A Snapshot of AEII

Supporting quality improvements to promote young children’s learning and school readiness in Virginia’s early childhood classrooms.

Our Model for Supporting School Readiness

The goal of the AEII initiative is to support quality improvements in three key areas – curricula, teacher-child interactions, and instruction. Through these quality improvements, Virginia’s preschool classrooms will offer young children more equitable access to high-quality learning experiences that promote their school readiness.

A conceptual model that highlights how teacher professional development can support better curriculum, teacher-child interactions, and instruction, leading to school readiness for young children.

Three Key Ingredients



Using effective, evidence-based curricula helps ensure that children are afforded the opportunities to develop critical school readiness skills.

A teacher looking on as a girl feels good about putting together a puzzle.

Teacher-Child Interactions

Teacher-child interactions that are effective, engaging, and supportive serve as the foundation for learning in early childhood.

Preschool teacher helping a young child build a triangle with blocks.


High-quality instruction focused on key content areas, such as early literacy and social-emotional learning, helps to ensure children are kindergarten ready. 

AEII by the Numbers


Teachers and education leaders in early childhood programs received supports, tools, and resources.


VPI classrooms across the Commonwealth were served by the AEII initiative.


School divisions across Virginia received ongoing regional, local, and individual meetings, as well as training, and webinar supports.

teacher coach conference


How AEII Works

Measuring Quality

AEII assesses the quality of teacher-child interactions, instruction, curricula, and professional development opportunities that are part of early childhood classrooms.

Facilitating Data Use

AEII supports education leaders in using data to understand what is happening in all of Virginia's publicly funded early childhood classrooms and making data-driven decisions towards improvements.

Fostering Quality Professional Development

AEII provides ongoing consultation and instructional resources to help education leaders plan targeted and individualized professional development for their teachers.

Funded by the Virginia General Assembly, the AEII initiative is implemented by the University of Virginia’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).