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

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 over the next few weeks and months. Stay tuned to this space … 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

January 24, 2014

Children’s Mental Health Budget Priority for General Assembly 2014

  The Campaign’s two big priorities this session are crisis services and transition services.  We want to build on the last two year’s progress and augment existing funding so that more children can be reached with a more comprehensive array of crisis and … Continue reading

January 21, 2014

Mental health advocacy day was a huge success!

We had a great day in Richmond advocating for improvements to Virginia’s mental health system. Thanks to all who came to Richmond and made the day a success! The Campaign for Children’s Mental Health, Voices for Virginia’s Children and NAMI … Continue reading

January 20, 2014

Early Care & Education Budget Amendment Requests

Voices and Unified Agenda Priorities Our top budget priorities for both Voices for Virginia’s Children and the Early Childhood Policy Network are restoring funding to home visiting services that have experienced cuts in recent years and ensuring that all infants … Continue reading

January 17, 2014

Our Child Welfare Legislative Agenda: Older Youth & Kinship Care

For the past few years in our child welfare work, we’ve been focused on a longer-term plan to bring “better best practices” to two policy areas: issues faced by older youth in foster care and the use of kinship care … Continue reading