Back to Work Virginia: A Child Care Recovery and Renaissance Task Force

Back to Work Virginia: A Child Care Recovery and Renaissance Task Force


The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) has assembled a blue-ribbon task force to develop an assertive strategic plan with recommendations for structural shifts and improved policies and practices to stabilize and strengthen Virginia’s child care industry – considered essential personnel per COVID-19 directives – as the Commonwealth gets back to work and rebuilds its economy. Click here to read full press release. A brief description of the task force can be found here.

*Please note that the task force will be informed by a diverse group of local, state, and national experts and stakeholders, including child care providers, practitioners, and families.

Back to Work Virginia Task Force Meeting Materials

Meeting One Takeaways

Meeting Two Takeaways

Task Force Chairs

Deborah DiCroce, Hampton Roads Community Foundation
Jim Dyke, McGuire Woods Consulting
Stephen Moret, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Task Force Members

Sherrie Armstrong, Community Foundation for a greater Richmond
Kartik Athreya, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Jack Berry, Richmond Region Tourism
Gil Bland, Urban League of Hampton Roads
Annette Beuchler, Obici Healthcare Foundation
Richard Bynum, PNC Bank
Clark Casteel, Danville Regional Foundation
Kevin Curtis, Dominion Energy
Ben Davenport, First Piedmont Corporation
Barry DuVal, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Emily Elliott, Department of Human Resource Management
Bill Ermatinger, Huntington Ingalls Industries
Megan Healy, Chief Workforce Advisor to the Governor
Dean Lynch, Virginia Association of Counties
Ned Massee, Croatan Advisors
Clark Mercer, Chief of Staff to the Governor
Todd Norris, Ballad Health
Lisa Swaney, Smithfield
Gary Thomson, Thomson Consulting
Dietra Trent, George Mason University


National Experts

Rhian Evans Allvin, National Association for the Education of Young Children
Julia Barfield and Cheryl Oldham, US Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Capizzano, Policy Equity Group
Angie Garling, Low Income Investment Fund
Rob Grunewald, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank
Christine Johnson-Staub, The Center for Law and Social Policy
Elliot Regenstein, Foresight Law + Policy
Saurabh Sanghvi and Jimmy Sarakatsannis, McKinsey & Company
Jeff Shultz, Bellwether Education Partners
Linda Smith, Bipartisan Policy Center
Helene Stebbins, Alliance for Early Success
Louise Stoney, Opportunities Exchange

State and Local Informants

Isabel Ballivian, ACCA Child Development Center
Mike Chinn
Jenna Conway, Virginia Department of Education
Holly Coy, Virginia Department of Education
Patrick Crute, Virginia Alliance YMCAs
Silke Duke, ImagiNation Learning Center
Emily Griffey, Voices for Virginia's Children
Elliot Haspel, Robins Foundation
Susan Hill, Second Baptist Church Creative Learning Center
Glenn Hopkins, Hopkins House
Lisa Howard, Elevate Early Education
Bill Hudson, Family Child Care Associates
Kim Hulcher, Virginia Child Care Association
Carla Javier, Child Development Resources
Gail Johnson, LeafSpring Schools (founder)
Heather Livingston, Downtown Hampton Child Development Center
Christopher Lloyd, McGuire Woods Consulting
Tammy Mann, Campagna Center
Amy Martin, Culpeper Baptist Child Development Center
Cheryl Morman, VA Alliance of Family Child Care Associations
Phil Panzarella, Easterseals, DC MD VA
Nancy Petters, Downtown Hampton Child Development Center
Rob Shinn, Capital Results
Lauren Small, Early Education Business Consultants
Travis Staton, United Way of Southwest Virginia
Duke Storen, Virginia Department of Social Services

*List of state and local informants will be updated frequently.