Updated: Nov 17, 2022
We're so proud of our longtime client Arms of the King Child Care Center for earning the highest achievement offered by the state's Virginia Quality program, LEVEL 5! This Newport News program has been a roaring success and exemplifies the values of the Hampton Roads Shared Services Alliance (HRSSA), the nonprofit that EEBC manages and of which Arms of the King is a participant.
The Virginia Quality program was created as Virginia’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system, which offers proven strategies for improving the quality of child care and early learning programs. The program has quality standards and best practices within four levels: basic health and safety (Level 1), teacher education and qualification (Level 2), curriculum, child assessment and intentional teaching (Level 3), a meaningful learning and play environment (Level 4), and daily supportive interactions between teachers and children (Level 5). A new Unified and Improvement System, called the Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQBS), has been developed and approved by the Virginia Board of Education to soon replace Virginia Quality, and centers like Arms of the King will be reevaluated under the new system later on. But it's especially noteworthy that Arms of the King reached Level 5 under a voluntary initiative.
Arms of the King Child Care Center was founded by Coretta Rodriquez 20 years ago. Director Audrey Livingstone, with the assistance of Early Education Business Consultants, has made significant strides in providing a quality education program. Arms of the King soon joined the nonprofit HRSSA.
“I attribute the knowledgeable professionals with EEBC, who know how processes and policies should be implemented and trained for, as being instrumental in my journey, and our success in reaching the Virginia Quality Level 5 status,” said Livingstone. “Virginia Quality also provided specialists at Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula to train us toward the next quality level.”
The Early Education Business Program assists owners and directors of child care centers and family day care programs the training and assistance to create a sustainable business model. The eight-session program covers strategic planning, HR management, financial management, marketing and technology with group interaction and new connections to community services.