Washington, DC—On February 5, 2016, the Innovation to Incubation (i2I) program of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) hosted the first meeting for its Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: Implementation Planning project. This Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, released in 2015, provided a blueprint for action for the early care and education workforce directed to stakeholders at local, state, and national levels. Five state teams convened at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, DC to discuss the report’s recommendations and begin developing tailored implementation plans that are actionable and implementable.
The five state teams include California, Illinois, Virginia, Washington, and a regional team consisting of representatives from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. These teams will meet over the next six months to discuss the recommendations from the IOM Report, develop implementation plans that are tailored to their individual state’s needs, and create a plan to engage their state’s stakeholders.
In opening remarks of the February 5 meeting, NAM President Victor J. Dzau noted that the i2I program cultivates individualized facilitation for stakeholders to come together, evolve ideas, and foster networks and collaboration in order to increase the Academies’ impact on health and health care.
Sponsors of this project include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Washington Area Women’s Foundation’s Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.