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Publications

General Publications

Advocacy Guide (2014) This comprehensive guide describes advocacy and the Virginia legislative process and gives specific instructions on how to communicate with elected officials.

Annual Reports

Newsletters

Early Care and Education

Public/Private Partnerships Preschool Profiles (2015): Profiles of two Northern Virginia communities that have established partnerships between public school systems, local human services agencies, and private early care providers to expand access to the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

Preschool in Fairfax: Start with the Children: Go Where They Are

Preschool in Alexandria: A Committed Relationship Takes Work

Early Childhood Education is My Priority Election Tool Kit (2015): A handout with quick facts and useful questions to use with candidates running for office.

Federal Support for Early Learning in Virginia (2015): A handout explaining federal grants in Virginia for hill visits with Congressional representatives.

Research Synthesis and Briefing on Early Childhood Education in Virginia (2013): Slides and notes from a series of briefings on the reach of early childhood education programs.

Home Visiting Fact Sheets (2013): A series of fact sheets around Virginia’s approaches to family support through home visiting. What is “Home Visiting”?Home Visiting Service Snapshot; Impact of Home Visiting; What is MIECHV? Federal Funding for Home Visiting

Building Our Future: The State of Virginia’s Early Childhood System (2011): A policy brief explaining the challenges and opportunities to help prepare young children succeed in school. Executive Summary

Foster Care

Making Improvements to the “Former Foster Youth” Medicaid-To-Age-26 Eligibility Category (2015): Recommendations for reforming Virginia’s implementation of the ACA provision to extend Medicaid eligibility to youth aging out of foster care.

A Portrait of Virginia’s Child Welfare System (2011): The report highlights Virginia data on child maltreatment and foster care, including data on children in care with disabilities, as well as racial disparities in Virginia’s foster care system.

In 2008 and 2009, Voices, the Virginia Poverty Law Center, FACES of Virginia Families, and ART 180 hosted VOICES for Change, an art initiative to amplify the voices of youth in foster care.

Mental Health

Intensive In-Home Services for Children’s Mental Health in Virginia: Time to Focus on Quality (2012) (Full Paper, PDF) (Executive Summary, PDF)

Mental Health in Virginia: Deficiencies and Unknown Outcomes (2011): This report examines how children who face serious mental and emotional problems fare in Virginia.

Virginians Speak Out (2010): The purpose of this report is to summarize citizen opinion on the current state of children’s mental health services in Virginia.

Health

Closing the Health Care Coverage Gap for Parents in Virginia (2015)

Children’s Health Insurance Program in Virginia (2014)

2009 SCHIP Reauthorization (2008)

KIDS COUNT

Status Report – Child Well-Being in VA (2013): This policy brief provides an update on progress and unfinished business in promoting the well-being of Virginia’s children. It addresses the question: How are Virginia’s Children?

A Guide to Understanding and Using Data for Effective Advocacy (2011): A resource guide for child advocates to promote data-driven public policies and programs. This Guide offers a user-friendly introduction to statistical concepts.

Kids Count Data Books and Profiles

2015: Data Book (PDF); Virginia Profile (PDF)

2014: Data Book (PDF); Virginia Profile (PDF)

2013: Data Book (PDF); Virginia Profile (PDF)

2012: Data Book (PDF); Virginia Profile (PDF)

2011: Data Book (PDF); Virginia Profile (PDF)