Summit 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

9:00am – 2:00pm

George Mason Science & Technology Campus

Senator Charles J. Colgan Hall, 10900 University Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110

The Northern Region’s Annual VCPD Summit, featured keynote speaker Dr. R. Christopher Swanson, Associate Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Swanson provided insight related to early childhood advocacy in challenging and uncertain political climates as he shares the keynote, “The State of Early Childhood Now.” In addition, we had the opportunity to hear pertinent updates from regional leaders regarding state and national early childhood initiatives.


Infant Mental HealthBonnie Grifa, Early Childhood Mental Health State Coordinator, VCU:  Partnership for People with Disabilities

School Readiness and Workforce Development, Betsi Closter,  School Readiness Coordinator, Fairfax County Office for Children; Dr. Christine Schull, Professor/Assistant Dean, Early Childhood Education, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria; Anne-Marie Twohie, Director, Fairfax County Office for Children

Mary Beth Testa – Voices for Children

Keynote Speaker:  Dr Chris Swanson, Ed. D.

OG Playing Together:  Forward Thinking Approaches to Promoting Sustainable and Impactful Early Learning