RICHMOND—Today the Northam Administration announced the addition of 13 new members to Virginia’s School Readiness Committee.
Originally established by House Bill 46 and signed into law by Governor McAuliffe in 2016, the committee’s purpose is to enhance and align early childhood education professional development and credentialing to support the needs of children in the Commonwealth. New committee members were selected by Secretary of Education Atif Qarni.
The School Readiness Committee will continue to track and promote the alignment of existing professional development funding streams and the development of innovative approaches to increase accessibility, availability, affordability, and accountability of the Commonwealth’s workforce development system for early childhood education teachers and providers.
“I am delighted that such a strong cohort of new members will be joining the School Readiness Committee and look forward to the work we will be doing together,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni.
In addition to examining the funding landscape for early childhood care and learning, the School Readiness Committee will provide an important forum for the discussion and vetting of challenges and reforms related to school readiness in Virginia. The committee also will offer recommendations on how Virginia can unify and strengthen its early childhood care and education system to improve outcomes for children and families and serve as a national model.
“We are grateful to the School Readiness Committee for addressing the needs of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens,” said First Lady Pamela Northam. “We are excited to welcome new members and we thank all who have dedicated their time and energy to giving students the tools they need to succeed.”
“The School Readiness Committee includes those closest to Virginia early childhood educators, families and children,” said Chief School Readiness Officer Jenna Conway. “I look forward to learning from the committee and hearing their invaluable insights as we work together to strengthen our early childhood system.”
The School Readiness Committee will hold its first meeting of the Northam administration on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia.
New Members of the Committee:
Reappointed and Continuing Term Members of the Committee:
The committee includes representatives from the General Assembly. Members of the House of Delegates are appointed by the Speaker of the House and members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate.
Members of the Virginia House of Delegates:
Members of the Senate of Virginia:
Dr. James Lane, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Duke Storen, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Social Services; Atif Qarni, Secretary of Education; Dr. Daniel Carey, Secretary of Health and Human Resources serve on the committee as ex officio members.
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