School Readiness Committee

Interested in serving on the School Readiness Committee?
The Secretary is currently considering applications for appointments to the Committee. If you are interested in serving, please submit an application online by May 3, 2018. Please note, Committee members serve staggered terms, only some of the committee slots are opening up for consideration this spring.

In July 2017, the School Readiness Committee adopted an inaugural set of recommendations. The Committee’s 2017 report summarizes their work over the last year and details the recommendations approved by the Committee.

SRC 2017 Report

History of the Committee

The School Readiness Committee was created by the 2016 General Assembly via HB 46. In recognition of the fact that one of the most important factors in learning outcomes for young children is the capabilities of the adults who support their growth and learning, the first goal of the Committee is to address the development and alignment of an effective professional development and credentialing system for the early childhood education workforce in the Commonwealth.

Additionally, the Committee will periodically review the goals and other priorities within the early childhood care and education systems and make recommendations to various policymakers.  

Committee Members

School Readiness Committee Members:

  • Maritsa Alger, Principal, Norfolk Public Schools
  • Suja Amir, Healthcare Policy Consultant and Henrico Parent Representative
  • Laurel Aparicio, Director, Early Impact Virginia
  • Maryam Ben-Omran, Principal, Washington International Academy
  • Nora Bryant, Early Childhood Special Educator; Adjunct Faculty, University of Richmond; Owner, Little Nomad
  • Dr. Irene Carney, Executive Director, Sabot at Stony Point
  • Dr. Christopher Chin, Director of Community Partnerships, Robins Foundation
  • Dr. Walter Clemons, Superintendent, Gloucester County Public Schools
  • Lisa Specter Dunnaway, President and CEO, Families Forward Virginia
  • Navine Fortune, Assistant Program Director and Instructor, Norfolk State University
  • Shikee Franklin, Director, Head Start at Hampton Roads Community Action Program; President, Virginia Head Start Association
  • Kathy Glazer, President, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation
  • Dr. Bonnie Graham, Professor and Program Head, Human Services and Early Childhood, New River Community College
  • Phillip Hawkins, Jr., Teacher, Norfolk Public Schools
  • Lisa Howard, President and CEO, Elevate Early Education
  • Kim Hulcher, Executive Director, Virginia Childcare Association
  • Gail Johnson, President and CEO, Rainbow Station
  • Aleta Lawson, Director, Head Start Collaboration Office, Virginia Department of Social Services
  • Henry Light, Member, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
  • Dr. Hughes Melton, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
  • Dr. Sara Miller, Assistant Professor, Longwood University
  • Hunter Moore, Owner and Birth Doula, The Mindful Birth, LLC
  • Dr. Christine Schull, Professor, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Cecilia Suarez, Director and Owner, Creative Learning School
  • Gary Thomson, Regional Managing Partner, Mid-Atlantic, Dixon Hughes Goodman
  • Barry Weinstein, Retired Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Maria Williams, Bright Stars Family Coordinator, Albemarle County Department of Social Services
  • Saadia Yasmin, Owner, Saadia’s Juicebox and Yoga Bar

Members of House of Delegates:

  • Delegate John Bell
  • Delegate Roxann Robinson

Members of Senate:

  • Senator Siobhan Dunnavant
  • Senator Adam Ebbin
  • Senator David Sutterlein

Ex Officio Members:

  • Dr. James Lane, Virginia Interim 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

Upcoming Meetings 

SRC Governance Meetings
All Governance meeting materials can be found online in the Dropbox via the link below:
SRC Governance Meeting Materials

  • Friday, June 1, 9-12 Noon, VECF Office

Compensation and Finance Subcommittee Meetings
All Compensation and Finance meeting materials can be found online in the Dropbox  via the link below:
Compensation and Finance Meeting Materials

  • Friday, June 1, 1-4pm, VECF Office

Subcommittee meetings are held at the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation’s Office. Please contact Rose Minor, 804-786-1151, for details.  

Past Meetings

All meeting materials can be found online in the SRC Dropbox via the link below: 
Meeting Materials

Full Committee Meetings

  • June 18, 11–3 pm: West Reading Room,  Patrick Henry Building, 1111 E. Broad St, Richmond VA 23219 (Agenda)
  • March 22, 1-4 pm: James Monroe Building, Conference Room B, Richmond VA (Agenda)
  • May 15, 9 -12: West Reading Room, Patrick Henry Building, 1111 E. Broad St, Richmond VA 23219 (Agenda)

SRC Governance Meetings

  • Monday, February 5, 1-4 pm (Agenda)
  • Friday, March 2, 1-4 pm (Agenda  )
  • Wed., April 12, 1-4 pm (Agenda )

Compensation and Finance Subcommittee Meetings

  • April 5 from 1-4 pm (Agenda)
  • February 23 from 1-4 pm (Agenda)

Standards Subcommittee Meetings (materials in the Dropbox online via the link below) 
Standards Subcommittee Meeting Materials

  • February 27 from 10-12 am


Committee Resources Dropbox (Note: this link takes you to an outside website)