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Blog Archive: December 2017

The 2018 Unified Early Childhood Policy Agenda

written by Mary Beth Testa, Voices’ Northern Virginia consultant Early childhood development is a smart investment. We have made good progress in Virginia in recent years: recognition is increasing among…

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Promote Resilience and Prevent Childhood Trauma

Recommendations to the 2018 General Assembly Written by Mary Beth Testa, Voices’ Northern Virginia consultant Research shows that chronic, severe stressors in childhood can cause toxic, traumatic biological responses to…

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Promoting Better Outcomes for Kids in Foster Care

Voices has long championed public policies that improve outcomes for children in Virginia’s foster care system. For example, in 2015 we launched Fostering Health VA, a website that walks youth…

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Fairfax County Is Building Strong Brains By Addressing Childhood Trauma

Written by Mary Beth Testa, Voices’ Northern Virginia consultant On Nov. 21, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to designate Fairfax County as a trauma-informed community (TIC)….

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JLARC Report on Early Learning

Response to the JLARC Report on Early Learning: Focus on the “No Brainers” The just-released Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) study of early childhood programs provides some high-impact,…

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