Director, Davenport Institute for Early Childhood Learning
Virginia Community College System
February 13, 2018
VA Community College Sys
With the statewide goal of having a high quality child development center accessible for all Virginians, the Ben and Betty Davenport Institute for Early Childhood Development ("Institute") was established to support Virginia's ambitious goal. The Institute is an arm of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education which will leverage current and future community college credit and workforce programs to advance quality at all centers in Virginia. To initiate efforts of the Institute, four community colleges (Danville, New River, Patrick Henry and Virginia Western) will work with local and state leaders to ensure all programs align to national standards and workforce needs. The Director will oversee the work of the four colleges initially and then will scale promising practices to the rest of the community colleges around the state. Responsibilities include: â¢ Conduct a needs assessment and create a strategic plan for child development workforce needs in Southern and Southwest Virginia â¢ Lead faculty across four community colleges in curriculum and program design to meet national and industry standards and develop and implement a plan for scaling promising practices to all community college programs across the state â¢ Engage experts and stakeholder groups to collaboratively design and promote a culture of excellence in early childhood development for the regions, including Smart Beginnings, Virginia Quality, potential funders, government officials, VDSS and VDOE, universities, public schools and local departments of social services, home-based child care providers and early childhood employers (including licensed and religious-exempted child development centers) â¢ Collaborate with research team on building career pathways for individuals through certifications, degrees and transfer â¢ Build a network of colleges and employers to provide internships, apprenticeships and work-based learning experiences â¢ Develop and implement Davenport Fellows Program to foster early childhood leadership in the regions â¢ Promote a culture of continuous quality improvement by using and sharing data with all stakeholder groups
Internal Number: 99817
About Virginia Community College System
Virginia's community colleges have a 40-year track record of educational excellence and innovation to serve the needs of our citizens and strengthen the Commonwealth?s economy. When Virginia?s General Assembly established the Virginia Community College System in 1966, the need for a comprehensive system was well known. Over the two decades after the end of World War II, leaders in government, business, professional sectors, and academia had called for a new approach to providing educational opportunity. A key concern was Virginia's ability to develop a skilled and knowledgeable workforce to expand the state's economy. Today our community colleges give every Virginian the opportunity to gain a quality education. With 23 colleges on 40 campuses located throughout the state, Virginia's Community Colleges are committed to serving Virginia families, helping them acquire the knowledge and skills to seize the opportunities of today and tomorrow.