Early Learning and Development

A little girl playing with building blocks.
Our Focus

The Early Learning and Development Working Group partners with child care providers to enhance early learning programs for children.

Current Priorities
The Minus 9 to 5 initiative provides an incredible opportunity for me to contribute to big ideas that will improve our system of early care and education. The collaboration among organizations is allowing us to be much stronger together.
Lauren Small
Lauren Small Early Education Business Consultants, LLC
Working Group Members
Beth Anderson, Children’s Harbor Beverly Becker, Square One Kisha Burchard-Goodfield, Infant Toddler Specialist Network Joetta Camp, Virginia Star Quality Initiative – Tidewater Community College Kristen Carter, EVMS, Minus 9 to 5 Maggie Charlton, Tidewater Community College Kayla Corbitt, Operation Childcare Project Tessa Davis, Armed Services YMCA Emily Edmonds, Chesapeake RU Ready Shikee Franklin, Early Head Start/ Head Start Sharon Howell, Planning Council Jeanne Hopkins, Tidewater Community College Chamika Johnson, Urban Strategies Dusti Johnson-Brinker, Portsmouth Public Schools Barb Lito, Virginia Beach Grow Smart Jordan Mellott, Great Bridge Child Care Center Patricia Meyer, VDSS Eastern Region Lic Susanne Rakes, Child Care Aware Laura Roberts, Armed Forces YMCA Linda Ross, Virginia DSS Sara Rotherberg, EVMS Pediatrics, Community Health and Research Lauren Small, Early Education Business Consultants, LLC Brittany Sutton, Urban Strategies Sean Wynn, United Way, SHR
Contact Beth Parker for more information at ParkerEK@EVMS.EDU