Minus 9 to 5 has several interconnected parts working at the same time. More than 100 Hampton Roads experts from diverse organizations are involved in creating a great early care and education system for our region’s youngest residents and their families.

Sets the strategic direction and goals of the initiative, makes key decisions, gives feedback, prioritizes and implements ideas originating in the Working Groups.

This subset of the Steering Committee provides strategic and operational oversight to the Backbone staff and the overall initiative.

Six groups have from 15 to 20 stakeholders who develop and implement concrete ideas and action plans related to their strategy areas. Each group has two co-chairs ensure information flow to the Steering Committee.

Serves as champion and advocate for the initiative, helping to ensure that strategies and ideas receive political support, resources and public backing.

Coordinates the initiative through two staff members who manage interactions among the council, committees and working groups.