Join the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Friday, November 20th, for a conversation on returning to work, and the ties to virtual learning, early childhood education, and childcare.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Childcare challenges, already persistent and complex, have been further complicated by the COVID-19 public health crisis. Parents are trying to balance childcare and work, childcare providers are trying to stay open or re-open with decreased capacity and increased operational costs, and employers are trying to determine how and when their working parents can return to work. By understanding the diverse perspectives of those impacted, we can begin to identify solutions to recover together.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Julia Barfield, MSW, MPH Senior Manager, Policy & Programs
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Julia Barfield is the senior manager of policy and programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Julia leads the Foundation's early childhood education (ECE) portfolio, educating and mobilizing the businesses community to invest in young children and their families.
Prior to joining the Chamber Foundation, Julia was the federal government relations manager for Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), where she advocated for bipartisan federal legislation to invest in ECE programs. During her time with SCAN, Julia was also a member of the Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Florence response teams, helping families with young children and childcare providers recover from disaster. Prior to SCAN, she worked in several direct service programs, including Head Start/Early Head Start and at a youth crisis shelter.
Julia received her B.A. from Westmont College in Anthropology and Hispanic Studies and has dual master’s in Social Work and Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Washington, D.C.