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Partners & Advisors

Many organizations and individuals have collaborated to bring child care shared services to Hampton Roads

HRSSA Partners

Thanks to multiple organizations coming together, HRSSA was born. Here's the role they played:

  1. HRSSA, our partners, sponsors, and grantors supplied the initial start-up funding to establish HRSSA. 

  2. In 2019, HRSSA received a systems building grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation to pilot and develop a shared services alliance in Hampton Roads, Virginia.         

  3. Seed funding to establish HRSSA was supplied by Chesapeake R U Ready, Suffolk ECDC, Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula, and Virginia Beach GrowSmart.

  4. These organizations met regularly to develop and pilot the program, and Minus 9 to 5 took the lead to convene. 

  5. Opportunities Exchange provided guidance and consulting services to establish a shared services alliance.



HRSSA Advisory Team

Our Advisory Team provides guidance, advocacy, and funding resources:


  • Childcare Aware of Virginia:  Julie Greene

  • Chesapeake R U Ready: Kathryn Jessee & Emily Edmonds 

  • Early Education Business Consultants, LLC: Lauren Small & Virginia Marsh 

  • GrowSmart: Barb Lito

  • Minus 9 to 5: Jane Glasgow & Beth Parker

  • Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula: Diane Umstead & Julie Duregger

  • Suffolk Early Childhood Commission: Shawna E. LoMonaco

Thank you to these supporting organizations

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