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Blog Category: Early Care and Education

What could a state-level effort addressing childhood trauma look like in Virginia?

Local and regional Trauma Informed Community Networks (TICNs) across Virginia are bringing partners together from local government, schools, and services providers to transform their approaches to working with children who…

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Good news for early childhood investments in Alexandria!

We learned in February that the FY18 budget proposals for Alexandria included modest but important investments for the Virginia Preschool Initiative in the schools budget and for the Early Childhood…

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Ensure that all young children can learn, grow, and thrive in safe child care– Support the Governor’s Amendments to SB1239

If you recall from my last post, there was still some uncertainty about the meaning and interpretation of Sen. Hanger’s SB1239, improving safety in license-exempt child care. Because of this uncertainty,…

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Race, Place, and Poverty Presentation for Greater Richmond

Last month, Beth, our KIDS COUNT Director, presented to the United Methodist’s Richmond Region Women’s Group about race, place, and poverty in Greater Richmond. The presentation highlighted different indicators, broken…

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Eyes on Alexandria: Time for Action!

On February 21, 2017, Alexandria’s City Manager proposed a budget for FY18. It includes a proposed increase for the local real estate tax rate, to increase revenue to meet increasing…

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Eyes Are on the Localities for Action for Children and Families: Fairfax County

By Mary Beth Salomone Testa, Voices’ Northern Virginia Consultant  After the dust has settled on the state budget, we turn our attention to local investments in school readiness. Here we…

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2017 Legislative Session Wrap-Up: Child Care Safety Still Unclear

Building off efforts from previous years to improve child care safety and protect all children in care the Virginia legislature considered two measures in 2017 to improve child care safety….

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Continue to Improve the Safety of Child Care- Update 2.17.17

All children deserve safe child care. As we have done for the last two years, Voices will continue to support initiatives to improve the safety of child care. Many parents…

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The Need to Read: What 3rd Grade SOL Test Scores Say About Virginia’s Children

By: Carly Green, University of Richmond Intern Throughout Virginia, school looks different in every district. From school lunch programs to advanced course availability, educational resources can vary widely. Over time,…

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No Cuts for Kids in the FY18 Budget

After learning of the budget shortfall, and discussion of some significant cuts, at the money committee retreats in the fall, we were pleased to see the House and Senate budget…

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