Advocacy Manual This comprehensive guide describes advocacy and the Virginia legislative process and gives specific instructions on how to communicate with elected officials.
- Annual Report 2011 (pdf)
- Annual Report 2010 (pdf)
- Annual Report 2009 (pdf)
- Annual Report 2008 (pdf)
- Annual Report 2007 (pdf)
Early Care and Education
- Investing in early childhood is a proven strategy for increasing school readiness, closing achievement gaps and developing an educated, competitive future workforce. Voices’ new report, Building Our Future: The State of Virginia’s Early Childhood System, explains the challenges and identifies opportunities to strengthen programs that prepare young children to succeed in school. For highlights and a quick review of the report, please see the executive summary. (pdf, Sept. 2011)
- 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)
- Quality Matters: Setting the Stage for Life for Virginia’s Infants and Toddlers, an issue brief written by Voices for Virginia’s Children and Nonprofit Solutions for the Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network, discusses why the quality of a child’s care is so important, examines the characteristics of high quality care, and reviews efforts to improve child care quality across the state. (pdf, 2010)
- Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, a KIDS COUNT Special Report, released in partnership with Voices for Virginia’s Children, about why reading matters and what we can do to raise the bar and close the gap for all children. (pdf, May 2010)
- Achieving Excellence in Early Care for Virginia’s Infants and Toddlers a new issue brief written by Voices for Virginia’s Children for the Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network, is now available. The brief discusses the importance of high quality infant and toddler care, the availability of care in Virginia, and the ITS Network’s efforts to improve quality. (pdf, July 2009).
- Virginia Head Start Data Brief – A History of Strengthing Families and Communities (pdf, January 2008)
Family Economic Success
- In May 2009, Voices’ executive director, John Morgan, joined thought leaders from a variety of disciplines and backgroundsand participated in the “Rethinking Poverty- Exploring Economic Opportunity for All Virginians” summit in Richmond. Recommendations in the Poverty in Virginia report are a result of this analysis. The primary areas of focus are: children and education, workforce readiness, returns on work, and the public safety net.
- Predicting Poverty in the Commonwealth – This report released by Voices for Virginia’s Children and the Commonwealth Institute predicts that the recession could push an additional 73,000 children in Virginia into poverty. This would represent up to a 30-percent increase in the number of children in poverty in the state. Evidence indicates that many kids pushed into poverty during a recession will remain poor for years, exposing them to the very harmful consequences of prolonged poverty. (pdf, January 2009)
- Child Care Development Fund (CCDF): Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy Program (pdf, November 2008)
- Voices for Virginia’s Children has just released a new report, A Portrait of Virginia’s Child Welfare System. The report highlights the latest Virginia data on child maltreatment and foster care, including data on foster care children with disabilities as well as racial disparities in Virginia’s foster care system. The report also evaluates the Children’s Services System Transformation, a multi-agency initiative implemented in December 2007 to streamline Virginia’s foster care placement system and increase community- and family-based placements for foster youth in care. Finally, the report outlines domains where more and better data are needed to fully understand Virginia’s foster care population and to offer data-driven policy recommendations for improvement.
In 2008 and 2009, Voices, the Virginia Poverty Law Center, FACES of Virginia Families, and ART 180 hosted VOICES for Change, an art initiative to amplify the voices of youth in foster care. Youth were encouraged to submit an original essay, poem, painting, illustration or photograph expressing their feelings about transitioning to adulthood. A panel of expert judges reviewed the submissions and selected winners in writing, photography, and two-dimensional art.
- Download the compilation of all the 2009 submissions.
- Download the compilation of all the 2008 submissions.
- Foster Care in Virginia: A Place to Call Home – This data brief highlights the opportunity for foster care reform in Virginia, provides a snapshot of children in foster care, and summarizes recent findings regarding permanency for youth in care in Virginia. (pdf January 2008)
- Intensive In-Home Services for Children’s Mental Health in Virginia: Time to Focus on Quality (July 2012) (Full Paper, PDF) (Executive Summary, PDF)
- Mental Health in Virginia: Deficiencies and Unknown Outcomes (pdf, May 2011) – This report examines how children who face serious mental and emotional problems fare in Virginia.
- Virginians Speak Out (pdf, 2010) – The purpose of this report, the first in a series from the Campaign for Children’s Mental Health, is to summarize citizen opinion on the current state of children’s mental health services in Virginia.
- 2009 SCHIP Reauthorization (pdf, October 2008)
- A Guide to Understanding and Using Data for Effective Advocacy (May 2011) is a resource to assist child advocates in promoting data-driven public policies and programs. Intended for advocates, program administrators, direct service providers, and citizens alike, this Guide offers a user-friendly introduction to statistical concepts. We hope that this document will assist advocates in better leveraging data to advocate for policies based on quality data and best practices.
- 2012 Kids Count Data Book (pdf)
- 2012 Kids Count Data Book, Virginia Child Well-being Index (pdf)
- 2011 Kids Count Data Book (pdf)
- 2010 Kids Count Data Book (pdf)
- 2009 Kids Count Data Book (pdf)
- 2009 Kids Count Data Book’s feature essay (pdf) on the importance of data.
- 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book (pdf)
- 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book’s feature essay (pdf) on juvenile justice issues.
- Portrait of Children in Northern Virginia – This report examines the critical needs of 530,000 children in Northern Virginia.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. See the related appendix of tables and charts. (PDF, May 2010)
- Self-Portrait of Youth in Northern Virginia – This report released by Voices for Virginia’s Children shows that, overall, Northern Virginia youth exhibit a relative advantage in general well-being over their peers nationwide. Compared to youth nationally, youth in Northern Virginia show somewhat lower rates of drug use, violence and other health risk behaviors. The report also cautions that each locale has large numbers of at-risk youth, and urges community leaders to identify sub-groups and neighborhoods with higher rates of health risk behaviors and to promote community initiatives to address these risks. (PDF, July 2009)