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Blog Archive: June 2018

Circle Preschool Program, a Best-Practices Model for Trauma-Informed Early Education

Dr. Kathy Ryan and Denise Powers co-lead the Circle Preschool Program, a trauma-informed therapeutic preschool. In school year 2015-2016, public preschools in Virginia made 318 suspensions to 167 students, according…

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Virginia Ranked 10th in 2018 National KIDS COUNT® Data Book

Virginia continued to rank near the top, achieving 10th place in the nation for overall child well-being, according to the newly released 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, an annual Annie E….

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Statement on Forming the Children’s Cabinet

Statement on Gov. Ralph Northam’s and First Lady Pam Northam’s Announcement on the Formation of the Children’s Cabinet and State-Level Early Childhood Leadership At Voices for Virginia’s Children, we are…

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Trauma-informed Policy: Keeping Children and Families Together

We have been overwhelmed and heartbroken by the media coverage of children separated from their parents at border crossings. We echo the sentiments of the child welfare community, medical community,…

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Family First Prevention Services Act Will Change Child Welfare for the Better

While lawmakers and advocates were busy pushing for advances to child welfare in Virginia during the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., quietly passed the greatest changes to child…

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2018 Legislative Agenda Highlights

After an extended General Assembly session, we are pleased the legislature approved a budget that includes Medicaid expansion that will cover nearly 400,000 more uninsured Virginians. This budget also includes…

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Voices Executive Director Builds Relationships That Advance Policy

Changing big systems often starts by working with individuals. Voices for Virginia’s Children executive director Margaret Nimmo Holland learned this early in her nonprofit career. Shortly after joining Voices (then…

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