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 HarborBeverly Becker, Square OneJoetta Camp, Virginia Star Quality Initiative – Tidewater Community CollegeMaggie Charlton, Tidewater Community CollegeTessa Davis, Armed Services YMCAEmily Edmonds, Chesapeake RU ReadyShikee Franklin, Early Head Start/ Head StartJulie Greene, Child Care AwareSharon Howell, Planning CouncilBryanna Huston, Children’s HarborKathryn Jessee, Chesapeake R U ReadyDusti Johnson-Brinker, Portsmouth Public SchoolsJordan Mellott, Great Bridge Child Care CenterRickeya Smith, Children’s HarborHeather Kitsis, VA QualityTiffany Langston, VA QualityPatricia Meyer, VDSS Eastern Region LicSusanne Rakes, Child Care AwareLinda Ross, Chesapeake DSSSara Rotherberg, EVMS Pediatrics, Community Health and ResearchLaura Roberts, Armed Forces YMCALauren Small, Early Education Business Consultants, LLCJerry Stewart, Early Education Business Consultants, LLCG. Lee Taylor, Children’s Center
Contact Beth Parker for more information at ParkerEK@EVMS.EDU