March 24, 2015

School Readiness 4 NoVA- Opportunities for Action 2015

2015 brought a whirlwind of activity at the state level for child care safety, the Virginia Preschool Initiative and other issues on our unified agenda. Work is underway in Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria and we are working with our School Readiness for NoVa … Continue reading

March 18, 2015

Voices is hiring!

We are hiring a full-time Office Administrator! Please see the information below for details. No phone calls, please. All resumes and cover letters should go to michael@vakids.org. Office Administrator Description: The role of the Office Administrator is to support the … Continue reading

March 03, 2015

Changes to the the VA Preschool Initiative- 2015 Adopted Budget

Virginia’s state-funded preschool program for at-risk four year-olds has steadily grown in popularity with parents and school division administrators enrolling over 18,000 students this past fall. Yet this GA Session that popularity was not enough to counteract some significant policy … Continue reading

March 02, 2015

Child Care Safety- Final Legislative Action

The final action on child care safety legislation occurred during the final hours of the 2015 General Assembly Session. We hoped that final result would be clear victory– from this point forward kids will be safer in child care. With … Continue reading

February 11, 2015

Children’s Mental Health, House and Senate Budget Items

This past Sunday, February 8th, the House and Senate money committees released their budgets. The great news is that both the House and Senate prioritized funding for children’s mental health services– a positive step in strengthening our mental health system … Continue reading

February 10, 2015

A Comparison of House and Senate Action on Child Care Safety

Both the House and Senate have acted on child care safety legislation and passed versions of their version of the bills on to the other body. We can celebrate that child care in Virginia will be safer going forward! However, … Continue reading

February 10, 2015

A Roller-coaster Ride Through the VPI Budget Amendments

Hold on to your seat because I’m about to take you on a wild ride through the proposed budget amendments related to the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). As VPI is a budget issue, policy changes for the program surface through … Continue reading

February 10, 2015

Update on Foster Care, Senate/House Budget Results

This year we find ourselves in a remarkably similar position to where we were last year, with regard to our advocacy around extending foster care supports and adoption assistance for older youth to age 21 (a state option under the … Continue reading

February 02, 2015

Close the child care safety loophole

Excuse me while I veer into “mom blog” territory but this topic is one where my personal life and professional life intersect. This past August I had my first child (Andy pictured above). Well before Andy arrived I was concerned … Continue reading

January 27, 2015

Take Action on Children’s Mental Health Budget Amendments!

Please TAKE ACTION HERE! Email your legislators to let them know this funding is important to you. In the 2015 General Assembly session, the Campaign for Children’s Mental Health (led by Voices for Virginia’s Children) is once again at the … Continue reading