was created to provide a consistent way to distinguish the level of quality in early education programs, allowing you to make more informed choices. Early learning providers who participate in this completely voluntary program are provided with a way to continually improve the quality of their services.

The quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for early childhood providers awards programs one of five star levels of increasing quality. But the rating is only the first step of the QRIS process. After receiving a rating, programs are given tools to improve their quality through mentoring and other assistance.

Participation and the award of a star rating reflects a program’s choice to raise the bar in commitment to quality beyond expectation or requirement.

A Program With a Star Rating:

  • Is on a quality improvement path
  • Distinguishes itself for exceeding standards required of it
  • Assures parents of its focus on producing a high quality experience for children
  • Reflects a culture of commitment to excellence among staff

Why Does Quality Matter?

Children with access to high quality early learning experiences are more likely to acquire the skills they need to enter kindergarten ready to succeed and adapt to new learning and social environments. High quality care means that children are engaging in meaningful learning and play, guided by qualified caregivers in an enriched educational environment.

Key Quality Features:

  • Education, qualifications and training of staff
  • Interactions
  • Structure
  • Environment and Instruction

Our program was awarded a 4-Star rating in June 2011.  

We are working hard to continuously improve the quality of our program.

Smart Beginnings

The community's response


"Congratulations to the entire staff at TCC CDL!  You all are the best.  We are very lucky and blessed to have found your program and have Luc be able to experience his first schooling experience there!  I am looking forward to another wonderful year with all of you!" (The Doan Family, June 2011)