Policy and Advocacy

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Our Focus

The Policy and Advocacy Working Group, launched in early 2018, brings early childhood supporters together in order to build public goodwill and advocate for policies to improve the region’s early care and education system.

In July 2019 Governor Northam issued an Executive Directive asking state agency leaders to conduct listening sessions, analyze data, collaborate across agencies and develop a comprehensive set of recommendations to address access to, quality of and state governance challenges around early childhood education. The resulting recommendations are now being implemented (see Building a Unified Early Childhood System website). Read more about the 2019 Executive Directive.


Working Group Members
Dr. Suzanne Brixey, Children’s Hospital of The King’s DaughtersRosalind Cutchins, Children’s Center, SuffolkNavine Fortune, Norfolk State University Child Development LabTina Gill, The Up CenterEmily Griffey, Voices for Virginia’s ChildrenThaler McCormick, ForKids Inc.Sara Rothenberg, Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolDiane Umstead, Smart Beginnings Virginia PeninsulaLeah Williams-Rumbley, Foodbank of Southern Virginia & Eastern Shore
Contact Beth Parker for more information at ParkerEK@EVMS.EDU