Annual Meeting 2016

Early Learning in the Global Economy


Child Care Council of Nassau held its Annual Meeting at the Hofstra University Club on September 28th, 2016.  The focus of the meeting addressed the issue of Early Learning in the Global Economy presented by key-note speaker Bill Millett.  Mr. Millett made a very compelling case for investments in high quality child care.*  We encourage you to read his attached synopsis in full.


In addition to Millett’s presentation, Elissa Giffords was presented with the Margo O’Connor Advocate of the Year Award for her outstanding work in hands-on social service and widespread child care advocacy.  At the conclusion of the event, Council’s newest Board members were officially inducted onto the Child Care Council of Nassau 2016-2017 Board of Directors.  With their expertise and varied skills, Council is proud to welcome them to the organization. 


The event was very well attended by Council Board of Directors, stakeholders from local organizations, child care professionals, and Nassau County public officials.  Jan Barbieri, Executive Director of Council, received positive feedback from several attendees such as Sandra Mahoney, Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Long Island. The 2016 Annual Meeting was an informative, interesting, and enjoyable event for all who came.   


*Please click here to access Mr. Millett’s handout. 


  • Only 1 out of 5 HR professionals say all of their employees have the
    competencies they need. 54% say some of their workers have the competencies
    they need. 8% say almost none of their workers have the right competencies. 
  • Three-quarters of surveyed employers said that incoming high school graduates
    were deficient in “applied skills” skills like decision-making, teamwork and
    leadership, communication, and working with diverse groups. 
  • In 2011, 64% of New York 4th graders were below proficient in math, 65% of New
    York 4th graders were below proficient in reading, 63% of 4th graders were below
    proficient in writing.
  • In 2011, 89,000 teens ages 16 to 19 were not in school and not working, 51,000 of
    them were not high school graduates.
  • In 2009, U.S. 15-year-olds ranked 25th among 34 developed countries in math and 17th in science. 


Featuring a Keynote Address from Bill Millett

Bill Millett established Charlotte, NC-based Scope View Strategic
Advantage in 1995 to deliver substantial and sustainable value to
private, nonprofit and public firms through support in a broad range of
economic, organizational and business development areas. While
most of Millett’s career has been working with corporations in highly
complex and confidential areas, he has a particular interest in early
education issues from both a professional and personal perspective.


He has worked on strategic and advocacy initiatives on this subject with state and local
organizations in South and North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, New York, Tennessee,
Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma,
Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, as well as with several national
organizations. There is a growing recognition by his corporate clients that quality early
education is very much a Human Resource issue relating to the companies’ abilities to
find the talent necessary for long-term economic sustainability and competitiveness. He
holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science and economics from the University of
South Carolina.


Presenting the Margo O’Connor Advocate of the Year


Elissa D. Giffords, DSW, LCSW is a professor in the Social Work
Department at LIU Post. She possesses a blend of hands-on social
service work, advocacy, and research experience that she
enthusiastically brings into the classroom. She entered the field as a
counselor for runaway youth, and later worked as a Child Protective
Services Caseworker for Nassau County. She went on to receive an
MSW with dual concentrations in group work and community organization and a
doctorate in social welfare with a focus on policy, planning, and administration.


Early in her professional career, Dr. Giffords assisted eligible individuals to obtain health and
human services through direct work with clients at the Interfaith Nutrition Network,
Health and Welfare Council, Family and Children's Association and through her work
on various coalitions. Dr. Giffords currently serves on several community boards and
committees including the Nassau County Executive’s Task Force on Family Violence.
She is also extremely engaged in collaborative advocacy efforts that focus on
enhancing social service benefits and service delivery at Nassau County Department of
Social Services (NCDSS) in her role of Executive Committee Chair of the Advisory
Council. Dr. Giffords teaching and research interests include children and family
welfare, chronic illness, social and health policy; poverty, organizational theory and
administrative behavior. She is also interested in interdisciplinary and interorganizational
collaboration, and community practice. Lyceum Books recently published
her co-edited book, New Perspectives on Poverty: Policies, Programs.