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What is VQB5?

Virginia's early childhood system must ensure that all children have quality teaching and learning experiences that meet their unique needs. To do this, Virginia has developed the Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQB5) which recognizes the impact of every classroom, provides feedback to every educator, and supports all publicly funded birth-to-five programs to improve.

VQB5 is a measurement and improvement system that focuses on the quality of all publicly-funded birth-five classrooms and supports families to choose quality programming across different program types. VQB5 sets shared expectations for measuring quality and supporting teachers for all birth to five programs. Through VQB5, teachers and leaders will receive the feedback and support they need to help young children learn. (Virginia Department of Education, 2022)

VQB5 utilizes the CLASS tool which sends certified reliable observers into classrooms to note and measure the teacher behaviors that research has shown to have the best outcomes for children. Teachers receive a CLASS score and focused feedback from their observer in an effort to help them continually improve their teaching practice (Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, 2021).

Meet our VQB5 Team

Blair Davis

My name is Blair Davis and I am the VQB5 Coordinator at JMU for Rockingham, Shenandoah, Page, Rappahannock, Federick, Warren, and Clark counties. I have worked in the public school sector as a classroom teacher for over 17 years and have taught in rural, Title I, and urban school settings. I have enjoyed teaching each grade level from Pre-K through 7th and have also had the opportunity to build a multi-age classroom community and provide intervention in both reading and math throughout my career. My passion lies in moving education from an intervention to a prevention model while focusing on our underserved populations to grant equal access to high-quality education. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors (specifically on the water: kayaking and paddle boarding) or walking with my dog Charlie. I enjoy spending time with friends and family and exploring cultures around the world through traveling.


My name is Christy Maupin and I am the Fiscal Tech for the Mixed Delivery and VQB5 Grant at JMU. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology and Sociology and worked as a bookkeeper, payroll specialist, and real estate broker until I found my calling in education. Since 2010, I’ve taught middle and high school math for VDOE State Operated Programs (juvenile detention centers and children’s hospitals in Virginia) and in Costa Rica at a US-accredited therapeutic boarding school. Over the last 10 years, I’ve taught courses on collaboration, classroom management, social-emotional needs of gifted learners, and arts inquiry to pre-service teachers at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In my spare time, I work as a stained-glass artist, play as an auntie, and enjoy traveling to tropical destinations. My passion is learning more about cultivating authentic learning experiences and working to empower future generations.

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