Business Leaders Explore Economics of Early Childhood and Share Strategies on Reimagining Virginia’s Child Care System
- Tom Barkin, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, shared insights on the critical role of the child care industry to a healthy economy for the Commonwealth.
- Co-chairs of the Back to Work Virginia Task Force, which was established in May 2020 as a proactive response to the disruption that the pandemic has caused for employers, working parents, and the child care industry, shared findings from their collaborative efforts to develop assertive recommendations for stabilizing and strengthening the child care system in Virginia. Final recommendations will be released later this month. Task Force chairs are Deborah DiCroce, President & CEO, Hampton Roads Community Foundation; Jim Dyke, Senior Advisor-State Government Relations, McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC; and Stephen Moret, President & CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership. The panel discussion was moderated by Mike Petters, President & CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
- Blueprint Virginia 2025, coordinated by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, highlights the direct connection between a strong start in the early years and a vibrant, productive workforce for the Commonwealth. This comprehensive strategic plan provides business leadership, direction and long-range economic development planning for Virginia.
- The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and its network of regional partners are focused on ensuring that communities across Virginia have capacity to support the good health and school readiness of young children, including the child care needs of families.
About the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation: VECF creates results-oriented partnerships to ensure that young children are healthy and prepared for school, life and workforce success. To learn more about VECF and the Back to Work Virginia Task Force, visit www.vecf.org.
About the Virginia Chamber Foundation: The Virginia Chamber Foundation tracks Virginia’s economic competitiveness, conducts research and analysis, and hosts programs connected to the priorities of Blueprint Virginia 2025. In December 2017, the Chamber released an update to its long-term strategic economic development plan, Blueprint Virginia 2025, which engaged over 6,000 business and community leaders to lay out a plan to getting Virginia back to the top of national business climate rankings. In the fall of 2020, the Virginia Chamber will begin to cultivate policy recommendations and foster key discussions for the next update, Blueprint Virginia 2030. Learn more at www.vachamber.com/foundation.