On August 11, Governor McAuliffe signed Executive Order 22, establishing the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success. The Council will work to ensure that basic health, education, and childcare needs are being met for our youngest Virginians, ages 0-8. Today, the Governor announced members of the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success. Members of the Council will include:
The Governor has also appointed key agency staff to the Council to bring relevant expertise and ensure collaboration across agencies. A full roster of the Council can be found online here.
In addition to these members, the Council will rely on support from a variety of stakeholders who are committed to ensuring that all Virginians start off with the best possible chance to thrive, succeed in school, and become contributing adult members of their communities. A list of these organizations can be found online here.
“The Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success and its members are charged with ensuring that every child born in Virginia has the resources he or she needs to succeed in school and thrive in a new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I am thrilled with the overwhelming response we have received since announcing the creation of this Council and am pleased that so many stakeholders will be engaged in this important work.”
“As Chair of the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success, I thank the Governor for appointing such an esteemed group of members,” said Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam. “I look forward to working with them to develop strategies for improving the funding for, access to, and quality of childcare and early education programs in Virginia; ensuring all students enter kindergarten ready to thrive and succeed academically; and closing the achievement gap that exists for far too many kids in elementary school.”
Regarding the enthusiastic response to the creation of the council, Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel commented, “Issues facing our families with young children are very complex. Having great representation on the council and input from stakeholder groups will ensure we approach those issues in a holistic and collaborative manner.”
“We are firmly dedicated to improving the lives of our youngest Virginians, and the council’s diverse and experienced membership reflects that,” said Secretary of Education Anne Holton. “With the creation of both the CCCS and the Children’s Cabinet by Executive Order, we are making it abundantly clear to the next generation that we are committed to improving and expanding educational opportunities all across the Commonwealth.”
The first meeting of the Council will take place at 1:00pm on Monday, October 6th. Meetings of the Council are open to the public and additional information can be found online here.