As Voices works to connect the dots and urge federal and state leaders to prioritize action, we also support localities taking bold steps to invest in children, especially when it comes to school readiness opportunities. Growing numbers of children are living in poverty in the Commonwealth – and Alexandria is not immune to this or its devastating effects on young children.
The City of Alexandria’s model for early care and education is gaining attention, not just for opportunities for four-year-olds but also the important work for children birth to age five.
A quick look back at recent weeks:
Next step in the action:
Now, Council members and advocates face the “add/delete” phase of budget negotiations. Think of this like amendments – adding and deleting ideas and dollars for programs.
And, Council needs to hear from local advocates once again.
Voices for Virginia’s Children is working with local advocates to urge support for two particular budget amendments – one in support of youth and family after-school services at the Nannie J. Lee Center, and one in support of additional child care subsidy funding that would reach 58 families currently on the local waiting list. For more information and talking points please contact Mary Beth Testa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Council will make a final review of the “add/delete” options on Monday, May 2, and will meet to approve the final budget on May 5. Please contact your Council member this weekend!Read More Blog Posts