During the second meeting, Commission members heard presentations from policy expert and Chicago-based partner at Foresight Law + Policy Elliot Regenstein on the association among workforce, quality, and cost in early education. Next, child care financing expert and founder of Prenatal to Five Fiscal Strategies Simon Workman spoke on the cost of quality methodology. Members later heard from University of Virginia professor and Director for the Study of Early Education through Partnerships (SEE-Partnerships) Dr. Daphna Bassok on the strengths and challenges of the early childhood workforce. Following the presentations, members participated in small group discussions on values and priorities for early education quality and workforce that will inform the upcoming Commission report.
The Commission's next meeting is scheduled for September 28, with the first annual report outlining Commission recommendations due to the Governor and the General Assembly by October 1. More information on the Commission's membership, meeting schedule, and history can be viewed through the Secretary of Education's website here and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) website here.