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.

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