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Recap: Gubernatorial Candidate Forum 9/8/17

During the busy Labor Day week of campaign events, gubernatorial candidates Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam took time to talk about critical issues facing Virginia’s families. Close to 200 voters…

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Ask the Candidates for Governor Challenge: A Crowdsourced Contest (Updated 8/29)

With the Presidential election in our rear view mirrors, Virginia politics has begun to heat up. In November, Virginia will elect a new Governor.  Youth want to know where candidates stand on issues that impact…

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Medicaid is an important lifeline for kids and families in rural Virginia

Medicaid provides an important lifeline in Virginia, especially for children and families in our small towns and rural communities. It helps deliver critical access to health coverage, while protecting families…

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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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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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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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2017 Legislative Session Wrap Up: Advocating for Kids in Foster Care

Updated: February 27, 2017 In 2016, Voices successfully advocated for the inclusion of Fostering Futures in the budget. Fostering Futures supports youth who age out of Foster Care to age…

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2017 Legislative Session Wrap-Up: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline

Updated February 27, 2017 Virginia is the worst in the nation for referring students to law enforcement. During the 2014-15 school year, Virginia public schools issued over 126,000 out-of-school suspensions…

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Health and Mental Health in the 2017 Conference Report

Wednesday night, Senate and House budget negotiators released their conference budget report for floor consideration by the General Assembly Friday evening.  As previously noted, no specific line item focused on children’s health…

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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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