May 18, 2015

Call for Nominations: 2015 “Making Kids Count” Awards

The Carol S. Fox Making Kids Count Award Voices for Virginia’s Children established the Carol S. Fox Making Kids Count Award in 2012, to be presented annually to an individual and an organization in recognition of exceptional efforts to better the lives of Virginia’s … Continue reading

May 07, 2015

Youth who “age out” of foster care can access Medicaid up to age 26

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), young people who turn age 18 while still in foster care (“age out” of care), no matter which state they were in care, have access to free health care coverage through Medicaid. The ACA … Continue reading

May 05, 2015

School Readiness 4 NOVA- 2015 Local Budget Action

We are fortunate to have many friends, leaders and policy makers in Northern Virginia who recognize the importance of investments in school readiness. This year, Voices helped to mobilize supporters during the local budget process with exciting results in Fairfax … Continue reading

April 28, 2015

Donate to Honor Your Mom!

Mothers have a difficult job! At Voices for Virginia’s Children, we want to celebrate the love, commitment and hard work of all moms this Mother’s Day. We’d like to help you honor the mothers or mother figures in your life … Continue reading

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 Action

Updated 5/1/15 There have been a few more turns to the child care safety legislation after the conclusion of the GA session. After the legislature passed the omnibus bill, the Governor proposed an amendment to extend the method of fingerprint … 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