When early childhood businesses share, everyone wins.
Early childhood education businesses help parents thrive at work,
children thrive in school, and the economy thrive for an entire community.
But who helps these businesses thrive? That's where HRSSA comes in.
What's the problem?
Early education directors are often juggling classroom duties (which they love) and the administrative tasks required for a sustainable business. Most have strong teaching backgrounds but little training—or interest—in finance, human resources and other subjects critical to their business's viability. If their business fails, the entire community is impacted through greater deficits in available, quality child care.
What's the solution?
Hampton Roads Shared Services Alliance is the solution! As a community program of the Hampton Roads Chamber Foundation—a 501(c)3 nonprofit—HRSSA addresses the barriers early childhood education centers and home-based daycares face in improving their quality. HRSSA (pronounced "harissa") uses a collaborative approach to reducing administrative and program costs that can be reallocated toward enhancing quality experiences for children.
What makes our approach successful?
This centralized services approach promotes program effectiveness and efficiency and recognizes child care as a thriving business and profession that's vital to a healthy local economy.
How we're transforming the child care community
HRSSA introduces early education programs to a business model that pools resources and provides economies of scale.
Businesses save money while simultaneously implementing more efficient and effective administrative systems.
Program leaders are freed up to invest more time and resources into program quality and teacher training/retention.
Participating programs continuously improve their quality and sustainability
The community's child care opportunities stabilize and expand, benefiting children and their families
How did HRSSA get started?
In 2012, Hampton Roads early education stakeholders began exploring how to develop best practices for the region’s 1,000+ child care providers. We learned that these businesses faced barriers not experienced by other traditional small businesses. In response, a collaboration of partners began to develop a well-vetted solution.
How are we structured today?
As of January 1, 2022, HRSSA is a nonprofit program of the Hampton Roads Chamber Foundation as a 501©3, helping to provide sustainability for the child care industry, which is critical to supporting our Hampton Roads workforce. The program continues to be managed by Early Education Business Consultants, headquartered in Virginia Beach and long-established in managing the day-to-day back-office administration and other services for child care centers and home-based programs.
Who are the stakeholders in HRSSA?
Child Care Providers
Child care programs must have adequate financial resources in order to provide services that promote each child’s development and ability. With shared services, they not only save thousands of dollars in the operation of their businesses but have access to resources and expertise on a daily basis to make informed financial decisions.
Children and Their Families
We believe every child in Hampton Roads should get support for their well-being, growth, and preparedness for success in school. This goal requires a quality educational foundation during those critical first five years of life. All HRSSA Members have met strenuous criteria to become part of our family. They are prepared to serve children and their families with quality education, safety and compliance protocols, high standards in staffing, and excellent communications and customer service.
We believe the region’s businesses benefit from high-quality early education for their employees and that each child should be prepared for starting school, continuing to succeed throughout their educational pathway, and eventually supporting our economy and workforce. By sharing resources, knowledge, and expertise, child care programs can build capacity in their caregiving, improve outcomes for young children and families, and benefit the community at large.
The big picture
HRSSA's mission is to provide cooperative resources that strengthen the business model and enhance the overall quality of early care education programs in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Child care programs must have adequate financial resources in order to provide services that promote each child’s development and ability to be successful in school and in life.
Child care is an essential contributor to our local economy.
Enhancing the business of child care benefits our community.
Being part of a supportive alliance enhances the economic success of all participants.
Our vision for HRSSA's early childhood education community:
Sustainable business model with adequate funding and resources
Livable wages for ECE staff
Benefits: medical and retirement
No child expulsions
Children ready to learn