Northern Virginia Initiative

The Northern Virginia office of Voices for Virginia’s Children was established in 2006 to focus on the particular needs of children in Northern Virginia. The goal of the office is to raise the particular concerns of children in Northern Virginia to a statewide audience and to increase the total power of those advocating for children in the Commonwealth. We accomplish this by:

Identifying key issues that particularly affect children in Northern Virginia and building awareness about those issues.
Working with the Richmond advocacy staff to adequately represent the needs of children who live in Northern Virginia at the state level.


Extremely low reimbursemnt rate for child care providers mean fewer providers who are able to serve children with child care subsidies. Voices’ one page brief explores the impact in Northern Virginia. (pdf, Sept. 2011)

In May 2010, Voices for Virginia’s Children, in partnership with The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, released the first-ever Portrait of Children in Northern Virginia, examining the critical needs of 530,000 children in Northern Virginia. (Read the executive summary, full report and appendix here.) An interactive version of the report is also available.

The study finds that overall the region’s children have relatively positive well-being. However, the study also highlights “pockets of poverty” in the region, where large numbers of children are exposed to multiple risk factors that threaten their development and functioning. Key findings include:

  • More than 14% of children living in Northern Virginia participate in the free and reduced price school lunch programs.
  • After a decade of population shifts, 36% of children in Northern Virginia reside in the outer suburbs of Loudoun and Prince William Counties.
  • 5.7% of children in Northern Virginia live below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), defined as $22,500 for a family of four in 2009.
  • Approximately 43% of the children in Northern Virginia live in immigrant families, which is twice the National and Virginia State averages.
  • The infant mortality rates in the region increased by 20% between 2000 and 2007.
  • High school dropout rates in Northern Virginia are disproportionately high among Hispanic and Black high school populations.