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

November 06, 2014

FAMIS: A Success Story That’s in Jeopardy

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 2013. Comprehensive, child-centered benefits and affordable cost-sharing with families make FAMIS an effective … Continue reading

November 05, 2014

NoVA legislators and advocates discuss early childhood policy improvements at 10/29 roundtable discussion

Northern Virginia early childhood advocates, local leaders and state legislators recently spent a morning discussing the most important policy changes to improve school readiness in Virginia. Voices pulled together more than 40 stakeholders from our Northern Virginia ECE network, local … Continue reading

September 24, 2014

Why Medicaid Expansion Matters for Kids

As a member of the Healthcare for All Virginians (HAV) Coalition, we were disappointed that the General Assembly once again failed to close the health insurance coverage gap for low-income adults during the special session last week. We think it’s … Continue reading

September 15, 2014

Thank You to Our Carol Fox Event Sponsors!

This year, our Carol S. Fox “Making Kids Count” Awards reception marks Voices’ 20th anniversary, & so we are especially thankful this year to our many sponsors, who’ve offered their support not just in recognition of our exceptional award winners, … Continue reading

September 03, 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. Virginia’s city and county governments are taking action to balance local budgets … Continue reading