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
  • Prioritize early childhood workforce development and wage increases to ensure centers have a strong workforce available.
    • Check out our infographic.
  • Explore options for philanthropic, business and other community supports for childcare systems and “family friendly” practices.
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 Joetta Camp, Virginia Star Quality Initiative – Tidewater Community College Maggie Charlton, Tidewater Community College Tessa Davis, Armed Services YMCA Emily Edmonds, Chesapeake RU Ready Shikee Franklin, Early Head Start/ Head Start Sharon Howell, Planning Council Dusti Johnson-Brinker, Portsmouth Public Schools Jordan Mellott, Great Bridge Child Care Center Patricia Meyer, VDSS Eastern Region Lic Susanne Rakes, Child Care Aware Linda Ross, Virginia DSS Sara Rotherberg, EVMS Pediatrics, Community Health and Research Laura Roberts, Armed Forces YMCA Lauren Small, Early Education Business Consultants, LLC Jerry Stewart, Early Education Business Consultants, LLC Sean Wynn, United Way, SHR
Contact Beth Parker for more information at ParkerEK@EVMS.EDU