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Blog Archive: February 2020

Mid-Session Update: Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia Unified Policy Agenda

The 2020 GA Session has made progress towards making Virginia a more trauma-informed state. Thanks to all of  our partners who helped create and advocate for the Campaign’s Unified Policy…

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Voices seeks an equity consultant

Voices for Virginia’s Children is currently seeking an Equity Consultant. The following RFP details the specific scope of work.  Please contact Voices Interim Executive Director, Johanna Schuchert, at johanna@vakids.org with…

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Improvements to school lock-down drills in Virginia

School lock-down drills, also known as “Active Shooter Drills” have become nearly ubiquitous in public schools across the nation. While the intent of  lock-down drills is to prepare teachers and…

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Why Black Children Have to Be Resilient

Black children and families are no stranger to resilience. As a Black woman, I know our history. The decorations in my home consist of historically recognized icons ranging from Dr….

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Bill Explainer: HB 1301 Creating a Children’s Ombudsman

Virginia has worked for nearly two decades to create an office of the Children’s Ombudsman. This year, it narrowly made it out of the House and now needs your support…

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2020 Legislative Session Advocating For Kids In Foster Care (Updated Feb. 14th)

Foster care is a state-run program that provides temporary care for children who cannot live with their parents or other relatives. Through this system, the local department of social services…

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Update on Voices CEO Search

With the departure of the previous Executive Director in October 2019, the Voices Board of Directors has hired the firm, Warren Whitney, to coordinate the search for a new CEO….

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Early Childhood Education Transition Timeline

As the early childhood education reform bills (SB578/HB1012) continue to move towards passage at the General Assembly, we wanted to share more detail of the proposed transition timeline for early…

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2020 Mental Health Advocacy Day- THANK YOU!

Voices for Virginia’s Children once again teamed up with our partners, Mental Health America-Virginia, VOCAL, NAMI-Virginia and SAARA, to jointly host our annual mental health advocacy day. This is the 7thyear…

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Sharing Perspectives on Virginia’s Early Childhood Plans

Over my last eight years at Voices, I’ve said that Virginia needs some big ideas and big changes to our early childhood system many, many times. This year we got…

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