Where is AEII?
The AEII initiative supports publicly funded preschool classrooms across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Supporting VPI, ECSE, and Title I Classrooms
The AEII initiative supports publicly funded preschool classrooms across the Commonwealth of Virginia, including Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Title I, and VPI 3-year-old classrooms. AEII focuses on measuring, understanding, and supporting the quality of early childhood learning experiences. VPI distributes state funds to schools and community-based organizations to provide quality preschool programs for at-risk four-year-olds who are unserved by the federal Head Start program. ECSE provides services for preschool-aged children (ages two to five) with identified disabilities or developmental delays. Title I funding supports preschool programs in schools with high numbers of students from low income families to ensure that children have opportunities for high-quality early childhood education. Additionally, a few school divisions are piloting VPI programs to support 3-year-olds from historically underserved communities.
During the 2018-2019 school year, AEII worked with 50 early adopter school divisions to measure the quality of classroom interactions and instruction, as well as identify effective professional development opportunities. These 50 participating divisions, located across the state, played an integral role in helping AEII refine its processes and procedures.
In the 2019-2020 school year, AEII expanded its reach across the entire state of Virginia, supporting divisions to identify professional development needs in all VPI classrooms across 122 school divisions. Specific activities include standardized data collection on quality of interactions, production of teacher- and division-level reports about quality of interactions, review of division-wide professional development plans, and consultation and webinars for division ECE leaders to support development of data-driven planning for effective professional development.
Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, AEII is broadening its scope to ECSE, Title I, and 3-year-old classrooms and will provide inclusive supports to many more teachers and leaders across the Commonwealth.