LaToya W. Harrison is the Chief Academic Officer for Chesapeake Public Schools. She resides in Suffolk. She received a B.A. from the College of William & Mary, a Master’s in Education from Regent University, and an Ed.M. and Ed. D. both from Harvard University. She has served as a teacher, principal and a central office administrator in various school divisions throughout her career. One of her favorite children’s books is When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner.
She also recalls having fun with the learning centers when in kindergarten and was always especially loved the Native American teepee center.
I believe Minus 9 to 5 plays a critical role in intervening early to support families by ensuring their children enter school ready to learn. One of the ways this can be accomplished is through partnerships with other organizations so that families have easier access to the resources they need. For example, events offering training to families could be designed as one-stop shop opportunities with lots of community organizations under one umbrella providing a wide range of resources (e.g. wellness exams, food and toiletries, school supplies, professional clothing closet, education and job skills information etc.). Events like this are practical and efficient opportunities to connect families to many meaningful resources at the same time.