July 11, 2014


Have you ever wanted a snapshot of how kids are doing in your region of Virginia? We have just released our new regional child well-being infographics to make it easy for you to see, at a glance, how children are … Continue reading

June 26, 2014

Budget Finalized: Increased Funding for Children’s Mental Health Services

Good news for children’s mental health in the final budget! This week, the FY15-16 budget bill was passed by the House, Senate, and signed by the Governor. Despite the overwhelming focus this session on reforming the adult mental health system, … Continue reading

June 25, 2014

Your Help is Needed to Maximize Virginia Preschool Initiative Funds

With the FY15-16 budget just finalized and passed by the House, Senate and signed by the Governor with a few days to spare, our localities and school divisions can begin making any adjustments to their plans for the coming year. … Continue reading

June 25, 2014

Success! Va. will extend foster care supports to age 21

Although the 2014 legislative session became notorious mostly for larger budget woes and the struggle to close the coverage gap for the 400,000 Virginians who currently lack health care coverage, the final budget bill did provide some small but mighty … Continue reading

April 15, 2014

#SchoolReadiness4NOVA- Parents, providers and stakeholders support increased early learning investments in Fairfax

Local budget decisions can have a tremendous impact on Virginia’s children in addition to our work on the state budget at the General Assembly. This is especially true in Fairfax this year where the delay on the state budget has … Continue reading

April 03, 2014

Voices testifies before VA Senate Finance on health care coverage gap

On Tuesday, April 1st, the Virginia Senate Finance Committee held a meeting to hear testimony on closing the health care coverage gap for the more than 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians. Secretary of Finance Ric Brown gave an overview of Governor … Continue reading

March 19, 2014

Northern Virginia- Opportunities for Action on Early Childhood- UPDATED

Calling all early childhood providers, supporters and parents in Northern Virginia! We encourage you to join in on our local advocacy activities focused on Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax. Virginia’s city and county governments are taking action to balance local budgets … Continue reading

March 13, 2014

Update: Child Welfare Policy Agenda–Current status of legislation

We’ve talked at length about our agenda with regard to expanding foster care services and adoption assistance for older youth in care up to age 21. That effort is, so far, moving smoothly through the legislative process, though we won’t … Continue reading

February 06, 2014

Virginia Preschool Initiative- FY15-16 Allocation Formula Change that Eliminates Filled Slots

Current VPI classrooms would be eliminated in the FY15-16 budget after lifting a hold harmless provision. We would lose ground if we eliminated used VPI slots. We ask that the budget be amended to extend the hold harmless for one … Continue reading

January 31, 2014

Medicaid Eligibility for “Aging Out” Youth

Currently in Virginia, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), children who “age out” of the Commonwealth’s foster care system at age 18 are eligible for Medicaid until age 26 based on their status as former foster youth, mirroring the “parental/private … Continue reading