January 23, 2015

Members’ Budget Amendments Related to Early Care & Education

Members’ Budget Amendments Related to Early Care and Education These amendments are introduced to adjust the Governor’s proposed budget. The House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees must decide whether or not to incorporate these amendments in the budget. Child Care … Continue reading

January 16, 2015

2015 Legislative Session: Foster Care, Adoption, Child Welfare

During this year’s legislative session, Voices is continuing our advocacy campaign to ensure that youth who “age out” of Virginia’s foster care system have adequate transition supports and services as they move into adulthood and self-sufficiency. We’ll be advocating for … Continue reading

January 16, 2015

2015 Session- Early Care and Education Bills

The legislature will consider many significant bills regarding our early care and education system. During this year’s “short session” many of these bills will move at a dizzying pace. We will attempt to keep this space updated so that you … Continue reading

January 06, 2015

FAMIS: A Success Story That’s in Jeopardy

***UPDATE*** 1/6/15    Sign on letter for organizations supporting extension of funding for FAMIS FAMIS, the public health insurance program for low-income families, along with Medicaid, has helped reduce the number of uninsured children in Virginia by 24% from 2008 to … Continue reading

December 22, 2014

Voices’ 2015 Legislative Agenda

Virginia’s General Assembly faces a daunting challenge when it convenes on January 14th for the 2015 session: the Commonwealth faces a $2.4 billion shortfall in this biennium. For the last several years, Voices has advocated that funding for programs and … Continue reading

December 18, 2014

Governor McAuliffe’s Budget Proposal- FY16

With a significant revenue shortfall we were anticipating a budget proposal from Governor McAuliffe that could have reduced access to children’s services. We were pleased that Governor’s budget announcement on Wednesday did not include any significant set-backs for kids. However … Continue reading

December 05, 2014

EC Policy Network Unified Agenda Roll Out- 12/19

Calling all stakeholders in early childhood and advocates for young children and their families…. You are invited to participate in the the roll out of the 2015 Early Childhood Policy Network Unified Agenda.   A network of more than 20 organizations … Continue reading

December 05, 2014

2015 EC Policy Network Unified Agenda- Building the Path to Virginia’s Prosperity

We would like to share the 2015 Early Childhood Policy Network Unified Agenda- Building the Path to Virginia’s Prosperity. (Download pdf of Agenda here-2015 Early Childhood Education Unified Agenda) This agenda represents a comprehensive vision for ensuring the school readiness … Continue reading

November 14, 2014

A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ABOUT CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

On December 4th, Voices for Virginia’s Children along with community partners in the greater Charlottesville area are working together to host an event, “A Community Conversation about Children’s Mental Health,” to raise awareness of the need for elected officials and residents in the … Continue reading

November 12, 2014

When Families Work, Everything Works Better- A Two-Generation Approach

A two-generation approach to address poverty, income and employment is called for in a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. The two-generation approach could benefit more than 200,000 young children in Virginia … Continue reading